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 Week (May 6–12)
Player — INF Nick Maton, Clearwater… The 22-year-old posted a .550/.609/.650 slash line, going 11-for-20 with two doubles, three RBI, three runs and three walks in five games. He collected multiple hits in each of his five games, raising his season batting average from .232 to .294. He also owns a .455 on-base percentage in eight games this month. Maton, an Illinois native, was selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the June 2017 draft.
Pitcher — RHP Julian Garcia, Clearwater… Garcia, 24, earned a win after tossing 6.0 scoreless innings on May 10 at Dunedin. In that outing, he struck out seven batters while allowing no walks. He lowered his season ERA to 2.97 over six starts. Additionally, he is averaging 10.68 SO/9.0 IP (36 SO, 30.1 IP) this year. A Colorado native, the right-hander was selected by the Phillies in the 10th round of the June 2016 draft.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (19–15) open a 3-game series against the Bulls in Durham, looking to end a 6-game spin; Tyler Viza (1–1) in the 7:05 game.
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (17–14) were rained out of a doubleheader in New Hampshire. So, another DH (7-inning games), 5:05 tonight, Adonis Medina (0–1) and David Parkinson (2–2).
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (16–19) unleashed a 15-hit attack in winning their fifth straight, this one 7–4 over the visiting Lakeland Flying Tigers. Six different players had multi-hits and 6 different drove in runs . . . SS Nick Maton, 3–5, run, double, RBI; sixth straight multi-hit game; hitting .517 since May 4. 3B Alec Bohm, 2–5, run, 2 RBI, HR (2, 5 overall) into LF bullpens. Others with 2 hits: CF Simon Muzziotti, 1B Madison Stokes, C Edgar Cabral, 2B Dan Brito . . . WP: Damon Jones (1–2), 6–4–1–0–1–9, wild pitch, pick off at 1st base; leads FSL with 0.76 ERA and 52 strikeouts (35.1 innings). SV: Grant Dyer (#1). As a staff, Clearwater pitchers led the FSL with 347 strikeouts . . . Colton Eastman (0–1), 7 tonight vs. Lakeland.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (11–24) were rained out against the Greensboro Grasshoppers; rescheduled for June . . . Scott Kingery scheduled to start a rehab assignment in tonight’s 6:35 game vs. the Hagerstown Suns, Ethan Lindow (1–1).
**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.