Phillies Prospect #24: Tyson Gillies

Tyson Gillies has overcome a hearing impairment that was diagnosed as a child. So far though, he hasn't been able to overcome injury problems that are the only thing standing between him and super-prospect status.

Tyson Gillies

Position: CF, LF, RF
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Birthday/Age: October 31, 1988 (24)
Ht/Wt: 6' 2", 205 pounds

How he became a Phillie: Acquired along with Ps J.C. Ramirez and Phillippe Aumont on December 16, 2009 in the deal that sent P Cliff Lee to the Seattle Mariners. Gillies was initially drafted by Seattle in the 25th round of the 2006 Draft.

Defense: Gillies is an excellent defensive player, who has worked hard to improve and get to the point that he's at now. His speed is a definite asset and gives him the ability to chase down balls in the gaps that other outfielders simply can't get to. His arm is slightly above average, but because he can cut balls off better than most, runners don't get as many chances to take an extra base on him.

Scouting Report: The only real issue with Gillies has been his injuries, which seem to plague him every season. In 2012, Gillies was healthy enough to play in 75 games, which is the most he's played in since 2009 when he was in the Mariners organization. He missed a good amount of time due to a concussion that he suffered in an outfield collision and later missed time when he was suspended for violating team policy. The best thing that could happen to Gillies would be for him to make it through a full season in good health and show just what he can do. 

One deficiency in Gillies' game is that he swings through a lot of pitches, but he is showing some improvement. The strikeout numbers are somewhat tempered by the fact that Gillies draws a decent amount of walks, helping lead to his career .395 on-base percentage in the minors. If he can cut down on his strikeouts, Gillies plus-plus speed is going to be an even bigger weapon. His work to cut down on his strikeouts is continuing and he has shown improvement in the Venezuelan Winter League, striking out once every 7.28 at-bats compared to once every 5.75 at-bats this past season.

Ceiling: Assuming that Gillies puts things together, he has the potential to be at least a good, everyday center fielder in the majors. With the potential for 10 or 12 home runs per season and the speed to steal 40-plus bases, it wouldn't be out of the question for Gillies to even have All-Star caliber numbers in the majors. It's just a matter of keeping himself on the field.

ETA: The outfield at Lehigh Valley could be somewhat crowded, but Gillies should get a shot at starting the season at Triple-A. As for when he could be in the majors, it's a tough answer to give, since we don't know if his injury issues will continue. If his injuries continue, it's possible he won't be there until 2015, but if he stays healthy, he should be in the discussion to join the club out of spring training in 2014. The Phillies added Gillies to the 40-man roster to protect him in the Rule 5 Draft, so he'll be in camp with the big league club. He will leave camp to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic in March, but where he's playing isn't the issue; the fact that he plays and stays healthy is the only thing that really matters right now. Gillies figures to start the 2013 season at Lehigh Valley for his first taste of the Triple-A level.

Did you know? As a child, Gillies was diagnosed with severely limited hearing in both ears, but has never let the issue slow his career.

2007AZL Mariners (R)3586201932069623.221.337.302.639
2007Everett (A-)48350002201.625.625.6251.250
2007combined stats39942324320811624.255.358.330.688
2008Everett (A-)61192366065222243546.313.439.427.866
2008High Desert (A+)1130470101116.233.281.300.581
2008combined stats72222406766223253652.302.421.410.831
2009High Desert (A+)1244981041701714942446081.341.430.486.916
2010GCL Phillies22310001020.500.750.5001.250
2010combined stats28107182621272724.243.302.336.638
2012combined stats75298628914842492059.299.369.440.809
6 Seasons341123224837844311710491129241.307.395.434.830
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