Minor League Schedule: 5/2/13

In Altoona this morning, Jameson Taillon will get the start, trying to get back on track after two subpar outings. Today in Indianapolis, Phil Irwin will make his first appearance since his major league debut on April 14th against the Reds. Bradenton’s game Tuesday night was suspended in the seventh inning with the score tied 4-4 and Brevard County batting. They finished the game before yesterday’s regularly scheduled game. Indianapolis has 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.

Jameson Taillon struck out seven in his last outing

Jameson Taillon struck out seven in his last outing

AAA: Indianapolis (20-7) @ Lehigh Valley (10-15) 7:05pm
Probable starter:  Phil Irwin (1-0, 1.50)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis was off

Phil Irwin will make his second start for Indianapolis tonight. He has also made one start for the Pirates 18 days ago. Since that start for Pittsburgh, Irwin has been suffering from arm fatigue. In his only start for Indianapolis on 4/8, he beat Toledo at home by allowing one run over six innings. He gave up four hits, one walk and he struck out five batters.

AA: Altoona (11-15) VS Akron (12-14) 10:30am
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (2-2, 3.03)
Yesterday’s Result: Akron 5, Altoona 4

Jameson Taillon will make his sixth start of the season today. He pitched great in his first three outings, but has not been solid in either start since. Taillon had a 1.00 ERA in his first three starts combined, twice throwing shutout ball. In his last two games, he has given up eight runs on 12 hits and four walks in 11.2 innings. Taillon has 30 strikeouts this year in 29.2 innings, with a 1.11 GO/AO ratio and a .211 BAA. He has a 2.41 ERA in his three home starts.

High-A: Bradenton (9-17) @ Palm Beach (13-13) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Robby Rowland (1-0, 4.76)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 5, Brevard County 4 in 10 innings(game one) Brevard County 1, Bradenton 0 in 8 innings(game two)  (game recaps)

Robby Rowland will make his sixth start of the season tonight. This will be his fifth start on the road, where he has gone 1-0, 4.50 this season. Rowland is coming off a rough outing on Saturday against St Lucie, when he allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. On the year, he has 17 strikeouts, a 1.35 GO/AO ratio and a .264 BAA in 22.2 innings. Righties are hitting .192 with no homers against him, while left-handed batters are hitting .371 with two homers.

Low-A: West Virginia (11-15) VS Greensboro (11-13) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Clay Holmes (1-2, 3.91)
Yesterday’s Result:  West Virginia 6, Greensboro 3 (Game recap)

Clay Holmes will make his sixth start of the season tonight. He has had trouble with his control all season, walking 19 batters in 23 innings. While he has been able to throw shutout ball in two of his starts, the walks have come back to hurt him in the other three games. He was striking out almost a batter per inning in his first three games(13K in 14IP), but in his last two outings, he struck out just one batter over nine innings of work. There are some very positive signs with him. Holmes has given up just one home run, while posting a 2.00 GO/AO ratio and a .229 BAA.

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

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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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