The Week Ahead In The Minor Leagues (July 14-18)

The week ahead in minor league baseball includes a five-game series in Chattanooga, Futures Game home run hero Joey Gallo returning to action and a public mourning for Miami Heat fans.

Series To Watch At The Park

Archie Bradley

Archie Bradley (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Mobile at Chattanooga (July 16-20): This Wednesday-Sunday series features Diamondbacks prospects Archie Bradley and A.J. Schugel with Jimmie Sherfy likely to make his presence known before the end of the five-game set. Schugel will start the opener, while Bradley makes the Friday start. The BayBears also feature hot-hitting third baseman Jake Lamb, recently acquired Zach Borenstein and the unretired Todd Glaesmann. Chattanooga has not revealed its starters but you can bet Chris Reed, the Dodgers’ No. 8 prospect to begin the season, will be on the hill for one of the games. The Lookouts also boast outfielders Scott Schebler and Noel Cuevas. Series of the Week

Frisco at San Antonio, Double-A Texas League (July 14-16). Assuming he made his flight from Minneapolis, Joey Gallo, fresh off his jaw-dropping batting practice at the Futures Game, returns on a mission to take on, well, the Missions. San Antonio has its share of high-profile prospects as well, with top Padres prospect Austin Hedges and outfielders Rymer Liriano and Gallo’s fellow Futures Game participant Hunter Renfroe.

Prime Promotions

Are you, avid baseball fan, tired of the LeBron James folderol? Then perhaps the Fort Myers Miracle’s promotion, set for tonight, is not for you.

The Miracle, the high Class A affiliate of the Twins, will allow in free anyone wearing LeBron James and/or Miami Heat gear for Monday’s game against Dunedin.

The Miracle, aware just how deeply James’ decision (Decision II?) to return to Cleveland cuts, are also providing "crying stations" complete with tissues, and hydration stations for fans who are all cried out.

The Heat jerseys or LeBron wear will be donated to Goodwill. Meanwhile, anyone wearing Cleveland Cavaliers attire will be charged double for entrance. Take that, LeBron!