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Minor League Schedule: 5/1/13

Bradenton’s game last night was suspended in the seventh inning with the score tied 4-4 and Brevard County batting. The game will resume today, prior to the start of the regularly scheduled game. West Virginia was off yesterday. Indianapolis 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.

Rodriguez threw 5.1 shutout innings in his last start

Rodriguez threw 5.1 shutout innings in his last start

AAA: Indianapolis (20-7) @ Lehigh Valley (10-15) 7:05pm 5/2
Probable starter:  Phil Irwin (1-0, 1.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 9, Gwinnett 2

Indianapolis has off today. When they resume play on Thursday, they will open up an eight game road series, with four games in Lehigh Valley and four games against Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Indianapolis has a 5.5 game lead in their division. They are 14-3 at home this year, 6-4 on the road. The Indians are 9-1 in their last ten games and they have won six in a row.

AA: Altoona (11-14) VS Akron (11-14) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Casey Sadler (3-1, 2.79)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 5, Altoona 0 (Game story)

Casey Sadler will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He is coming off his worst outing of the season, lasting four innings on Friday against Erie, giving up three earned runs on eight hits and two walks. In each of his two prior starts, Sadler went seven innings with one run allowed. He has pitched a total of 29 innings this year, giving up 29 hits, two homers and seven walks. Sadler has 17 strikeouts, a 2.25 GO/AO ratio and a .266 BAA. Left-handed batters are hitting .200 against him.

High-A: Bradenton (8-15) VS Brevard County (13-11) 10:00am
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-4, 3.70)
Yesterday’s Result: Brevard County 4, Bradenton 4 (suspended in 7th due to rain)

Eliecer Navarro will get his fifth start of the year today. He has also pitched once in relief. Navarro has thrown a total of 24.1 innings, surrendering 30 hits, two homers and four walks, while picking up 18 strikeouts. Lefties are hitting .238 against him this year, while right-handed batters have a .321 average. In his last start, Navarro went six innings for the third time this year, though he allowed season highs in hits with eight and runs with four.

Low-A: West Virginia (10-15) VS Greensboro (11-12) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (1-2, 4.68)
Yesterday’s Result:  West Virginia was off yesterday

Joely Rodriguez will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He is coming off his best start of the year, going 5.1 scoreless innings on  Thursday at Charleston. He allowed four hits and one walk, both season low totals for him. Rodriguez gave up nine runs(three earned) over 4.2 innings in his previous start. On the year, he has 20 strikeouts, an impressive 2.31 GO/AO ratio and a .297 BAA. He struck out a season high eight batters in his first start.

Recent Transactions

4/30 Phil Irwin added to Indianapolis roster. Bryan Morris recalled by Pirates.

4/30 Altoona activated Adalberto Santos from DL

4/30 Placed Zack Von Rosenberg on the DL. Added Jhondaniel Medina to Bradenton roster

4/28 Jhonathan Ramos promoted to Altoona. Emmanuel De Leon added to Bradenton roster.

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

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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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