Checking in with Tyson Gillies

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Welcome back! I’m working on getting more frequent interviews with the prospects in the system, and this first one is big. A few months ago I had a chance to talk with Tyson Gillies, and he was gracious enough to give some more of his time for a check-in about his season so far. Jump it to read the latest interview with Reading outfielder and leadoff man.

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Best of the Minors: April 2012

It’s a brand new season! Well, it’s a month into a brand new season, but still, early baseball is a really exciting time. So far the affiliates (aPhillyates?… nah) have gotten off to drastically different starts, from the 17-5 Reading Phillies to the 9-4 Lakewood Blueclaws. On every team, there have been some standout stars, and here are, at least what I think, are the best from each time in the first month of 2012.

Lehigh Valley

Cody Overbeck, 1B: the only qualifying hitter on the IronPigs hitting over .300 (he is currently at .313), Overbeck seemed to pop up in the highlights of every game in April. He leads the team in RBIs at 14 for the month, and is tied for the lead in doubles (6) and home runs (2). He is also the only position player with at least ten games played and zero errors in the field,   and his slugging percentage is the highest in Lehigh.

April Stats: .313 AVG in 24 games, 14 RBIs, .458 slugging

Jake Diekman, Relief: Diek has been dominant out of the bullpen so far, allowing just one earned run in the month of April. In 11 innings of work, he has struck out 17 while only walking three, and has picked up three saves. I’m starting to see what Rich Dubee likes about this kid.

April Stats: 0-0 in 9 games, 11 IP, 0.82 ERA. 17 Ks

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Minor League Boxscores 4/23/2012

A little something to take your mind off of how awful the Phillies are. No jump today as only two games took place

Triple-A: Buffalo 5, IronPigs 1

New addition Mike Fortenot had a double, Cody Overbeck had the lone RBI. The PigPen did alright, except Phillippe Aumont shaky, 39 pitch 1.1 innings of work that included two walks and a wild pitch. Dom Brown went 1-4, his average on the year is .262.

Hi-A: Clearwater 8, Brevard 7 (f/12)

What a game offensively! Anthony Hewitt had a three run homerun, his first of the year, Edgar Duran contributed two RBIs on a second inning triple, his only hit of the game. Jim Murphy brought in Peter Lavin on a single in the bottom of the twelfth for the walkoff win. Perci Garner started for the Threshers, going 3.2 and allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks.