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 (July 1–7)
Player — INF Curtis Mead, GCL Phillies-East… The 18-year-old batted .611 (11–18) with two doubles, a triple, three RBI, three walks, two stolen bases, seven runs scored, a .682 on-base percentage and a 1.515 OPS in five games. Mead had four multi-hit games, including two three-hit efforts, and his .611 batting average was the second-best among all qualified minor league players last week. Mead, a native of Adelaide, Australia, was signed as an amateur free agent in May 2018.
Pitcher — RHP Francisco Morales, Lakewood… Morales, 19, made two appearances (one start) for Lakewood, combining to toss 9.0 scoreless innings with three hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. He earned a 4.0-inning save on July 1, surrendering one hit while striking out five, and followed that with 5.0 shutout frames in his start on July 6. Morales, a native of Venezuela, was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in July 2016.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (42–44) resume their season tonight in Rochester . . . Next home game won’t be until July 23, Toledo.
AAA All-Star Game: PCL 13, IL 7 in El Paso, Austin Davis, 1–1–1–1–2–1.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (14–7) take a 3-game winning streak into tonight’s 7:10 FirstEnergy Stadium game vs. the Trenton Thunder, first-half champions . . . Fightins leaders in second half, 4 games over Hartford and Portland . . . As part of R-Phils Cancer Awareness Night, John Kruk, Mickey Morandini and Tommy Greene will sign autographs in support of the Darren Daulton Foundation. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (13–9) and Cardinals were suspended in T4 with Clearwater leading, 3–1, at Spectrum Field. Game will resume at 5 p.m. tonight with a 7-inning game to follow.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (7–12) lost to the Hickory Crawdads, 6–2, at FirstEnergy Park . . . Series finale, 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: LP: starter Kevin Gowdy (0–4), 3–6–5–5–2–0, HR.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (6–19) had defensive woes (5 errors) which led to 8 unearned runs in an 11–2 loss to the Vermont Lake Monsters at BB&T Ballpark . . . Same 2 teams, 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Starter Jose Conopoima (0–2), .2–3–5–0–1–1.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**West (11–2) extended winning streak to 9 games, 8–4, over Yankees East in Tampa . . . RF Keaton Greenwalt (19th round, Lubbock Christian U.), 2–4, 2 runs, RBI, 1st pro HR. DH Jamari Baylor (3rd, Richmond, VA, HS), 2–4, walk, 3 runs, double. 1B Rixon Wingrove (Australia), 1–4, walk, double, 2 RBI . . . No decision for starter Gunner Mayer (5th, San Joaquin Delta Col.), 3–2–0–0–0–4. WP: Daniel Vilchez (1–0) (Venezuela), 4–2–2–2–0–3, HR . . . Tigers West at Carpenter Complex, 12 noon today.
**East (5–5) were rained out at Carpenter Complex . . . Blue Jays, 12 noon today in Dunedin.