Minor League Schedule: 4/24/13

Indianapolis was rained out yesterday. They will make the game up as part of a doubleheader today. Indianapolis, Altoona and West Virginia all have morning start times today. Bradenton has off today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. We have added a Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this page, for all Pirates minor league transactions. A full recap of yesterday’s action can be found here.

Andy Oliver struck out ten batters in his last start

Andy Oliver struck out ten batters in his last start

AAA: Indianapolis (13-6) VS Lehigh Valley (7-10) 11:05am DH
Probable starter:  Kris Johnson (1-1, 2.84) and Andy Oliver (1-0, 2.11)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was rained out

Kris Johnson will make his fourth start of the season today. In his last start, he went five innings, allowing three runs on five hits. In his opener, he threw five scoreless innings against Columbus at home. He then faced Columbus on the road in his second start and went six innings, giving up two runs. In 16 innings pitched, he has 11 strikeouts, with a .250 BAA and a 1.25 GO/AO ratio. Johnson spent part of last year in Indianapolis, where he went 5-2, 4.53 in four starts and 16 relief appearances. Andy Oliver will get the other start today. He will make his fifth start of the year. He has kept the opposition off the board in three of his four games, giving up just six hits over 17 innings. Oliver has walked three batters in each of his four outings. In 21.1 total innings, he has 29 strikeouts and a .164 average, with a 1.27 GO/AO ratio.

AA: Altoona (8-11) @ Richmond (10-10) 10:35am
Probable starter: Stolmy Pimentel (0-0, 0.52)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 3, Altoona 0

Stolmy Pimentel will make his fourth start of the season today. He has allowed just one run so far, over 17.1 total innings pitched. Pimentel threw six shutout innings in his opener, giving up two hits and a walk. In his next outing, he allowed five hits and three walks, but still threw 6.1 shutout innings and picked up seven strikeouts. He had some control issues in his last start, walking four hitters in five innings. Pimentel has 15 strikeouts, an 0.95 GO/AO ratio and a .161 BAA.

High-A: Bradenton (6-13) @ St Lucie (12-7) 6:30pm 4/25
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (0-0, 6.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Jupiter 3, Bradenton 0 (game story)

Bradenton is off today. They will begin a brief three game road trip in St Lucie, before returning home on Sunday to face Brevard County. Bradenton is 1-7 on the road this year and they are currently nine games out of first place in their division. The Marauders had a four game win streak snapped with their loss on Tuesday night. Gregory Polanco’s .338 average is tops among all regulars on the team and ranks him 11th in the league. He leads the league with nine stolen bases. Nick Kingham ranks tied for fifth in the league with 20 strikeouts.

Low-A: West Virginia (8-10) @ Charleston (8-9) 11:05am
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (0-0, 1.54)
Yesterday’s Result: Charleston 4, West Virginia 2

Tyler Glasnow will make his fourth start of the season today. In his last outing, Glasnow threw four no-hit innings. He did however, give up two unearned runs and walked four batters. In his previous start, he allowed just one hit, but was plagued by control problems, cutting his outing short after only 2.2 innings. Glasnow was strong in his opening game, throwing five shutout innings, with four hits, no walks and six strikeouts. In 11.2 innings this year, he has 13 strikeouts and a .122 BAA.

Recent Transactions

4/23 Assigned Charlie Morton to the Altoona roster

4/20 Assigned Francisco Liriano and Jose Contreras to the Altoona roster

4/19 Released Alex Valdez

4/19 Bradenton added Junior Sosa to their roster. Sent Daniel Grovatt to Extended Spring Training

4/18 Added Barrett Barnes to West Virginia roster

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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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