The Week Ahead In Minor League Baseball (April 28-May 4)

SERIES OF THE WEEK

Marco Gonzales (Photo by Mike Jones).

Marco Gonzales (Photo by Mike Jones).

Palm Beach vs. Jupiter (April 28-30): The Battle for Roger Dean Stadium starts tonight, and features a few top names. Cardinals 2013 first-rounder Marco Gonzales gets the ball on Monday opposite rehabbing Marlins righthander (and 2009 first-rounder) Jacob Turner. Gonzales has been stellar in the season’s first month, working to a 2.04 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.

A 2013 second-rounder, Jupiter righthander Trevor Williams, will get the ball in the final game of the series. Williams has had an up-and-down season so far, lowlighted by failing to retiring a batter in his opening start. He’s lasted five or more innings in his previous four starts, however, and hasn’t allowed any more than four runs in any of them.

The most notable position player in the series has to be third baseman Colin Moran, the Marlins’ first-rounder who missed a portion of the early season recovering from a knee injury. He’s got a pair of doubles in five games with the Hammerheads and hit .299/.354/.442 with low Class A Greensboro last year.

MILB.TV SERIES OF THE WEEK

Columbus at Durham (May 1-May 4): Trevor Bauer is one of the most fascinating success stories of the first month. He’ll try to add to his 3-0, 1.40 start against a Durham lineup that has gotten more interesting now that shortstop Hak-Ju Lee is back from last year’s knee injury. Also, Bulls lefthander Mike Montgomery will make his first start following his combined no-hitter on Saturday.

PRIME PROMOTIONS

There can be only one winner this week, and it belongs to Durham. The Bulls will host Star Wars night on May 4 (May the fourth be with you. Get it?) and will wear jerseys designed to replicate R2-D2. Durham is just one of four teams that will play host to Star Wars-themed nights this season and wear special uniforms for the occasion. The other three are the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, Kane County Cougars and Sacramento River Cats. Check out all the jerseys below.

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Edit: Looks like we missed at least one Star Wars night. The Eugene Emeralds just announced their game to honor the George Lucas masterpiece. Here are their jerseys for that night.

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