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 13–19)
Player — 2B Daniel Brito, Clearwater… The 21-year-old posted a .455/.478/.727 slash line, going 10-for-22 with three doubles, one home run, six RBI and five runs in six games. He hit safely in each of his six games during the week, including four contests with multiple hits. Brito is batting .348 (16–46) in 14 games this month. A native of Venezuela, he was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in July 2014.
Pitcher — LHP Ethan Lindow, Lakewood… Lindow, 20, struck out 12 batters without issuing a walk over two starts (9.0 IP). He also allowed just two earned runs total. Lindow owns a 2.41 ERA (10 ER, 37.1 IP) and is averaging 1.93 BB/9.0 IP in nine games (6 GS) for Lakewood this season. A Georgia native, he was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the June 2017 draft.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (21–19) were not scheduled . . . Nick Pivetta (3–1), 7:05 tonight vs. first-place Syracuse Mets . . . Phillie Phanatic will be there.
Pivetta is the International League pitcher of the week (May 13–19), one start, pitching seven innings and allowed just one run while striking out 11 batters Thursday, May 16 in Durham against the Bulls. The 26-year-old boasts a 3–1 record and a 3.09 ERA in his return with Lehigh Valley. He currently ranks 1st in the IL in batting average against (.164) and WHIP (1.06), plus 5th in strikeouts (45).
Reading, Eastern League East Division
**Fightin Phils (22–16) were not scheduled . . . JoJo Romero, 6:35 tonight in Richmond. JoJo making first AA start after struggling in AAA.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (21–23) began an 11-game road trip with a doubleheader (7-inning games) split in Daytona’s Jackie Robinson Ballpark, 3–4, 4–3 . . . Series continues, 7:05 tonight.
Game #2: 4–3 win . . . Trailed 3–0 after 4 innings. Rallied to win with 1 run in the fifth, 2 in the sixth and 1 in the seventh. LF Matt Vierling tripled in the seventh and scored the winning run on a wild pitch; also had a single and walk in 3 at-bats. 2B Dalton Guthrie singled in the 2 sixth-inning runs. RF Simon Muzziotti, 2–4. DH Ortiz, 2–4; 4 HR, 10 RBI in last 10 games. 1B Bohm, 1–4; hitting .341 with 13 RBI in last 10 games . . . ND: Luis Ramirez, making his first pro start after 85 relief appearances, 3.2–6–3–3–2–4, HR, hit batter, wild pitch. WP: Tyler Carr (1–0), making first Clearwater appearance after starting the season at Lakewood, 2.1–3–0–0–0–0, wild pitch. SV: Jonathan Hennigan (7), 1–0–0–0–0–2.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (14–29) lost their third straight 1-run decision, this time 2–1 in a noon game in Greensboro. Lakewood was swept in the 5-game series . . . CF Carlos De La Cruz, 2–4, getting half of Lakewood’s 4 singles. The Grasshoppers were held to 3 hits, one of which was a solo home run . . . LP: Tyler McKay (1–3), 5–3–2–2–1–2, HR. Kyle Glogoski followed, 3–0–0–0–0–4 . . . Club bussed to Salisbury, MD, after the game. 4-game series with Delmarva Shorebirds starts at 7:05 tonight, Jhordany Mezquita (2–3).
**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.