Minor League Schedule: 4/26/13

The Pirates and their three affiliates that played last night, all won, completing a rare organizational sweep for the day. Altoona was off yesterday. 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.

Clay Holmes looks to bounce back from a rough outing

Clay Holmes looks to bounce back from a rough outing

AAA: Indianapolis (15-7) VS Lehigh Valley (8-12) 7:15pm
Probable starter:  Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 5.56)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5, Lehigh Valley 1

Brandon Cumpton will make his third start for Indianapolis this season and his fifth start overall this year. Cumpton made two starts for Altoona, going 0-1, 7.45 in 9.2 innings. In his first start for Indy, he went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out two batters. In his last start, he went six innings, giving up three runs and he struck out eight batters. Cumpton has a 2.21 GO/AO ratio this season between both stops.

AA: Altoona (8-11) VS Erie (10-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (3-0, 2.16)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off yesterday

Casey Sadler will make his fifth start of the season tonight. In each of his last two starts, Sadler has allowed just one run over seven innings of work. In 25 total innings this season, he has given up 21 hits, five walks and he has recorded 14 strikeouts, while posting a 2.35 GO/AO ratio and holding batters to a .233 BAA. Left-handed batters are hitting just .167 against him. Sadler faced Erie in his first start, allowing one run over five innings of work.

High-A: Bradenton (7-13) @ St Lucie (12-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-3, 3.44)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 9, St Lucie 1

Eliecer Navarro will make his fourth start of the year. He has also made one relief appearance. Navarro has pitched a total of 18.1 innings, giving up 22 hits, while striking out 14 batters. He has issued just four walks, hasn’t allowed a home run and he has a 1.71 GO/AO ratio. Navarro faced St Lucie 12 days ago, going 3.1 innings in a loss. He allowed three runs(two earned) on six hits and a walk.

Low-A: West Virginia (9-11) @ Savannah (12-8) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (1-1, 3.50)
Yesterday’s Result:  West Virginia 7, Charleston 0

Clay Holmes will make his fifth start of the season tonight. He has had two rough outings and thrown shutout ball in his other two games. Holmes went four innings in his last start, allowing three runs on three hits and five walks, while striking out just one batter.  He combined for 10.1 scoreless innings in his last two starts, allowing only five hits. In 18 innings, Holmes has 14 strikeouts, 15 walks, a 1.86 GO/AO ratio and a .197 BAA.

Recent Transactions

4/24 Traded Roman Colon to the Atlanta Braves

4/24 Placed Tyler Waldron and Jason Townsend on the disabled list. Added Justin Howard and Ethan Hollingsworth to Altoona roster

4/24 Assigned Jonathan Schwind to West Virginia roster. Reassigned Lance Breedlove to Extended Spring Training

4/23 Brandon Inge promoted to majors. Alex Presley sent down to Indianapolis. Oscar Tejeda sent to Altoona

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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