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Tyson Gillies went 2-2 with two runs scored, a triple, and two RBIs, Josh Zeid started
and tossed two scoreless innings, and the Phillies Double-A squad pulverized the Toronto
Blue Jays Double-A team 12-3 in Clearwater on Monday afternoon in the first of 18 spring
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Gillies hit .357 through seven games in
May last season, before being placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain
one which would eventually sideline him for the remainder of the season (he played
in just 26 games for the R-Phils in 2010).
On Monday afternoon, in the first Spring Training game of the season for the
organizations Minor League players, Gillies started in center field, hit leadoff and
made something happen in each of his at-bats perhaps a sign of things to come this
season. Originally acquired by the Philadelphia Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade with
Seattle on 12/16/09, Gillies is full of potential.
In 2009, as a member of the Seattle Mariners organization, Gillies hit an impressive .341
with nine home runs, 104 runs scored, and 42 RBIs for Double-A High Desert. He was named
California League Player of the Week twice and had a season-high 18-game hit streak from
7/17-8/6. He was equally impressive on the base paths finishing second in the
league and first among Seattle minor leaguers with 44 stolen bases.
The potential is there for Gillies, and hes just 22 years-old. Theres reason
to believe that 2011 season will be a very positive one for the youngster.
Also on Monday, Joe Savery, who posted a 12-4 mark with a 4.41 ERA for the R-Phils in
2009, was solid at the dish for the Double-A squad. Savery, who has converted to a hitter
full-time this season, went 3-3 with a double and three RBIs. Last season, the product of
Rice University, posted a 1-12 mark with a 4.66 ERA for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. As a
hitter, he hit an impressive .348 with one home run and six RBIs in 46 at-bats. It will be
interesting to see where Savery begins the 2011 campaign.
Stephen Susdorf (2-5), Darin Ruf (2-3), Fidel
Hernandez (2-5), and Francisco Diaz (2-3), each had two hits in the contest
homered and had two RBIs
Sebastien Boucher went 1-2 with three walks and three runs
Cody Overbeck, who hit 13 home runs with the R-Phils in 2010, went 0-2. He
reached base twice however, one via walk, and the other via a hit-by-pitch
May and Justin Friend each tossed two scoreless innings
Baseball America ranked May
as the fifth-best prospect in the Phillies organization.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.