A.J. Burnett will make his third rehab start of the season tonight, this time moving up to AAA. Altoona begins a three game series in Harrisburg tonight. Indianapolis played two games yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.
Triple-A: Indianapolis (5-5) VS Toledo (5-5) 7:05pm
Probable starter: A.J. Burnett (0-2 8.53 for Bradenton)
Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 9 Toledo 2/ Indianapolis 3 Toledo 4 in 10 innings (game stories here)
A.J. Burnett will make his third rehab start today. He made his previous two starts as a member of Bradenton with two totally different results. On 4/6 he allowed one run on two hits and a walk in 4.2 innings, recording five strikeouts. On 4/11 he allowed eight runs(five earned) on five hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He recorded four strikeouts that game, giving him a total of nine in 6.1 innings.
Double-A: Altoona (4-4) @ Harrisburg (7-4) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Aaron Poreda (1-0 0.00)
Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 1 Richmond 3
Aaron Poreda will be making his second start of the season tonight. In his first game on 4/10 against Akron, he went five innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits with five walks and two strikeouts. Aaron was picked up by the Pirates in the minor league portion of the 2011 rule 5 draft. Last year he pitched for AAA Tucson (Padres) where he made 41 appearances, striking out 79 in 69.1 innings.
High-A: Bradenton (4-6) VS Palm Beach (4-6) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Tyler Waldron (0-0 5.40)
Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 10 Palm Beach 1
Tyler Waldron will be making his first start of the season tonight. He has pitched twice in relief so far, going 2.2 innings on 4/6 when he allowed four runs on four hits and three walks. He followed that up with a four inning outing on 4/11, this time giving up one run on five hits and a walk. He has recorded four strikouts in 6.2 IP. Last Year Waldron made 22 starts and four relief appearances, splitting his season between West Virginia and Bradenton. He had an 11-7 4.69 record in 126.2 innings with 80 strikeouts.
Low-A: West Virginia (5-6) VS Asheville (7-4) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Mike Jefferson (1-1 6.75)
Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 9 Greenville 6 (game story here)
Mike Jefferson will be making his second start and third appearance tonight. He started on 4/11, going 3.1 innings in which he allowed six runs(five earned) on five hits and three walks with one strikeout. He pitched 4.2 hitless innings of relief on 4/6 when Stetson Allie failed to make it out of the first inning. Jefferson was a 22nd round draft pick in 2011, who pitched at State College last year, going 2-3 4.33 in 43.2 innings with 34 strikeouts.
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