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IL picks Walding as the league’s Player of the Month

Mitch Walding
Mitch Walding spent part of July with the Phillies but was at Triple-A Lehigh Valley long enough to win the IL Player of the Month award. (Photo by Cheryl Pursell)

The International League announced today that Lehigh Valley third baseman Mitch Walding has been named the League’s Player of the Month for July. Along with winners from other leagues, Walding will be presented with an award from Minor League Baseball in recognition of his performance last month.

Walding spent part of the month on the Phillies major league roster but he spent enough time with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to put up some impressive stats. During his time at Triple-A in July Mitch Walding hit .326 and led the International League with 10 home runs, 21 runs scored, and 63 total bases. His hot hitting helped Lehigh Valley soar to the circuit’s best record in July (19-8) and to open up a commanding 9.5-game lead in the IL North Division
heading into August.

Walding produced ten multi-hit games during July, including three in which he hit a pair of home runs. He was promoted to the Phillies for the third time this season in mid-July, seeing time in four games between July 22-24. After returning he put his power on display during the July 28 doubleheader against Columbus, as he crushed
three three-run home runs to help sweep the Clippers. For the season, Walding leads the International League with a .536 slugging percentage and is tied for the lead in homers with 19. He is also 2nd in both walks (51) and runs scored (60).

Walding becomes the third member of the IronPigs over the last three seasons to claim honors as IL Player of the Month, following pitchers Phil Klein (August 2016) and Tom Eshelman (May 2017).

The 25-year-old Walding is in his seventh season as a professional player since being selected by Philadelphia in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. This is his first season that he started above the Double-A level. In 2017 he was an Eastern League All-Star and named the circuit’s Player of the Month in June. He made his Major League debut earlier this season for the Phillies. Walding is a native of Lodi, California.

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