Daniel McCutchen was placed on the seven day disabled list today with arm fatigue... Pedro Alvarez has collected 21 RBI this month, which leads all International League hitters...Alvarez enters today's game ranked third in the league in home runs (9), second in RBI (36) and tied for fourth in total bases (72)...Alvarez' 36 RBI also ranks tied for third in all of minor league baseball...Neil Walker is hitting .356 (21-for-59) with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and nine RBI in his first 15 games this month...Walker's 13 extra base hits this month leads all International League hitters...Walker is also tied for second in all of minor league baseball in doubles (16), tied for third in extra base hits (24) and ranks third among switch hitters with a .336 average...Pittsburgh's 2004 first round selection also ranks first in the International League in hits (48) and doubles (16), second in extra base hits (24) and total bases (86), fifth in slugging percentage (.601) and sixth in batting (.336)...Jose Tabata leads the International League in stolen bases (17), including eight in his first 13 games of May...Tabata has also hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games, going 23-for-68 (.338 average) with four doubles, one triple, four RBI and 20 runs scored...Brad Lincoln is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA (14.0ip/3er) in two starts this month and has won three straight and four of his first five decisions...Lincoln has also been charged with two or fewer earned runs in four of his seven starts this year.
Bryan Morris enters today with the best ERA (0.60) in all of minor league baseball after being promoted from Single-A Bradenton on Sunday...Jared Hughes leads all of minor league baseball with seven wins...The Curve have three players ranked in the top four in ERA for the month of May; Jared Hughes is second with a 1.47 ERA (18.1ip/3er), Derek Hankins ranks third with a 1.64 ERA (22.0ip/4er) and JustinWilson is fourth with a 1.69 ERA (16.0ip/3er)...Rudy Owens is tied for second in the league in strikeouts (40) and among starters in strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched (9.08)...Alex Presley ranks first in the Eastern League in batting average (.371) and hits (46) and is hitting at a leaguebest .471 clip this month...Josh Harrison is sixth among Eastern League hitters with a .322 average.
Hunter Strickland has been promoted from Low-A West Virginia to High-A Bradenton...Brock Holt ranks sixth in the Florida State League in batting (.345) and is hitting at a .382 clip (13-for-34) during his current nine game hitting streak...Quincy Latimore is tied for second in the league in RBI (28)...Jeremy Farrell is tied for fourth in the league in RBI (25), ranks second in doubles (13) and is third in extra base hits (17)...Noah Krol is tied for second in the league in saves (9) and is tied for first in appearances (18)...Tony Sanchez has reached base safely in 14 of his last 15 contests and is tied for third in the league in doubles (12).
WEST VIRGINIA POWER
Victor Black has been activated at West Virginia (from State College's roster)...Jason Erickson is 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA (12.1ip/1er) this month (his three wins for the month ranks first in the league and he is third in ERA)...Melkin Laureano has been scored upon once in five relief appearances (9.1ip/1er)...Evan Chambers is hitting .316 (25-for-79) this month and leads the league in walks (28).