The Week Ahead In The Minor Leagues: (April 21-27)

SERIES OF THE WEEK—Lancaster at Rancho Cucamonga

If the rotations hold, Julio Urias and Tom Windle will pitch for Rancho in this series, and the Lancaster could counter with Vince Velasquez, Josh Hader and Lance McCullers. The series also features a pair of tantalizing shortstops in RC’s Corey Seager and Lancaster’s Carlos Correa. That’s two Top 100 prospects at a premium position, which is pretty darn nice. Lancaster also has Teoscar Hernandez, who made the team photo on our most recent hot sheet.

Julio Urias

Julio Urias (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Just 17 years old, Urias hasn’t started out with his usual command. He’s issued eight walks—half of his total from last season—in just 16 innings in the Cal League. He’s fanned 13 in 10 innings, however, and came in with a reputation of having maturity far beyond his years. He throws a heater between 91-96 mph and couples it with a curveball that projects plus. He also brings a changeup that at present is inconsistent.

Windle was off to a fine start until his most recent outing, when he allowed six runs, all earned, in 2 2/3 innings against Lake Elsinore. Otherwise, he’s whiffed 14 against one walk.

Velasquez throws a 92-95 mph fastball that grades a plus and complements the pitch with a changeup more developed than most the ones thrown by most pitchers his age. His curveball is loopy now, but evaluators believe he has a good chance to iron it out in the future.

McCullers has allowed just nine hits in 14 innings this season, but has walked seven. He brings two potential 70-grade pitches—his 93-98 mph heater and his hard curveball—in addition to a changeup that is no more than a show-me pitch at present.

MILB.TV SERIES OF THE WEEK—Asheville at Greenville

If you’re looking for a Triple-A team on MiLB.tv, you know you’re going to get every game. You’ll also get to see most every Double-A team on a very regular basis. But when it gets to Class A, you have to be more strategic. This week is one of those rare weeks to see a very interesting Asheville team. The Rockies’ low Class A affiliate features third baseman Ryan McMahon and outfielders David Dahl and Raimel Tapia. Getting to see them against a Red Sox’s low Class A affiliate that includes outfielder Manuel Margot, lefthander Cody Kukuk and second baseman Wendell Rijo is all the better.

PRIME PROMOTIONS

What’s better than free? Nothing. That’s what. And if you’re in Florida, it’ll cost you nothing to get in to the Bradenton Marauders’ Monday game, thanks to a sponsorship from AC Warehouse. All you have to do is go to this link, print the voucher and, boom, you’ve got yourself some Marauders baseball. For two dollars more, you can upgrade your seat.

The same goes for the Tampa Yankees, who, in addition to offering free admission for any military member with a valid identification, are also allowing fans to stop by Bob’s Self Storage for a free ticket to the game. The offer is valid for any Monday home game.

In Columbus, Ohio, hot dogs aren’t quite free, but they’re close. The Clippers are offering dime-a-dog night, where, as you could probably guess, hot dogs will be available for the low, low price of 10 cents.

On Sunday, Pensacola will auction off player jerseys after the game, and there will be a performance from the ZOOperstars! in between innings. Kids and their families can also play catch on the field after the game, and children can run the bases.