Ban means more lost development time for Gillies
Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies continues to lose valuable development time.
The 23-year-old outfielder was suspended indefinitely from the Double A Reading club on Thursday. A person with knowledge of the suspension said Gillies recently violated a team policy and that the infraction was not related to the problems he had two years ago.
Gillies, a speedy centerfielder, came to the Phillies organization in the Dec. 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Seattle. He played in just 28 minor-league games in 2010. His season was shortened by a hamstring injury and an arrest in Florida for cocaine possession. The charges were later dropped.
Gillies tried to get his career back on track in 2011 but played in just three games as he was once again plagued by hamstring issues.
With his hamstring problems behind him, Gillies opened this season at Double A and was playing well when he was forced to the sidelines by a concussion. Gillies was recently activated from the disabled list. In 44 games with Reading this season, Gillies hit .291 with a .372 on-base percentage. He had two homers and 16 RBIs.
The Phillies have been patient with Gillies because he has blinding athleticism and tools that could one day make him a big leaguer. He plays primarily center field, a position that could be in flux as Shane Victorino arrives at free agency after this season. Phillies officials had hoped to get a good read on Gillies’ major-league viability this season, but all they’ve received is more question marks and disappointment.
It is not known when Gillies will be reinstated. Since joining the Phillies organization, he has played in just 77 games, barely half a minor-league season. That has to be considered a major blow to his development and chances of realizing his major-league potential.