The Week Ahead in the Minor Leagues includes a huge opportunity for Joey Gallo, Carlos Rodon’s Triple-A debut and one more minor league all-star game.
Series to Watch at the Park
Frisco vs. San Antonio (Aug. 19-22): This is here for one reason ... The Joey Gallo Show. Yes, he’s had a slow stretch, but this is his chance. Kris Bryant has a foot contusion and may, justifiably, miss a bit of time while healing. Gallo is tied with his buddy for the minor league lead (40), and with a hot series could take the lead for good considering the season is just two weeks and change from its conclusion.
If you need other reasons (selfish) to go watch this series, you can take a look at sweet-swinging outfielder Nomar Mazara, Padres power broker Hunter Renfroe or lightning-armed catchers Austin Hedges and Jorge Alfaro. Really, though, Gallo is all you need.
Series to Watch on MiLB.TV:
Gwinnett vs./at Charlotte (Aug. 18-21). The Braves and Knights play a four-game, home and home series, beginning Monday at Charlotte’s beautiful BB&T Ballpark. Former Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang starts tonight against Gwinnett’s Aaron Northcraft, but the one to watch is Tuesday, when former N.C. State ace Carlos Rodon makes his Triple-A debut. Rodon has made six appearances for the White Sox in the Rookie-level AZL and then at high Class A Winston-Salem. He has struck out 20 in 12 2/3 innings thus far. The series shifts to Georgia on Wednesday and Thursday.
Can you believe there’s still one more minor league all-star game? No? Well, there is. The New York-Penn League will hold its midsummer (late summer, really) classic on Tuesday at Brooklyn’s MCU Park, which is probably the only park in the world with a roller coaster beyond the left field wall and a beach over the right field wall. Among the bigger names at the game will be Brooklyn teammates Michael Conforto (the No. 8 overall pick this year, out of Oregon State) and Amed Rosario, a dynamic shortstop who’s drawn raves from evaluators this summer.
Eighteen-year-old Yankees backstop Luis Torrens will be there, too, as will Tampa Bay first-rounder and former Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie. Joey Pankake, taken by the Tigers in this year’s draft out of South Carolina, made the North squad as well, so go check out the man with the most delicious name in baseball. Full rosters can be seen here.