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 8–14)
Player — SS Bryson Stott, Williamsport… The 21-year-old posted a .545/.667/1.273 slash line, going 6-for-11 with one triple, two home runs, six RBI, three runs and three walks in his first four professional games (three with Gulf Coast League Phillies East and one with Williamsport). He homered in his first pro at-bat on July 9 vs GCL Yankees West. Stott also homered in his first at-bat with Williamsport on July 14 at Aberdeen. A native of Las Vegas, Nev., he was selected by the Phillies in the first round (№14 overall) of the June 2019 draft.
Pitcher — RHP Spencer Howard, Clearwater… Howard, 22, made two scoreless starts, allowing just one hit and one walk with 14 strikeouts over a combined 9.0 innings. In his most recent start on July 14 vs Florida, he did not allow a hit in 5.0 innings (15 batters faced), while surrendering just one walk with seven strikeouts. He owns a 1.55 ERA (5 ER, 29.0 IP), 0.76 WHIP and is averaging 13.66 SO/9.0 IP in his six starts with Clearwater this season. The California native was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the June 2017 draft.
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division
**IronPigs (47–46) won 5th game in last 6, 4–2, over the Stripers in Gwinnett . . . Series continues at 7:05 tonight.
Pitching: Starter Enyel De Los Santos was the winner (4–4), 6–3–2–2–3–6, HR, wild pitch, hit batter; 96 pitches, 63 strikes . . . Tom Windle, 1–0–0–0–1–0, hit batter . . . Tyler Gilbert, 1–0–0–0–2–1, wild pitch . . . SV: Fernando Salas (1), 1–1–0–0–1–1.
Reading, Eastern League Eastern Division [39–28, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Fightin Phils (16–9) wound up in a suspended game in Binghamton, leading 4–0 with the Ramble Ponies about to hit in B4 . . . Game will be completed at 12:05 this afternoon with a 7-inning game to follow.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division [36–30, 2nd place, 1st half]
**Threshers (14–14) losing streak reached 5 games following an 8–0 defeat to the Marauders in Bradenton. Shutout was 3rd straight . . . Series continues at 10:30 this morning.
Pitching: Starter Julian Garcia was the loser (6–6), 6–4–3–2–1–3, 2 HR, 2 wild pitches
Hitting: Held to 4 singles and a LF Matt Vierling double . . . Scoreless streak reached 25 innings. Shutout is 6th of the month.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division [29–41, 1st half]
**BlueClaws (8–16) scored 3 in T9 for a 7–4 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds. Victory ended a 5-game losing streak . . . Rubber game at 7:05 tonight.
Hitting: 3 runs in T9 came on an RBI single by CF Ben Pelletier, sacrifice fly by C Rafael Marchan and a wild pitch . . . RF Carlos De La Cruz, solo HR in T4 (#4), 3rd in last 5 games; had 1 long ball in first 89 games.
Williamsport, New York-Penn League Pinckney Division
**Crosscutters (8–22) had a day off . . . Home to Mahoning Valley at 7:05 tonight.
Gulf Coast League (Phillies have 2 teams, both in the North Division)
**Phillies West (13–3) defeated Yankees West, 9–4, at Carpenter Complex on the strength of a 4-run T1 . . . Home today vs. Tigers East, 12 noon . . . 2B Edgar Made, 3–5, run, triple, 3 RBI. LF Juan Smith, 3–3, walk, 2 runs, stolen base. SS Christian Valero, 3–4, run, double, RBI . . . Six pitchers were in the game. Starter Brandon Ramey, 4–0–0–0–0–5. WP: Waylon Richardson (1–0), 1–0–0–0–0–0.
Phillies East (8–6) were not scheduled . . . Yankees West in Tampa, 12 noon.
(Transactions, courtesy phuturephillies.com and Steve Potter)