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.
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” (Phuturephillies.com), but a .212 batting average in 58 games and .922 fielding percentage showed his struggle adjusting to professional baseball.
After the Jump, Black talks about playing professional baseball, and what he thinks of his game. Continue reading
He’s the number one prospect in the organization, the only Phillie to be put on Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects list, (at number 76), and one of two Phillies to make Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101 list (May at number 51, Jesse Biddle at 84). His 208 strikeouts in 2011 led the Florida State League, set a new record at Hi-A Clearwater, and propelled him to the Paul Owens Award as the top pitcher in the Phillies Organization.
So what did May have to say about his own pitching, his expectations for 2012, and how he’ll handle the mammoth jump to Double-A? You’ll have to read on to see. Continue reading
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.
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