Minor League Schedule: 4/28/13

Charlie Morton will get his third rehab start today as he pitches for Altoona, trying to work his way back from Tommy John Surgery. Indianapolis, Altoona and West Virginia all have early afternoon start times. 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.

Charlie Morton

Morton threw four shutout innings on Tuesday

AAA: Indianapolis (17-7) VS Gwinnett (12-12) 1:35pm
Probable starter:  Brooks Brown (1-0, 2.25)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 4, Gwinnett 1

Brooks Brown will get his second start of the season for Indianapolis today. He has also pitched five times in relief. In his last start(4/13) he threw four shutout innings, allowing just one hit, no walks and he struck out four batters. Brown has a 1-0, 3.00 record in 12 innings as a reliever. On the year, he has a 1.43 GO/AO ratio and a .211 BAA.

AA: Altoona (9-13) VS Erie (12-8) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Erie 3, Altoona 1

Charlie Morton will get his third rehab start as he tries to make his way back from Tommy John Surgery. It will be his second start for Altoona. On Tuesday, he threw four shutout innings, giving up one hit, two walks and picking up three strikeouts. Morton threw 69 pitches that night, 40 went for strikes. He also made a start for Bradenton in which he allowed two runs over three innings of work.

High-A: Bradenton (7-14) VS Brevard County (12-10) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Nick Kingham (1-2, 3.92)
Yesterday’s Result: St Lucie 13, Bradenton 5

Nick Kingham will make his fifth start of the year and his third start at home. He has faced Jupiter in each of his last two outings, throwing six shutout innings, with a season-high seven strikeouts in the first game, then he allowed two runs over five innings in his next game. In that last game, he didn’t walk a batter for the first time this year and he recorded six strikeouts. In 20.2 innings this season, he has four walks and twenty strikeouts. Right-handed batters are hitting .216 against him.

Low-A: West Virginia (9-14) @ Savannah (14-8) 2:05pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (0-1, 6.06)
Yesterday’s Result:  Savannah  1, West Virginia 0

John Kuchno will get his fifth start of the season today. He has pitched a total of 16.1 innings this year, giving up 19 hits and 11 walks, while striking out 14 batters. His numbers have been much improved over his last two outings, allowing just one run over nine innings of work. This will be his fourth straight start of the road. Kuchno has a 2.09 GO/AO ratio.

Recent Transactions

4/26 Jose Contreras promoted to Indianapolis

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

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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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