Pitchers Andrew Painter and Ben Brown shared the honor of Pitcher of the Month in the Phillies organization for the month of July. The Hitter of the Month award went to Carlos De La Cruz, who was recently moved from High-A Jersey Shore to Double-A Reading, meaning that at one time during the month, all three were on the Jersey Shore roster.
Brown got the honor after he had already been dealt to the Chicago Cubs for reliever David Robertson at the trade deadline. The 22-year-old had four outings with Jersey Shore, covering 23 innings and he finished the month with a 1.57 ERA. Brown allowed just 12 hits and two walks resulting in a 0.61 WHIP, while striking out 35 batters. On the season, Brown was 3-5 with a 3.08 ERA.
Meanwhile, Painter made five starts with the BlueClaws and had a 0.46 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP. In 19 2/3 innings, Painter struck out 25 batters and walked just two, holding opponents to a .194 average. The 19-year-old is 3-1, 1.32 in 16 starts between his time with Clearwater earlier in the season and with Jersey Shore, holding opponents to a 0.88 WHIP and a .158 average this season between the two stops.
De La Cruz hit 7-15-.289/.368/.590 in 23 games at Jersey Shore during July and hit 10-24-.266/.344/.463 in 64 games with the BlueClaws before being promoted to Reading on August 1. The award was locked up during a string of six games from July 17-27 when De La Cruz hit five of his seven home runs for the month. The 22-year-old is 6′ 8″ tall and was signed by the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent in August, 2017.