Player: Tyson Gillies
Acquired: Acquired along with Phillippe Aumont and Jose Ramirez for Cliff Lee from Seattle.
2009 Stats: None.
Intangibles: He’s an incredibly gifted athlete with great speed and hustle. His scouting reports say that he lacks power, something that doesn’t worry the Phillies at all. This video shows his swing and speed, where you can see around the 15-second mark his speed when he sees he can stretch his base-hit for a double. His awareness after contact is like a combination of Chase Utley and Shane Victorino. Though his bat doesn’t have the pop, he can put the ball in play which is what the Phillies love.
He has one tiny flaw: he only has 30% of his hearing in one ear and 60% in the other but can hear with an aide, which he has to take out in between innings to wipe the sweat from.
Here is his video I found on Project Prospect which also breaks down his swing fabulously:
Expectations: I expect him to play the entire season in the farm and then working his way up to the majors next year. He’s only 21 (a few months younger than me) and has PLENTY of room to develop.