Checking in with Tyson Gillies

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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Interview with Taylor Black

It’s officially Spring Training! Baseball fans can finally quench their thirst for the sport they love, but unfortunately right now the media coming out of Clearwater consists mainly of Twitter pictures, sound bites and an exhibition game against Florida State University. So before the team hits the field, I thought it would be a good idea to put out another interview, this time with 2011 draft pick and shortstop Taylor Black.

Black, who was drafted in the 16th round last year, is an interesting prospect. After being drafted from the University of Kentucky, he went straight into play at Short-Season Williamsport, where his performance was a bit underwhelming. According to scouting reports, Black is a “pure defender with good contact skills” (, but a .212 batting average in 58 games and .922 fielding percentage showed his struggle adjusting to professional baseball.

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Interview with 2011 Pick, Pitcher Ryan Duke

Oh, hello, I didn’t see you there. It’s been a long winter full of football (who cares) lion hunting and Twitter annoying-ing (follow me at @Sheehan99), but with the feint scent of baseball in the air I’ve awoke from my hibernation. All BS aside, here’s an interview I did with 2011 draft pick and Lakewood closer Ryan Duke. Duke tore the South Atlantic League up in 15 appearances, allowing just seven hits and five walks over 15.2 innings. In the interview you can tell right away that Duke knows exactly what he has to do to be successful on the mound, and looking at his stats you can tell he’s followed his own advice. What am I talking about, you’ll have to hit the jump to find out.

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Introducing 2011 Draft Pick Mitchell Walding

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to talk with shortstop Mitchell Walding, who was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. There weren’t many scouting reports on him, so my interview with him was more about getting to know Walding as a player. After the jump, Walding discusses his experience being drafted, his abilities on the field, and a potential move to third base. Continue reading

Interview with Pitcher and Radnor Native Jordan Ellis

It’s almost baseball season again! We at PhightingOn are chomping at the bit to get back to the game, and we’re sure you are too. Spring Training doesn’t start for another month, so here’s an interview with relief pitcher Jordan Ellis, who was drafted by the Phillies in 2008, and spent last year between Clearwater and Reading.
PhightingOn: At age 26, you’ve been in the organization for about four years. Where do you see yourself fitting into the system, and where do you see yourself playing in three years?

Jordan Ellis: After a few years of pitching in every bullpen role I really see myself as being a middle-inning reliever to set up guy. Both roles I feel confident pitching in and where I have been given the most opportunity. In three years my ultimate goal is to Continue reading