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.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (19–15) were rained out at home against the Indianapolis Indians; rescheduled for August in Indianapolis . . . Travel day today to Durham. 3-game series with the Bulls begins Tuesday night. Lehigh Valley has lost 6 in a row, including 3 to the Bulls in Coca-Cola Park.
Standings: IronPigs are third, percentage points behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and 1 game behind Syracuse.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (17–14) were also rained out at home (Akron RubberDucks); rescheduled for June 19. Postponement gave them a chance for an earlier bus ride to Manchester, NH. 4-game series vs. the Fisher Cats starts with a 5:35 doubleheader (7-inning games) tonight, Adonis Medina (0–1) and David Parkinson (2–2).
Standings: Fightins trail second-place Binghamton by 2 games and first-place Trenton by 4.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (16–19) had a league-wide day off . . . 4-game series with Lakeland Flying Tigers begins at 7 tonight at Spectrum Field. Threshers are on a 4-game winning streak.
Standings: Threshers are fourth, 1 game out of third (Tampa), 2 games out of second (Daytona) and 3.5 out of first (Dunedin).
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (11–24) were the third rainout, home vs. the Greensboro Grasshoppers; rescheduled for June. Same teams close out the series, 6:35 tonight, Ethan Lindow (1–1). Lakewood has dropped last 3 games.
Standings: BlueClaws are in seventh place.
**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.