Minor League Schedule: 6/19/12

Jameson Taillon gets his first start since the All-Star break. In his last four starts, he has allowed a total of 20 earned runs in 19.1 innings. West Virginia began their All-Star break yesterday. Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco and Matt Benedict were all chosen for the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which will be played tonight. Altoona was off yesterday. They resume their schedule tonight at home. State College and the GCL Pirates opened their schedule yesterday. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Despite recent struggles, Taillon still has the 11th best WHIP(1.23) in the FSL

Triple-A: Indianapolis (41-29) @ Gwinnett (37-35) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Jeff Locke (5-3 3.27)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 5 Gwinnett 4 (Game story here)

Jeff Locke will make his 13th start of the season. He has pitched a total of 71.2 innings, allowing 70 hits, six homers, 16 walks and he has 64 strikeouts, with a .260 BAA and an 0.99 GO/AO ratio. Left-handed batters are hitting .182 against him with no homers. In his last start, Jeff went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He has made seven road starts this year, going 1-2 3.83 in 40 innings.

Double-A: Altoona (31-36) VS New Britain (35-32) 7:00pm
Probable starter: Phil Irwin (0-4 4.58)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona was off

Phil Irwin will make his eighth start for Altoona tonight. He also made an early season rehab start while with Bradenton. Phil has pitched a total of 44.1 innings, allowing 49 hits, six homers, seven walks and he has 30 strikeouts, a 1.97 GO/AO ratio and a .293 BAA. In his last start on 6/13, he allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings. Irwin has a 5.63 ERA in three home starts for Altoona, with 16 strikeouts in 16 innings. In his four road starts, he has struck out just eight batters in 23.1 innings.

High-A: Bradenton (28-40) VS St Lucie (48-18) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Jameson Taillon (3-6 4.52)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 6 St Lucie 5

Jameson Taillon will make his 14th start of the season tonight. He has pitched a total of 67.2 innings, allowing 66 hits, four homers and 17 walks with 62 strikeouts, a 1.04 GO/AO ratio and a .250 BAA. After posting a 1.46 ERA in five April starts, Jameson saw his monthly ERA rise to 4.94 in five May starts and now it is 8.62 after three starts in June. He has made four home starts this season, going 2-0 1.43 in 22 innings. On the road, he is 1-6 6.11 in 45.2 innings.

Low-A: West Virginia (23-47) VS Lexington (39-30) 7:05pm 6/21
Probable starter: All-Star Break

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia was off

West Virginia is off today. They finished their first half in last place, 22.5 games behind division winner Greensboro. When the Power resume play on Thursday night, the team records will reset to 0-0 for the second half title run. Team leaders: Alen Hanson .316 average. Gregory Polanco/Hanson 10 homers. Willy Garcia 45 RBI’s. Pitchers: Matt Benedict 4 wins, 76.1 IP, 1.24 WHIP. Nick Kingham 56 SO.

Short Season A: State College (0-1) VS Williamsport (1-0) 7:05pm
Probable Starter: Joely Rodriguez (0-0 0.00)

Yesterday’s Result: State College 2 Wiliamsport 6

Joely Rodriguez will start today for State College. He pitched just two games last year, missing the rest of the season with an elbow injury. This is his third year pitching for State College, although he started 2010 in the Gulf Coast League and threw just four late season innings with the Spikes. Joely went 2-2 4.21 in 51.1 innings in 2010, walking nine batters and striking out 28.

Rookie: GCL Pirates (1-0) VS GCL Blue Jays (1-0) 12:00pm

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 13 Blue Jays 3

DSL: Pirates1 (8-6) VS Yankees2 (5-9) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 3 Mets 4

DSL: Pirates2 (7-7) VS Cubs2 (6-8) 10:30am

Yesterday’s Result: Pirates 8 Phillies 2

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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Lee Young

Those are some interesting Home/Road splits for JT. Hopefully he turns his road woes around today.

Ian Rothermund

Bingo, 7 innings, 1 hit.

Lee Young

What a great kid, making this old man feel good….lol

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