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 shares with readers here at Phillies Nation, his “Minor League Report” pieces now also run with us all during the season as well.
Players of the Month (April)…hitter, pitcher, defense
3B Alec Bohm, a 22-year-old from Omaha, Neb., batted .373 (31–83) with nine doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI, 13 walks, three steals and a 1.039 OPS in 22 games with single-A Lakewood and one with single-A Clearwater. Bohm was selected by the Phillies in the first round of the June 2018 draft (№3 overall) out of Wichita State University.
RHP Ramon Rosso, 22, went 2–0 with a 0.89 ERA (2 ER, 20.1 IP) and 26 strikeouts to six walks in his four starts in April. He did not allow a run in his first 13.1 innings pitched this season. Rosso was signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent in February 2017.
INF Jose Gomez started in 14 games for Clearwater in April before being promoted to double-A Reading to begin May. He started multiple games at second base (9), third base (3) and shortstop (2) and was a perfect 50-for-50 in total chances, turning eight double plays. A 22-year-old originally from Venezuela, Gomez was one of three players acquired from the Rockies in exchange for Pat Neshek in July 2017.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (19–10) were idle on Monday . . . Tyler Viza (0–1), 7:05 tonight vs. Durham Bulls . . . First-place LV leads Syracuse Mets by 2.5 games.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (15–11) begin 3-game series vs. Hartford Yard Goats, 6:45 tonight, David Parkinson (2–2) . . . Were not scheduled on Monday . . . Third-place Fightin Phils trail first-place Trenton by 1.5 games.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (12–18) were blanked on five hits by the Bradenton Marauders, 1–0. Singles by Simone Muzziotti and Alec Bohm put Threshers on first and third with no out in the bottom of the ninth but couldn’t score, infield pop, strikeout, ground out . . . LP: Damon Jones (0–2), 6–3–1–1–0–7, picked 2 runners off first base; 0.92 ERA ranks third in the FSL; 43 strikeouts lead the league. Ethan Evanko followed with his Clearwater debut, 3–2–0–0–1–3 . . . SS Nick Maton had 2 of Clearwater’s hits, including a double, the lone extra base hit . . . Colton Eastman (0–1), 7 tonight vs. Bradenton.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (10–21) split a pair of 7-inning games with the Rome Braves . . . Day off today. Begin series in Hagerstown on Wednesday.
Game #1: 3–1 loss with each team getting 3 singles and 1 double . . . LP: Manuel Silva (0–1), 3.1–3–2–2–2–4, hit batter.
Game #2: 8–0 win, holding Rome to 3 singles . . . ND: Ethan Lindow, 4–1–0–0–2–4, 47 pitches. WP: Kyle Glogoski (1–1), 2.1–1–0–0–2–4, 58 pitches . . . RF Ben Pelletier, 1–3, run, HR (3), 3 RBI. RF Carlos De La Cruz, 2–2, walk, 2 runs, double, HR (#1), RBI. DH Malvin Matos, 1–2, walk, 2 runs, HR (#2), RBI. C Jack Conley, 2–4, run, double. 3B Hunter Stovall, 1–4, 2 RBI.
**Dominican Summer League season opens June 2. Phillies will field two teams, Red and White.
**New York-Penn League (Williamsport Crosscutters) season opens June 14.
**Gulf Coast League season opens June 24 at Carpenter Complex. Phillies again will field two teams, East and West.