Indianapolis and West Virginia each have top-15 prospects in the Pirates system pitching tonight. Rudy Owens,ranked 13th overall in the Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide, gets his first start of the season tonight. In WV, Nick Kingham (ranked 10th) tries to rebound from his poor Opening Day start. At Bradenton, Hunter Strickland will make his first appearance in 22 months. All four Pirates affiliates lost last night. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Rudy Owens looks to rebound from a disappointing 2011 season

AAA: Indianapolis (2-2) @ Columbus (4-1) 6:35pm
Probable starter: Rudy Owens (9-7 5.05 last year for Indy)

Indianapolis lost yesterday by a 4-3 score (game story here). Charlie Morton got the start and went 7.2 innings, allowing just one run on six hi...

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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.