The Week Ahead In The Minor Leagues (July 28-Aug. 3)

The week ahead in minor league baseball includes a Danish and a Bundy, Mark Appel’s Double-A debut and mutated turtles.

Series to Watch At The Park 

Dylan Bundy

Dylan Bundy (Photo by Mike Janes)

Frederick vs. Winston-Salem (July 29-31). We’ve highlighted this series because of the presence of three former first-rounders. Tuesday’s matchup will feature Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy, on the rehab trail from Tommy John surgery last season, against sidewinding righty Tyler Danish, Chicago’s second-rounder from last year.

And even though Danish has been excellent this season as a 19-year-old in high Class A, the real thrill will be lurking in the home bullpen. That would be one Carlos Rodon, who is scheduled to join the team before the series and pitch some time during the set. He’s made two turns in the Arizona League, but those are just warmups. The real test will come against high Class A hitters, who present a challenge far more befitting of a college player chosen No.3 in the draft.

And that third first-rounder? That would be Courtney Hawkins, who’s had an OK season in his second trip through the Carolina League. He’s got 16 longballs this year but has definitely struggled to do anything with quality breaking stuff.

Still, Bundy and the potential for Rodon make this a solid choice as our series of the week.

MiLB.tv Series Of The Week

San Antonio at Corpus Christi (July 28-30): There are plenty of interesting prospects in this series—San Antonio catcher Austin Hedges and Corpus Christi outfielder Delino DeShields are two examples. But this series is all about getting to watch Mark Appel make his Double-A debut on Wednesday night. Not one of Appel’s starts in Lancaster this year was on MiLB.tv, so if you want to see what’s going wrong (or what’s fixed), this is your first chance if you don’t live in California.

Prime Promotions

There have been some crazy jerseys this year, haven’t there, folks? A Millennium Falcon’s worth of Star Wars jerseys, a stocking full of Christmas in July jerseys, Ghostbusters uniforms and Reading’s Crazy Hot Dog Vendor jersey are just the beginning of the madness.

The Fresno Grizzlies are looking to raise that bar this weekend, when they’ll unveil their new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles duds. They look like this:

Grizzlies

The jerseys, of course, are timed to coincide with the release of yet another movie based on Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michelangelo, Splinter and Shredder.

The picture above is only one option, however. Fans will have a chance to vote for jerseys and caps featuring blue, orange, red, or purple (corresponding with the belt of each of the four turtles, of course), and the winner will be worn in the game.

As is the case with most of these themed outfits, they will be sold after the game in a charity auction. Based on the picture, I’d bet it benefits the local chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Talk about heroes in a half-shell.