Minor League Schedule: Taillon and McDonald Going Today

James McDonald gets his fifth rehab start for Indianapolis today and Jameson Taillon returns from a minor injury that sidelined him for a few days. Bradenton is on their All-Star break. They will resume play on Monday. West Virginia goes on their All-Star break after today’s game. Both Dominican Summer League teams are off today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the 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 hasn't pitched in 12 days

Jameson Taillon hasn’t pitched in 12 days

AAA: Indianapolis (46-24) @ Durham (43-26) 5:05pm
Probable starter: James McDonald (1-1, 7.45)
Yesterday’s Result: Durham 4, Indianapolis 2

James McDonald will make his fifth rehab start tonight. This will be his third with Indianapolis, following two starts for Altoona. In his last start, McDonald lasted six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks, while picking up three strikeouts. It was a big step up from his previous start, when he lasted 3.2 innings before reaching his pitch count. In that game, he allowed three runs on four hits and a walk, while striking out two batters. He was 0-1, 5.79 in his two Altoona starts, lasting just 2/3 of an inning in the first game, then four innings in his next outing.

AA: Altoona (29-37) vs Trenton (33-34) 6:00pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (3-5, 3.11)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4, Trenton 0

Jameson Taillon will get his 13th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 66.2 innings, allowing 64 hits, five homers and 27 walks. Taillon has 71 strikeouts, a 1.17 GO/AO ratio and a .245 BAA. He will be going on extra rest(his last start was June 4) after having his start pushed back due to a stiff neck. Taillon threw six innings in his last start, allowing seven hits, six runs(just one was earned) and one walk, while striking out three batters. He is tied for seventh in the Eastern League in strikeouts, just five behind second place

High-A: Bradenton (26-39) @ Jupiter (33-32) 6:35pm 6/17
Probable starter: TBD
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton is on their All-Star break

The Marauders are now on their All-Star break. They are in last place in their division, 17.5 games behind first place Fort Myers. When they return to action on Monday, they will play three games on the road against Jupiter, three at home against Charlotte and then go back on the road for six games. They will play 17 straight days without a day off. As of right now, Alen Hanson will be the team’s only representative in the All-Star game. Both Gregory Polanco and Nick Kingham were selected, but they have been promoted to Altoona.

Low-A: West Virginia (37-32) @ Greensboro (32-36) 4:00pm
Probable starter: Joely Rodriguez (5-4, 2.65)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 6, Greensboro 4

Joely Rodriguez will get his 14th start of the season today. He has pitched a total of 68 innings, allowing 68 hits, four homers and 19 walks. He has 54 strikeouts, a 2.07 GO/AO ratio and a .264 BAA. In his last outing, Rodriguez threw five shutout innings, allowing six hits, two walks and he struck out four batters. He faced Greensboro on May 1st and allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks over six innings. On the road, he is 3-1, 2.43 in six starts. Left-handed batters are hitting .221 against him, with no homers.

DSL: Pirates1 (6-6) vs Mets2 (6-6) 10:30am 6/17
Yesterday’s Result: ┬áMets2 4, Pirates1 3 in 10 innings

DSL: Pirates2 (7-5) vs Reds (3-10) 10:30am 6/17
Yesterday’s Result: Pirates2 13, Reds 3

Recent Transactions

6/15 Stolmy Pimentel promoted to Indianapolis.

6/13 Jeanmar Gomez added to Indianapolis roster on rehab assignment.

6/13 Pirates announce signings of ten draft picks.

6/13 Gregory Polanco promoted to Altoona.

6/12 Oscar Tejeda promoted to Indianapolis

6/11 Kirk Singer added to Bradenton roster.

6/10 Nick Kingham promoted to Altoona.

6/9 Daniel Grovatt placed on disabled list.

John Dreker

Author: 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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