Mitch Walding

High school: St. Mary’s

Sport: Baseball

Professional: Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies AAA)

Walding, a 26-year-old third baseman, had a solo home run, two walks and an extra run in Saturday’s 7-6 win over Buffalo, then went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs in a 5-1 win over Gwinnett.

Gio Brusa

High school: St. Mary’s

Sport: Baseball

Professional: Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants AA)

Brusa, a 25-year-old first baseman, had a double and a run in a 4-3 win over Portland on June 6, and went 2-for-3 with a double (his fourth straight game with a double), two walks and a run in a 14-5 win over New Hampshire.

Zach Phillips

High school: Galt

Sport: Baseball

Professional: Acereros del Norte (Mexican League)

Phillips, a 32-year-old reliever, had four appearances in the past week, starting with a one-out appearance (a strikeout) in a 7-5 win over Dos Laredos on June 6. He then threw 1 1/3 innings in a 15-12 loss to Monterrey, with two runs on three hits allowed, then had scoreless relief innings (with two strikeouts each) in Saturday’s 7-4 win over Dos Laredos, and in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Dos Laredos.

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