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Prospect Report: Tyson Gillies

OF Tyson Gillies (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Inquirer)

Position: Outfield
Age: 24
Prospect Level: Mid-level prospect
Team:
Lakewood/Clearwater (Single-A)/Reading (Double-A)
2012 Minor League Stats: 75 G, .299 AVG, 14 2B, 8 3B, 4 HR, 24 RBI, .809 OPS

Season in Review: Numbers wise, Tyson Gillies put up a pretty solid season in the minors.

But all of that was wiped out when the troubled outfield prospect again found himself in trouble, this time with the team. While with Reading, Gillies was suspended for shouting at a bus driver.

But despite that, Gillies hit .306 in 68 games with the R-Phils, hitting 13 doubles, eight triples and four homers. Those were his best numbers since being acquired from Seattle in the Cliff Lee trade at the end of 2009.

Next year, Gillies will most like continue with Reading where his strong fielding and solid bat will improve. But it’s Gillies’ maturity that needs to improve if he wants to continue to ascend the farm system and one day play in the outfield at Citizens Bank Park.

Grade: B-

Phillies Prospect Aumont Gets Call to The Show

RHP Phillippe Aumont pitching this past Sunday in Lehigh Valley. (Photo by John Russo)

PHILADELPHIA — Almost three years ago, Cliff Lee was traded to Seattle for a package of prospects.

The move replenished the farm system after the Phillies dealt some of their top prospects to Toronto to acquire Roy Halladay.

Three players were acquired for Lee: pitchers Phillippe Aumont and J.C. Ramirez as well as outfielder Tyson Gillies. Aumont will be the first to finally wear a Phillies jersey.

Ramirez is also with Triple-A, posting a 3-1 record with 4.73 ERA in 33 1/3 innings. Gillies is in Double-A Reading and is currently suspended for yelling at a bus driver.

The move will come almost forced, with Jeremy Horst, the player whose spot was vacated, taking time off on paternity leave, as well as Aumont’s turn coming next after a dozen failed bullpen experiments this season.

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Phillies Prospect Tyson Gillies Suspended For Outburst With Bus Driver

Gillies (Akira Suwa/Inquirer)

READING, PA — The other day, it was found out that Phillies centerfield prospect Tyson Gillies was suspended for disciplinary reasons.

Today, details came out on why Gillies was given a ban.

Gillies, 23, of the AA Reading Phillies, was suspended an undisclosed amount of games for an outburst on an R-Phils bus driver.

Matt Gelb writes that Gillies was emotional according to a source because he had re-injured his hamstring just days after returning from a concussion that kept him out of action for seven weeks.

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Singleton, d’Arnaud, Gose Among Amaro’s Mistakes

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton (Astros AA) is tagged out at second by Jean Segura (Angels AA) during the Futures Game on July 8. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Hindsight is and always will be 20/20 for the viewer.

A look back at four of the biggest trades Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has made will raise two opinions: 1) Amaro pulled some seriously big names from Cleveland, Toronto and Houston; 2) Amaro also depleted the Phillies farm system so much that it ranks near the bottom of baseball currently.

Let’s cut to the point: Jonathan Singleton (23), Travis d’Arnaud (19) and Anthony Gose (38) rank in the top 50 in Baseball America’s prospect list. The Phillies have none on that list.

For a while it’s bothered me that those three names are very close to being every day Major Leaguers with the potential to be very good mainstays in the bigs. It wasn’t until Matt Gelb went to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City to watch the Phillies past and future prospects play and wrote a fantastic piece this morning that I had to at least say something about it beyond an occasional tweet.

Let’s break down Gelb’s report.

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Yankees down Phils in GFL opener

Phillies RF Hunter Pence celebrates a two-run homer in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Grapefruit League is under way.

The Phillies dropped their opening game of Spring Training, 8-5, to the New York Yankees Saturday afternoon in sunny Clearwater in front of a sold out crowd.

Cole Hamels pitched very well and efficient in his first start of the Spring. The left-hander went two innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out one. He faced nine batters and threw 15 pitches.

Former Phillies Raul Ibanez started as the designated hitter. He drove in the lone run off Hamels, a bloop double down the right field line in the 1st inning.

Jonathan Papelbon made his one-inning spring debut in the 5th inning. He cruised through three batters, inducing two pop ups and a fly out on a nice play by Tyson Gillies in center.

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Phils fill out 40-man roster; leave off James

Today is the deadline for teams to complete their 40-man roster before the Rule-5 Draft next month.

A player eligible for the Rule-5 Draft are players signed at 19 or older with four years of minor-league service time and players signed at 18 or younger with five years of minor-league time.

So in order to fill out the 40-man roster, the Phils added right-handed pitcher Phillippe Aumont, catcher Sebastian Vaille, left-hander Jake Deikman and outfielder Tyson Gillies.

Missing from that list is outfielder Jiwan James. As Matt Gelb pointed out, James is 22 and has not played a game above the Single A class. That is the reason the Phils most likely left him off the roster, feeling he has a good chance of not being drafted due to his lack of higher-level experience. A player like Gillies had a good shot at being drafted.

The Phillies still do have one more spot left on the roster. Guys like right-hander Scott Mathieson, catcher Erik Kratz, infielder John Bowker and infielder Harold Garcia (torn ACL last season) are all at a risk of being taken in the draft.

Personally, Erik Kratz should not be let go. Mathieson still has no control, Bowker can’t hit and Garcia is 25, damaged and hasn’t even gotten past AA.

Gillies Charged For Coke Possession

No he was not just quenching his thirst. Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies was charged with a felony for cocaine possession. He was arrested back in June the Phillies statement said.

Gillies was acquired along with J.C. Ramirez and Phillippe Aumont in the Cliff Lee deal last December.

Here the details of the incident as I don’t feel like re-writing it in my words: Paul Hagen, Philly.com

Phanatic Honored; Romero Update

The Phillie Phanatic will be everywhere in Philly now. 20 different Phillie Phanatic statues will be scattered around Philadelphia as a tourist attraction.

“Fans who already love the Phillie Phanatic will see him in a brand new way,” said Frank Luzi, the museum’s public relations director. “There’s something different to each one.”

Some of the places the statue will be on display is the National Constitution Center and the African American Museum. The statues will be on display at the Please Touch Museum before being put at different locations throughout the summer. At then end of the summer, the statues will be auctioned off for various charities.

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J.C. Romero is heading towards a full return to the Phillies as well. He pitched in his first minor league intrasquad game, going an inning and facing four batters. He faced Tyson Gillies, Freddy Galvis, Domonic Brown and Zak Farkes on just 13 pitches, throwing 10 strikes. Romero could throw again as early as Wednesday.

“Today was a big step for me,” Romero said in the clubhouse at Bright House Field. “I was very pleased with the outcome today. The good thing is that I was throwing a lot of strikes. My arm speed was outstanding.”

RPAC Blogger Preview

I did another questionairre with a blog that got posted today. Justin Evans, a good friend and former teammate on We Hate to Lose, is the owner of Red Pinstripes Are Cooler. He asked myself in a few other bloggers a bunch of questions and posted our answers along with his. Here are my answers to his questions:

01.  Who do you believe is the biggest catalyst to the Phillies success in 2010?

Jimmy Rollins. He has always been the catalyst for the Phillies offense and will not have a year remotely as close to the one he had last year. He’s already batting over .300 in spring and with his high expectations and confidence, I think he’s going to have a fine year.

02.  What are your expectations for J.A. Happ?  Happ was as lucky as Cole Hamels was unlucky last season.  Do you think he can come close to his 2009 success?

I expect a sophomore slump but not one that’s as drastic as the one Kyle Kendrick had. If Happ can take the role of #4 and pitch well enough for the team win, then he will have a solid year of 10-14 wins and an ERA in the low 4’s.

03. How would you rate Ruben Amaro’s two offseasons as GM?  Would you have signed Ibanez or Polanco for more than two years knowing that you have a lot of youth to sign in the future?

Ibanez was a mistake and Polanco was actually a good signing. The infield prospects aren’t as great as the ones in the OF. If Ibanez was signed to a two year deal with an option for a third, that would’ve been better. As far as GMing the past two years, Amaro has done a good job. Though he gave up a lot for the two Cy Young pitchers he had in four months, he has a lot of young talent in the farm to afford to make those mistakes. He can’t do it again though.

04.  What does Joe Mauer’s deal mean for Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard?  Will the Phillies re-sign both, one, or neither?  If only one, which player do you recommend they re-sign?

Werth is gone unless the Phillies increase the pay-roll. I have no problem with that either if Dom Brown turns into a stud or Tyson Gillies become  a diamond in the rough.

05. After Domonic Brown, which prospect in the farm system are you most excited to see wear a Phillies uniform in the future?

It’s a toss-up between Phillippe Aumont and Tyson Gillies. Aumont has a lot of upside on the mound and the the Phillies’ project in turning him into a starter will be very interesting. As far as Gillies, he’s got a beautiful compact swing and seems to be a guy who can get on base and be a serious threat to steal and stretch hits.

06.  Cole Hamels added some pitches to his arsenal.  How often do you think he’ll use his cutter and curve in 2010?  Everyone is expecting Cole to bounce back from an unlucky 2009, how big of a “bounce back” do you expect?

He’ll start off using his normal stuff, working the cutter and curve in. If things are going well for him at that point, the cutter and curve will not be used often. If he’s struggling, he’ll look to mix it up by adding the cutter and curve. As far as a bounce-back season: he will have one. Adding Roy Halladay took the pressure off of him. His confidence has also been much higher seeing as he feels he’s doing well in the spring and is looking to put 2009 behind him. I expect a 2008-like year.

07.  You’re going to a Phillies game today, what is your choice of food/beer for tailgating?  If you have no time to tailgate, what are must have drinks/food in the stadium?

I always get to the game early to feast at Harry the K’s or Bull’s BBQ. Pulled Pork, Schmidter, or a cheese steak from Tony Lukes are always top choices.

08.  How do you feel about the bullpen heading into the season?  Who are your biggest question marks?  If the Phillies make their third straight World Series, who pitches the final out for them?

Lidge is my biggest question mark because I’m afraid he will rush himself back. If Lidge is doing fine, he will be the closer all year. If he’s hurt or struggling, Ryan Madson should be the first to take the ball again. Am I worried he will struggle again? A little. But he got a lot of valuable experience last year after being thrown into the role. He will have the mindset of a closer this year as he knows he will be the go-to back-up.

09. Fifth starter: Kendrick or Moyer?  Does it really matter?

It matters a lot. Having a complete rotation will always matter. The Phillies have that too. Moyer will most likely start the season with only a couple chances to screw up. If he doesn’t get the job done then Kendrick is in. Kendrick earned himself a shot at starting but it was Moyer’s job to lose and he has pitched to deserve holding onto it for now.

10.  Better beard?  Werth, Park, or Bruntlett?

Werth’s by far. He had the Jesus-hair going with it. And with Easter around the corner, it’s so fitting.

11. Is Gload/Castro/Schneider better than Bako/Stairs/Bruntlett?  Yes/No? Why?

It’s much better. Schneider is a legit back-up and the confidence Charlie Manuel will have in him to play more will keep Carlos Ruiz fresh all year so he can be affective in the post season again. Gload is a better hitter than Matt Stairs all around. He’s actually another Greg Dobbs with a little more pop. Both he and Schneider will benefit in the Bank. Castro is a solid fielder and a better hitter than Bruntlett. In fact, anything is an upgrade in the hitting department compared to Bruntlett. Castro can play a lot of positions and will keep Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins fresh.

12.  Which current Phillie do you see making a speech at Cooperstown in the future?

No one anytime soon. They have future HOFers in Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and possibly Jimmy Rollins and Jamie Moyer. Moyer could be the closest age-wise but he’s not a guarenteed future HOFer. The first three are all locks but have plenty of years left in them.

13. Which Phillies on the 2009 World Series team, not named Cliff Lee, do you think this team will miss the most?

JA Happ. He won’t be he same pitcher this year.

14.  With Placido Polanco switching from second base to third, what are your expectations regarding his defense?  How valuable is he to the Phillies lineup in the 2-hole?

He’ going to be fine at third. Some throws won’t be made but he’s a smart guy and won’t forc bad throws. He has good range and will be able to eat up balls that could get into the OF. As a hitter, he fills a hole Pedro Feliz left in the line up. He will also be a great 2-hitter seeing as he strikes out a lot less than Shane Victorino.

15. Who scares you the most in the NL East?  The NL?

The Braves in the division because it’s Bobby Cox’s las year and they have a good rotation to go wih a balanced offense. In the NL it’s easily the Cards as their 1-2 is the best in baseball. Also having the best player in baseball in Albert Pujols helps.

Crashburn Alley Q & A

So I was featured in Crashburn Alley’s Phillies preview on Friday. I answered all the questions he asked even though two were published along with some predictions. Here are my answers to all of his questions:

1. How concerned are you about Cole Hamels going into 2010? – I’m not concerned at all about Hamels for 2010. He is still one of the best young pitchers in the game despite a terrible 2009 season. We know he’s going to give up homers in the hitter-friendly CBP but he’s going to strike out a lot of batter as well. With the addition of Roy Halladay, he has all the weight of being the team’s ace off his shoulders. Doc has also been a positive influence on Hamels’ work ethic as he tries to get to the field at the same time Doc does. Hamels should win 15-17 games in 2010 with an ERA in the low 3’s.

2. Give the Roy Halladay/Cliff Lee mega-trade between the Phillies, Blue Jays, and Mariners a letter grade and explain your grading process. – I give it a B+. The Phillies could have gotten more out of Lee as far as prospects but going after Halladay was the right move. He’s a better pitcher than Lee, only a year older, and his influence on the team could be his biggest asset. The Phillies had to trade Lee to restock the depleted farm system and Tyson Gillies and Phillippe Aumont could prove to be nice little gems.

3. What should the Phillies do about Jayson Werth and his impending free agency? – If they can get Werth to take a pay cut and/or the front office can give Ruben Amaro more room to work with, then sign him. Trading Howard would be a terrible move.

4. Jimmy Rollins says he wants to hit .300, accrue 200 hits, score 150 runs, steal 50 bases, and commit 3 or fewer errors. Give us your AVG, H, R, SB, and E predictions for Rollins in 2010. – I stated in a post a few weeks ago that I expect Rollins to hit .286 average, 121 runs, 194 hits (40 doubles, 8 triples, 16 homers), 68 RBI’s, and a .330 OBP. He’ll commit seven errors because Roy Halladay is a ground ball pitcher and losing a fielder like Pedro Feliz will give Rollins more opportunities.

5. Is the duo of Ryan Madson and Danys Baez reliable back-up for ailing closer Brad Lidge? – Madson and Lidge were victims of a bad season last year. Madson should be a reliable set-up man but not a closer. I think Baez should get the chance to close when Lidge is not available but isn’t a spectacular choice. Am I confident that they will do the job? Not as confident as I would be with Lidge.

6. Which team in the NL East worries you the most? – None with the exception of maybe the Braves. But I see the Phillies winning the division by 10 games anyway.

7. Teams have been approaching Ryan Howard with a steady diet of left-handed pitching and breaking balls and by employing the shift on the right side of the field. Will this trend continue in 2010, or will Howard make the appropriate adjustments? – The trend will continue and Howard will hit through it like he has in the past. We should also see more of his opposite-field abilities as he is not just a big bopper. I actually expect an MVP-caliber year from Howard.

8. Placido Polanco is making the switch from second base to third base. How good will he be defensively? – Good enough to not worry the Phillies. His bat will make up for his weaker arm. He is a gold glove fielder so he will be able to eat up ground balls. How smart he is with when to make a risky throw will be key.

9. Who should win the #5 spot, Jamie Moyer or Kyle Kendrick? – Kyle Kendrick. He’s younger, healthier, and has pitched much better so far in Spring Training. Halladay has had a positive influence on him so far and pitching in the same rotation with Doc during the regular season will make Kendrick better.

10. The bench was great in 2008 but disappointing last year. Will the additions of Brian Schneider, Ross Gload, and Juan Castro help? – Gload will have the biggest impact on the bench. He’s a .300 hitter off the bench from last year and his bat has a little pop. Schneider gives the Phillies a legit back-up catcher that will keep Carlos Ruiz fresh for the post season so he can have another great October. Castro will be able to spell Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, keeping them fresh for the long run. The bench is much better this year thanks to adding those three fresh faces and holding onto Greg Dobbs and Ben Francisco.

11. Will J.A. Happ come close to his 2.93 ERA from 2009? – No he will not. He won’t have exactly a sophomore slump either. I think an ERA in the mid-3’s will be realistic with a full season under his belt.

12. The Phillies essentially swapped Chan Ho Park for Jose Contreras. Thumbs up or thumbs down and why? – Can I answer this with a thumbs sideways? Park was certainly effective but Contreras proved last year that he can be great out of the pen. Contreras brings a great veteran presence to the pen as well.

13. Which Phillie(s) is/are we most likely to see dealt by the July 31 trading deadline? – Jayson Werth if only a deal can’t be reached and the Phillies want to get some great prospects for him.

14. The Phillies have had one of baseball’s best defenses for several years running according to most metrics. Does this trend continue? – It certainly does. Only Raul Ibanez is a below-average fielder and he even played well last season. With a strong fielding bench, that can be fixed easily in later innings. It helps when Ben Francisco can not only field but hit as well so the Phillies won’t be leaving a hole in the line up.

15. What will the team get from Domonic Brown this season? – If he has a monster year in AAA, it could lead to the Phillies trading Jayson Werth if they can’t work out a deal. Brown will see some time with the Phillies this year when they go on the road against American League teams with the DH. He’ll also be a part of the roster expansions late season.

Predictions
Record – 96-66, 1st in East
Playoffs – The Phillies will go back to the World Series after an easy first round win and a tough 6/7 game series with the Cardinals. Will beat the Yankees in 7.
Team MVP: Ryan Howard with a .283 average, 51 HR’s, 149 RBI’s
Team Cy Young: Roy Halladay with a 21-6 record and 2.47 ERA.
Biggest Rookie Contributor: Dom Brown
Breakout player: Kyle Kendrick with a 13-8 record and 3.58 ERA
Under-the-radar: Brad Lidge with 38/42 saves.

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