Minor League Schedule: 5/5/13

In Indianapolis this afternoon, Francisco Liriano will make what is scheduled to be his last rehab appearance before joining the Pirates next week. West Virginia had off yesterday. Zack Dodson will get the start for Bradenton today, making his 2013 debut. 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.

Francisco Liriano should be making his last rehab start

Francisco Liriano should be making his last rehab start

AAA: Indianapolis (21-9) @ Lehigh Valley (12-16) 1:35pm
Probable starter: Francisco Liriano (2-0, 1.64)
Yesterday’s Result: Lehigh Valley 3, Indianapolis 2 in 13 innings

Francisco Liriano will make his fifth minor league start as he wraps up his rehab assignment. This will be his third start with Indianapolis, following one start with Altoona and Bradenton. On 4/25, Liriano faced Lehigh Valley at home, giving up one run over five innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts. In his last outing, he went six innings, allowing one run on four hits, with no walks and nine strikeouts. In 16.2 total innings, Liriano has 27 strikeouts, a 2.14 GO/AO ratio and a .200 BAA, while allowing just three walks.

AA: Altoona (11-18) @ Erie (16-11) 1:35pm
Probable starter: David Bromberg (0-3, 6.19)
Yesterday’s Result: Erie 4, Altoona 3

David Bromberg will get his third start of the season today. He has also made three relief appearances. In 16 total innings, he has given up 20 hits, two homers and five walks, while picking up 16 strikeouts. In his last start on 4/30, he went six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. Bromberg pitched one inning against Erie on 4/26, allowing one run on one hit, no walks and one strikeout. He has a .328 BAA.

High-A: Bradenton (11-18) @ Dunedin (17-11) 5:00pm
Probable starter: Adrian Sampson (0-0, 5.16)  Zack Dodson(2013 debut)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 7, Palm Beach 3 (game one) Palm Beach 8, Bradenton 2 (game two)

Zack Dodson has been activated for today’s game and will make his 2013 debut. He missed the beginning of the season, serving out the rest of his 50 game suspension from last year. Adrian Sampson will make his sixth start of the season tomorrow. In 22.2 innings, he has allowed 28 hits, two homers and eight walks, while striking out 15 batters. He has made four of his starts at home this season, with his only road start being his best game of the year. At St Lucie on 4/25, he allowed one run over 4.2 innings. Sampson has had significant trouble against left-handed batters this year, allowing them to hit .379, while posting a 0.17 GO/AO ratio.

Low-A: West Virginia (12-16) VS Greenville (10-18) 5:05pm
Probable starter: John Kuchno (0-1, 5.14)
Yesterday’s Result:  West Virginia was off yesterday

John Kuchno will make his sixth start of the season today. In his last outing, he went 4.2 innings, allowing one run on four hits and four walks. His longest outing this season was five innings on 4/17, when he threw shutout ball, giving up just two hits and no walks against this same Greenville team he’s facing today. Kuchno has made each of his last four starts on the road. In 21 innings, he has allowed 23 hits and 15 walks, while posting a 1.30 GO/AO ratio, a .288 BAA and he has 15 strikeouts.

Recent Transactions

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

5/4 Jeff Larish added to Indianapolis roster

5/4 Barrett Barnes put on West Virginia disabled list

5/3 Jordy Mercer promoted to majors. Charlie Morton added to Indianapolis roster.

5/3 Jose Contreras promoted to majors. Jared Hughes sent to Indianapolis.

5/3 Pirates sign Jeff Gibbs

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.

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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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