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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-

UPDATE: Reading Phillies Name Possibly Leaked; It’s the Fightins

On November 17, the Reading Phillies will rebrand their Minor League franchise.

The Phillies Double-A squad, the R-Phils, will announce on November 17 the name, logo and uniforms for their squad. They have been the Phillies for 46 years, serving as an affiliate to the Phillies.

“Since 1967, the Reading Phillies have been proud affiliates of the Philadelphia Phillies,” said Reading General Manager Scott Hunsicker. “Our relationship is the longest affiliation in the minor leagues and there has never been a better time to be a Phillies affiliate.. Considering the heritage and fun nature of Baseballtown, our entire front office is extremely anxious to unveil and share our new name with everyone on November 17th.”

I vote they call themselves the Reading Rufs, seeing as Darin Ruf single handedly destroyed Double-A (and some Major League) pitching in 2012.

UPDATE — Crossing Broad ran a very interesting story, saying the Reading Phillies have registered three domain names with the word “Fightins” in them.

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Phillies To Call Up Ruf Monday

R-Phils DH/OF Darin Ruf. (David M. Schofield/The Druid’s Eye)

PHILADELPHIA — Minor League phenom Darin Ruf will get his big call to the Majors.

A week after manager Charlie Manuel said he would like to get a first-hand look at Ruf, the Phillies will call-up the 26-year-old slugger on Monday, according to Reading Eagle reporter Mike Drago.

Ruf broke the Phillies single-season Double-A marks for homers and RBIs with 38 and 104 this season. He hit .317 in the process with an OPS of 1.028.

Ruf isn’t a very good fielder, bouncing back between first base and left field when he isn’t DHing. But Ruf is a right-hander and the Phillies could use a power bat like that from the right side of the plate.

The Phillies host Miami on Monday.

Phillies Place Schneider On DL; Select Lerud from Reading

PHILADELPHIA — The chances of Brian Schnieder returning next year are growing slimmer.

The Phillies placed the 35-year-old backup catcher on the DL today with a strained hamstring. To fill his spot, they called up catcher Steven Lerud from Reading.

Sebastian Valle was in AAA but the Phillies didn’t want to call him up because it was too soon and they didn’t want to deplete Lehigh any further.

Lerud is batting .235 in AA as the backup to Valle and now Tommy Joseph.

With Erik Kratz’s fine season, he will be the top candidate to be the backup catcher next year for Carlos Ruiz.

IronPigs, R-Phils Shuffle Includes Sanches, Valle

ALLENTOWN, PA — The Phillies weren’t the only team in their organization that did a little bit of shuffling at the trade deadline.

With the addition of some prospects, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Reading Phillies moved some guys around to make room for the return the Phillies got for Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.

C Sebastian Valle in 2009. (Crosscutters/Dick Hostrander)

Right-hander Brian Sanches was released, ending his second stint with the Phillies.

Sanches, 33, was 3-2 with a 2.50 ERA (39.2IP, 15R/11ER) in 25 games this season with the IronPigs. With the Phillies, Sanches was 0-1 with a 9.95 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.

The Pigs also reassigned right-handed pitcher Justin Friend to Reading.

Last night, the Phillies sold Pigs catcher Tuffy Gosewhisch to Toronto for cash. The Phillies also reassigned LHP Jake Diekman and Joe Savery back to Lehigh.

The R-Phils promoted two players to Lehigh. They were catcher Sebastian Valle and infielder Cesar Hernandez.

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Valle Promoted With Acquisition of Joseph

Reading catcher Tommy Joseph (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Disatch)

With the acquisition of Tommy Joseph, the Phillies found themselves with two good young catchers on their Double-A squad in Reading.

Joseph joined top catcher prospect Sebastian Valle in the Phillies organization when he was included in the trade that sent Hunter Pence to the Giants earlier this afternoon. But with Joseph’s presence, Valle got the promotion he undoubtedly deserved.

Valle, who turned 22 last week, was promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 80 games with the R-Phils, Valle was hitting .261 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs.

Joseph, 21, was hitting .260 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 80 games for the Richmond Flying Squirrels in Double-A. They play Reading tonight, so his trip to the R-Phils’ dugout was very short.

The move was made for two reasons. First, Valle deserved the call up. Second, Joseph will play every day with Reading for the remainder of the season while Valle gets time in Lehigh to maximize both catchers’ playing time.

The move also ends Tuffy Gosewhisch’s time in Philadelphia with Brian Schneider being activated and Erik Kratz soon to be sent back to Lehigh. Gosewhisch was sold to Toronto.

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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Down on the Pharm: Quality Pitching

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)
Record: 25-18 (3rd in North Division)
How the Team is Doing: Lehigh Valley went 5-3 this past week and swept a four-game set against the Indianapolis Indians. Kevin Frandsen enjoyed a strong week at the plate as he hit .333 with an RBI. The IronPigs also saw one of their all-time fan favorites Rich Thompson traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Kyle Hudson who is currently the starting center fielder.
Featured Prospect Watch – SP Tyler Cloyd:  Cloyd is off to a phenomenal start at the AAA level. He is 4-1 with 1.97 ERA in five starts with Lehigh Valley. In Tuesday’s contest against Indianapolis, Cloyd was masterful with his command. He tossed six shutout innings of three-hit ball and got himself out of numerous jams.
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