Position: CF, LF, RF
Birthday/Age: October 31, 1988 (24)
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
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.