Phillies Nation is honored to have Larry Shenk among the ranks of our regular contributors.
“The Baron” is the former Philadelphia Phillies head of community relations, a role in which he served the organization for more than four decades. Larry is also a 2018 inductee to the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.
In addition to the Phillies alumni and history work which Larry has been sharing with readers here at Phillies Nation, his “Minor League Report” pieces will now also run with us all during the season as well
All 4 clubs had day off on Easter; Pivetta makes AAA debut tonight.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (12–4) open a four-game series in Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium (photo), 6:05 tonight. Nick Pivetta makes his first AAA start since being optioned.
First 16 games: 10 vs. Rochester, six against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Leads league in batting average (.281), home runs (28), OBP (.367), slugging (.515) and OPS (.883).
Team ERA (3.87) ranks third in the IL; saves (9), first.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (6–7) aim to end a three-game losing streak at 6:30 tonight in Richmond against the Flying Squirrels, David Parkinson.
Average age (around 23.3), youngest club in the EL.
Team average (.211), last in the EL.
Team ERA (3.25) ranks fourth; strikeouts (145), third.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (6–11) took two of three from Florida Fire Frogs last week in Kissimmee. Two teams begin a three-game series at Spectrum Field, 7 tonight. Tonight’s starter is undecided . . . Threshers have won four of last six games.
Team average (.211) is tied for eighth in the FSL; home runs (13) are second.
Team ERA (3.96) is 10th; strikeouts (191), first; (150 total innings)
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (4–13) are in Rome, GA, following a 16-hour bus ride after Saturday night’s home game. (Wonder if they stopped at Cracker Barrel). Dominic Pipkin (0–1) will start the three-game series against the Braves, 7:05 tonight. Claws have dropped nine of last 10 games.
Average age (20.7), youngest team in the SAL. Included are eight teenagers four 20-year-olds.
Team average (.222) ranks 11th; home runs (3), tied for last.
Team ERA (5.21) is last; strikeouts (159), seventh; (148.2 innings, most in SAL)