Minor League Schedule: 4/9/13

Three of the four affiliates have gone through the entire rotation now for the first time, so pitchers are now getting their second looks.  Andy Oliver had an impressive debut and looks to build on that, hoping to regain his prospect status. Bradenton was off yesterday, so they play their fifth game of the year tonight, where they will look to pick up their first win of the year. 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.

Andy Oliver looks to make it two good starts in a row tonight

Andy Oliver looks to make it two good starts in a row tonight

AAA: Indianapolis (3-2) VS Toledo (1-4) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Andy Oliver (0-0, 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 3 Toledo 1

Andy Oliver will make his second start of the season tonight. He pitched the season opener at home against Columbus, throwing six shutout innings. He allowed just two hits, while walking three and striking out six. Oliver spent last year in the Tigers system, where he went 5-9, 4.88 in AAA, making 19 starts and nine relief appearances. He struck out 112 batters in 118 innings. Oliver has had control problems, leading the International League with 88 walks in 2012 and finishing second with 80 in 2011. An Indianapolis team preview can be viewed here.

AA: Altoona (2-3) @ Akron (2-3) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 7.20)
Yesterday’s Result:  Akron 5 Altoona 3

Brandon Cumpton threw five innings in his debut at Erie, allowing four runs on six hits, two walks and he struck out six batters. Last year for Altoona, Cumpton went 12-11, 3.84 in 27 starts, with 88 strikeouts in 152.1 innings. He had a .261 BAA and a 2.04 GO/AO ratio. He was named to the Eastern League All-Star team last year. An Altoona team preview can be viewed here.

High-A: Bradenton (0-4) @ Charlotte(1-3) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-1, 3.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton was off

Eliecer Navarro will make his first start of the season tonight. He pitched three innings of relief on Opening Day against Fort Myers. Navarro allowed one run on four hits, no walks and he struck out four batters. Last year for Bradenton, he was 5-8, 3.62 in 13 starts and 18 relief appearances. He threw a total of 112 innings, striking out 88 batters, against just 27 walks. A Bradenton team preview can be viewed here.

Low-A: West Virginia (1-4) VS Charleston (3-2) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (0-1, 3.60)
Yesterday’s Result: Charleston 9 West Virginia 4

Joely Rodriguez will make his second start of the season tonight. He threw five innings on Opening Day against Asheville, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight hitters. Last year for State College, the 21-year-old lefty was 3-4, 4.50 in 14 starts. He had just 32 strikeouts in 64 innings, but kept the ball on the ground and in the ballpark, posting a 1.72 GO/AO ratio while allowing only two home runs. 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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