The Week Ahead in minor league baseball includes a key series in the Southern League’s North and South divisions, a prime PCL tilt and Joc Pederson’s car.
Series to Watch at the Park
Jacksonville at Tennessee (Aug. 25-26): The Suns and Smokies finish up a four-game set that began on Saturday. The teams are both involved in close division races as the Suns trail Mississippi by a game in the Southern League South division with a week to go, while the Smokies lead the North by a game over Chattanooga.
Monday’s Game 3 features Justin Nicolino (12-4, 3.05), the Marlins’ No. 5 prospects as of the Midseason Prospect Update, facing C.J. Edwards (1-1, 2.31), the Cubs’ No. 7 prospect in a loaded system despite missing two months with shoulder fatigue.
Series to Watch on MiLB.TV
Iowa Cuba at Tacoma Rainiers (Aug. 25-27): We’re in the final week of the regular season in the Pacific Coast League. With Iowa four games out in its division, it’s highly likely that we won’t be watching the I-Cubs in the playoffs.
So this is likely the last week to watch one of the more talented minor league teams we’ve seen in recent years. Tonight, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and the I-Cubs will face Taijuan Walker and Tacoma in one of the more interesting matchups of the week.
— J.J. Cooper
Joc Pederson will be leaving soon Albuquerque long—as soon as Sunday—but his car won’t be going to Chavez Ravine.
The Albuquerque Isotopes are giving fans this Friday a chance to win the PCL all-star’s car—a 1994 Buick Century with 166,000 miles and at least one working window!
The car, nicknamed “Little Chucky,” has a Kelly Blue Book value of $1,000, the Isotopes say, although that depends on whether the gas tank is filled. It comes complete with two air freshners and whatever Pederson leaves behind—check the trunk!
A booth will be set up on the concourse in front of the Isotopes’ Pro Shop for fans to enter the contest for a chance to win the vaunted vehicle.
Winners have to be at least 18 with a valid drivers license and the winner is responsible for license and registration fees as well as taxes.
The car is given away “as is.” Enjoy!