Minor League Schedule: 4/11/13

All four affiliates have gone through the entire rotation now for the first time, so pitchers are now getting their second looks.  Both Indianapolis and West Virginia are facing their current opponents for a second series already. Two top ten prospects will take the mound tonight, Kyle McPherson for Indianapolis and Nick Kingham for Bradenton. Altoona was rained out yesterday in the last game of the Akron series. A makeup date wasn’t announced. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here

Nick Kingham looked good early in his first start

Nick Kingham looked good early in his first start

AAA: Indianapolis (5-2) @ Columbus (1-5) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Kyle McPherson (0-0 9.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 7 Toledo 2

Kyle McPherson will make his second start of the season tonight. He pitched  at home against Columbus last week,  and lasted just three innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, while recording one strikeout. Last year, McPherson had three starts for Indianapolis, posting an 0.98 ERA, with 17 strikeouts in 18.1 innings. He also made ten appearances for the Pirates, three as a starter. An Indianapolis team preview can be viewed here.

AA: Altoona (3-3) VS Harrisburg (3-4) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (1-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result:  Altoona was rained out

Casey Sadler threw five innings in his debut at Erie, allowing one run on six hits, a walk and he struck out three batters. He recorded 11 outs on the ground. Last year for Bradenton, Sadler went 4-6, 3.73 in a combined 17 starts and 15 relief appearances, with 93 strikeouts in 130.1 innings. He had a .255 BAA and a 1.52 GO/AO ratio. An Altoona team preview can be viewed here.

High-A: Bradenton (0-6) @ Charlotte(3-3) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (0-1, 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 4 Bradenton 3 in 10 innings

Nick Kingham will make his second start of the season tonight. He pitched five innings in his season debut against Fort Myers and allowed two earned runs on three hits, one walk and he struck out four batters. Last year for West Virginia, he was 6-8, 4.39 in 27 starts. He threw a total of 127  innings, striking out 117 batters, against just 36 walks, while posting a 1.25 GO/AO ratio. Kingham allowed 15 homers last year and one during his first start this year. A Bradenton team preview can be viewed here.

Low-A: West Virginia (1-6) @ Asheville (5-2) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Orlando Castro (0-1, 2.84)
Yesterday’s Result: Charleston 12 West Virginia 5

Orlando Castro will make his second start of the season tonight. He threw 6.1 innings in his debut against Asheville, allowing three runs on five hits and no walks, while striking out six hitters. Last year for West Virginia, the 21-year-old lefty was 4-6, 4.76 in 17 relief appearances and one start. He had 42 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. He also made three scoreless relief appearances for State College. A West Virginia team preview can be viewed here.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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