Minor League Schedule: 5/12/13

Two top pitching prospects are on the mound today, as all the games are early afternoon starts. Jameson Taillon will take the mound, trying to rebound from a tough start that ended early due to injury. Tyler Glasnow gets the start for West Virginia, looking to continue his dominance over SAL hitters, while also trying to improve his command. Bradenton has off today. Altoona and West Virginia both played doubleheaders 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.

Jameson Taillon has struggled recently after a strong start.

Jameson Taillon has struggled recently after a strong start.

AAA: Indianapolis (26-11) VS Toledo (10-27) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Brandon Cumpton (2-2, 2.38)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 8, Toledo 5

Brandon Cumpton will make his fifth start for Indianapolis today. He has also pitched once in relief and he has made two starts for Altoona. Cumpton has pitched a total of 39 innings this year, giving up 34 hits, one homer and 13 walks. He has 32 strikeouts, a terrific 2.57 GO/AO ratio and a .231 BAA. In his last start, he matched his season high with eight strikeouts, going seven innings with two earned runs allowed. He faced Toledo in his first AAA start, allowing four runs in 5.1 innings

AA: Altoona (15-21) VS Richmond (17-17) 1:00pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-4, 3.26)
Yesterday’s Result: Richmond 5, Altoona 0(game one) Altoona 5, Richmond 3(game two)

Jameson Taillon will make his seventh start of the season today. He left his last start early after being him on the leg by a line drive. In 38.2 innings, he has allowed 37 hits, one homers, 13 walks and he has 39 strikeouts. At home this year, he is 1-3, 2.55 in four starts, with a .202 BAA. Taillon has faced Richmond twice this year, with vastly different results. In his first game, he threw seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits. Five days later, he gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings.

High-A: Bradenton (13-23) @ Clearwater  (18-16) 7:00pm 5/13
Probable starter: Eliecer Navarro (0-6, 3.57)
Yesterday’s Result: Charlotte 4, Bradenton 1

Bradenton has off today. They resume their schedule tomorrow night on the road for four games, before returning home for a seven day homestand. Bradenton is currently fifth in their division, 14.5 games behind first place Fort Myers. They are 5-13 on the road, 4-6 in their last ten games and they have lost two straight. Gregory Polanco leads the team in all three Triple Crown categories, .303 avg, four homers and 19 RBI’s. On the pitching side, Nick Kingham’s four wins and 47 strikeouts lead the team, and his 2.95 ERA leads all starters.

Low-A: West Virginia (17-18) @ Lexington (17-18) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Tyler Glasnow (2-0, 1.80)
Yesterday’s Result: Lexington 2, West Virginia 0(game one) West Virginia 4, Lexington 3(game two)

Tyler Glasnow will make his seventh start of the season today. He has been limited in his work due to some control problems, but he has also been nearly unhittable all season. In 25 innings, Glasnow has allowed 11 hits, no homers and 17 walks. He has 33 strikeouts and a .129 BAA. He has had more success at home this year, posting an 0.64 ERA in three starts, versus a 3.27 ERA in three road starts.

Recent Transactions

5/9 Neil Walker added to Altoona roster.

5/9 Zach Thornton added to Altoona roster. Justin Howard and Jeff Inman added to Disabled List. Jason Townsend activated from DL.

5/9 Cesar Lopez added to Bradenton roster.

5/8 Duke Welker promoted to majors. Josh Harrison rejoins Indianapolis.

5/8 Tim Alderson promoted to Indianapolis. Quinton Miller promoted to Altoona. Jhondaniel Medina added to Bradenton roster.

5/6 Phil Irwin placed on Indianapolis DL. Oscar Tejeda added to Indianapolis roster.

5/6 Matt Curry placed on DL. Justin Howard and Miguel Perez added to Altoona roster.

5/5 Daniel Grovatt added to Bradenton roster. Jhondaniel Medina assigned to Extended Spring Training

5/5 Zack Dodson added to Bradenton roster. Junior Sosa sent to West Virginia.

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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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