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.
Even after top players Jarred Cosart and Jon Singleton were traded to Houston, the Clearwater Threshers had no problem crushing the Tampa Yankees 10-3. During the course of this absolute rout, 7 of the 9 Threshers’ starters had RBIs, 2B Cesar Hernandez and catcher Sebastian Valle, who both went 1-4, being the only two not to contribute an RBI. Included in this great show of offense was a back-to-back-to-back homerun display by RF Brandon Tripp (1), Cyle Hankerd (1) and 3B Travis Mattair (6). This was Hankerd’s debut for Clearwater, and the 26-year-old went 2-4 and scored twice. “It feels awesome to be back,” said Hankerd, “I’ve been working hard to get picked up by a team and I’m blessed to be here.” PhightingOn.com Class A+ Player of the Month Darin Ruf also contributed three RBIs and a homerun, bringing him to a season total of 67 RBIs. Continue reading