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.
NOTE: For those who regularly follow Larry’s report here at Phillies Nation, you may have noticed a format change in the headline. We normally use a date, and not the day of the week. That date usagae will resume on Wednesday. However, from now on that date will represent the date on which the games were played for which Larry is reporting information, and not the date of the story’s publication, which has been the case up until now.
Players of the Week (June 10–16)
Player — INF Austin Listi, Reading… Listi, 25, posted a .455/.478/.727 slash line, going 10-for-22 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored over six games. The right-handed hitter is batting .353 (18–51) with a double, four homers, 12 RBI and a 1.004 OPS in 16 games this month. The Texas native was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the June 2017 draft out of Dallas Baptist U.
Pitcher — LHP Damon Jones, Reading… The 24-year-old recorded a professional-best 12 strikeouts in his double-A debut on June 16 at Harrisburg. In that outing, he allowed just one run on one hit and one walk over 6.0 innings. It was his third double-digit strikeout performance of the year. Additionally, he is averaging 13.99 SO/9.0 IP (100 SO, 64.1 IP) in 12 starts this season. The lefty was selected by the Phillies in the 18th round of the June 2017 draft out of Washington State U.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (32–34) begin an eight-game road trip tonight in Toledo, Drew Anderson (0–5) . . . Pigs have lost four in a row to fall two games under .500 for first time this season . . . Trip includes three with the Mud Hens, three at the Columbus Clippers and two at the Syracuse Mets.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division
**Fightin Phils (38–28) and Trenton Thunder (37–27) come down to the last game of the first half tonight in a virtual tie for first place. Reading needs a win vs. Akron and a Trenton loss to claim the crown. The Thunder is home vs. Richmond . . . Bailey Falter (4–4) starts tonight for the Fightins, 7:10 game time.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division
**Threshers (1–0; 36–30, 1st half, 2nd place) began the second half with a 7–5 win over the Marauders in Bradenton . . . Game two of the three-game series, 6:30 tonight, Alejandro Requena (5–3).
Pitching: Four hurlers combined for 13 strikeouts; staff’s total (___) is most in league . . . Tommy Hunter began a rehab assignment by starting the game and pitching one inning; gave up a home run to the first batter and retired next three, last two via strikeouts; 16 pitches, 11 strikes . . . WP: Colton Eastman (4–2), 5.1–6–3–3–2–8 . . . SV: Keylan Killgore (7), 2–1–0–0–1–1; 7–7 in save opportunities this season; 17–17 in one-plus pro seasons. Wichita State product.
Hitting: All-Star CF Simon Muzziotti, 3–5, run, two RBI; 16th multiple-hit game of the season . . . C Rodolfo Duran 1–4, two runs, home run (#2) . . . 1B Madison Stokes, 1–5, HR (8), two RBI . . . All-Star 3B Alec Bohm, 1–3, walk, hit batter, RBI.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division
**BlueClaws (29–41) are on a three-day All-Star Game break . . . ASG will be played tonight in Charleston, WV. RHP Kyle Glogoski is on the North roster . . . Next game, 7:05 Thursday night vs. West Virginia Power, the start of the league’s second half . . . Claws ended first half winning five in a row on a 5–2 road trip to Hagerstown and Asheville.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinkney Division
**Crosscutters (2–2) split a doubleheader (7-inning games) with West Virginia Black Bears . . . Cutters host State College, 7:05 tonight.
Game #2: Won, 4–0, as four hurlers held the Bears to one single while striking out 11 . . . Starter Taylor Lehman, 4–1–0–0–2–7 . . . WP: Jake Kinney (1–0), 2–0–0–0–1–2 . . . Abdallah Ariz, 1–0–0–0–0–1 . . . 2B Seth Lancaster, 2–2, walk, run, double, RBI, stolen base . . . C Juan Aparicio, 2–3, run, RBI; stole home on back end of a double steal . . . CF Corbin Williams, 2–3, walk, double, run.
Gulf Coast League
Season opens Monday afternoon, June 24, at Carpenter Complex . . . Phillies again will field two teams, East and West.