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.
LHP Cole Irvin . . . Age: 25 . . . 6–4, 219 . . . B-T: L-L . . . Born: Yorba Linda, CA (1/31/94) . . . 2012 graduate of Servite HS (CA) . . . 2016 grad of U. of Oregon . . . Drafted by Blue Jays (29th round, 2012), Pirates (32nd round, 2015), Phillies (5th round, 2016) . . . Tommy John surgery prior to sophomore year at Oregon (2014) . . . Worked on the Angel Stadium ground crew for two summers . . . @Swirvin_irvin19.
2019: 2–0, 2.25 for 6 starts at Lehigh Valley . . . Wins: April 17 at SWB; April 24 at Pawtucket . . . Last start: May 4 at Buffalo, no decision . . . Was scheduled to start last night against Indianapolis when he was told he’s going to the bigs and start this afternoon in Kansas City.
2018: International League Most Valuable Pitcher after 14–4 season, 2.57 ERA . . . Led IL in wins, ERA . . . Led Phillies organization in wins, innings (161.1).
CAREER: Debut in Williamsport (2016); followed by Clearwater and Reading (2017), LV (2018–19) . . . 30–14, 2.78 ERA for 67 games (62 starts); only 89 walks in 394.1 innings . . . Hitting: .156, 5–32 . . . Defense: 1 error in pro ball . . . Uses four pitchers: fast ball (87–92) that he will cut, curve with big break (74–77), slider (82–87), one-seam change-up (78–82).
QUOTABLE: “I’ll have a lot of pride when I take the mound with Phillies across my chest,” he told philly.com’s Scott Lauber.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: Yes, Cole’s mother will be in the stands today.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (19–15) suffered their sixth straight defeat, a 6–1 decision to the Indianapolis Indians before a sellout crowd of 10,100. Slipped to third place behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse . . . LP: Drew Anderson (0–3), 4.1–4–3–3–3–4, wild pitch; left game after being hit in the knee by a batted ball . . . CF Andrew Romine, 2 of LV’s 6 hits . . . 1:35 this afternoon vs. Indianapolis.
OF Dylan Cozens, placed on Injured List (toe).
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (17–14) were blasted by the Akron RubberDucks, 15–2. Included among 13 hits for the winners were 6 homers . . . LP: Roman Rosso (2–1), 3.1–5–6–4–3–3, 3 HR (first off him this season); had allowed 3 runs over first 5 starts. C Henri Lartigue pitched a scoreless T9 . . . 2B Luke Williams, 3–4. C Austin Bossart, 1–4, run, HR (#1), 2 RBI . . . Adonis Medina (0–1), 2:15 this afternoon vs. Akron.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (16–19) racked up season-high 19 hits in completing a 3-game sweep of the first-place Dunedin Blue Jays, 9–4, at Jack Russell Stadium. Included among the hits, 4 home runs . . . Fourth straight win moves Threshers to within 3.5 games of first place . . . ND: Ethan Evanko, 3.1–4–3–3–2–4, HR. WP: Luis Ramirez (2–0) . . . C Edgar Cabral, 3–5, 2 runs, double, 2 HR (3–4), 2 RBI. LF Simon Muzziotti, 4–6, 2 runs, HR (#1), RBI. 1B Alec Bohm, 3–6, run, HR (#1, #4 overall), 2 RBI. CF Matt Vierling, 3–5 . . . Day off today.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (11–24) lost, 7–2, to the Greensboro Grasshoppers . . . LP: Kevin Gowdy (0–1), .1–2–3–3–3–0, wild pitch; first start since April 24 . . . Lakewood held to 4 hits, including a 2-run HR by Cole Stobbe (#2); didn’t get first hit until the 7th inning . . . Ethan Lindow (1–1), 1:05 this afternoon vs. Greensboro.
**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.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com)