NBC Sports Philly Alumni Report: Aaron Altherr 2014-15

Altherr has been swinging a hot bat for the Phillies in 2017

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By Reading Fightin Phils | August 29, 2014 12:57 PM ET


Former Fightin Phils outfielder Aaron Altherr has gotten off to the best start of his young career. Expected to open the 2017 as the fourth outfielder for Pete Mackanin, Altherr has played himself into an everyday role this season.  

Altherr has appeared in 25 games and is hitting .351 this season. He has already tied his career high in home runs with seven. Altherr has not been shy from the dramatics this season: on Sunday, May 7th against the Washington Nationals, Altherr hit a pinch-hit, game-tying three-run home run in the 8th inning. It would be a game the Phillies would eventually win. 

Altherr spent parts of three seasons in Reading, including a most recent stint in 2016 rehabbing from a wrist injury. Spending all of the 2014 season with the Fightins, Altherr appeared in 120 games, where he drove in 57 runs and hit 14 home runs. 

Born in Germany, Altherr's mother served in the US armed forces and his father was a former German soccer player. Aaron represented Team Germany in the 2012 WBC Qualifer, where he went 6-for-11 with a pair of home runs. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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