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Minor League Schedule: 4/20/12

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Top prospect in the Pirates system, Gerrit Cole, gets the third start of his professional career tonight at home against Ft. Myers. The Pirates made a handful of minor league moves yesterday, including the promotion of Tim Alderson to AAA and the return of Stetson Allie to the West Virginia roster. A.J. Burnett will make a rehab start Saturday night in Altoona. A full recap of yesterday’s games can be found here.

Cole will get his third professional start tonight

Triple-A: Indianapolis (6-8) VS Columbus (9-6) 7:15pm
Probable starter: Jo-Jo Reyes (1-0 6.00)

Yesterday’s Result: Indianapolis 0 Columbus 4 (game story here)

Jo-Jo Reyes will be making his second start of the season tonight. His first start came on Sunday against Toledo, when he went 5.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, no walks and he recorded five strikeouts. He made his season debut in relief on 4/9, giving up two runs on a hit, walk and he retired one batter. Reyes went 7-11 5.57 in 140.2 innings last year in the majors, splitting the season between the Blue Jays and Orioles.

Double-A: Altoona (6-7) VS Richmond (7-8) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Aaron Pribanic (0-2 3.24)

Yesterday’s Result: Altoona 4 Richmond 3

Aaron Pribanic will be making his third start of the season tonight. He has had uncharacteristic control problems this season so far, walking nine batters in 8.1 innings. In his last start on 4/15, which was against today’s opponent Richmond, Aaron went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits with three walks, while striking out two batters. Pribanic spent the entire 2011 season at Altoona, where he went 10-9 3.88 in 153 innings. He struck out 71 and gave up just 28 walks.

High-A: Bradenton (6-7) VS Ft Myers(6-7) 6:30pm
Probable starter: Gerrit Cole (0-0 5.14)

Yesterday’s Result: Bradenton 2 Ft Myers 1 in 10 innings

Gerrit Cole will be making the third start of his professional career tonight. In his last start on 4/14 against Ft Myers(today’s opponent as well), Cole allowed four runs(three earned) on four hits, two were homers, and two walks. Gerrit gave up one run in four innings during his first pro start on 4/9, recording seven strikeouts in the game. Right-handed batters are hitting .333 off of him so far at this early stage in the season.

Low-A: West Virginia (5-9) @ Charleston (10-3) 7:05pm
Probable starter: Zack Dodson (0-1 7.00)

Yesterday’s Result: West Virginia 8 Charleston 9

Zack Dodson will be making his third start of the season tonight. In his first start on 4/9 he picked up the loss, going 4.2 innings, allowing seven runs(five earned) on six hits and three walks. On 4/14 he allowed two runs in 4.1 innings, giving up five hits and two walks. He has recorded seven strikeouts in his nine innings of work. Dodson made 13 starts for WV last year, going 6-4 2.57 in 66.2 innings.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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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