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Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies suspended indefinitely

Jul 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies, who was arrested two years ago for cocaine possession before the charges were eventually dropped, has been suspended indefinitely by Double-A Reading.

Jim Salisbury of reports that Gillies “violated a team policy” and the situation has nothing to do with his previous arrest, but for the second time in three seasons the 23-year-old outfielder who came to the Phillies from the Mariners in the Cliff Lee swap will have to put his development on hold.

His off-field issues combined with hamstring problems and a concussion have limited Gillies to a grand total of just 77 games during the past three seasons. When in the lineup this year he played well, hitting .294 with an .815 OPS in 46 games, and the speedy center fielder has the potential to someday replace impending free agent Shane Victorino in Philadelphia.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    This kid is frustrating to no end. Very gifted and talented but proceeds to get in his own way time and time again. One would think with the impending free agency of Victorino, that he would be doing everything in his power to show that he can be a possible replacement. Instead, this happens. With every passing day that Lee trade looks worse and worse. Not just because of the performance of those traded for but for RAJ needing another starter a few months later, necessitating the trade for Oswalt….which cost the rightful heir apparent in CF, Gose.

  2. birdzflyinhigh - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Agreed. Very disappointing, it will be interesting to hear the reason why. He might not have been ready to replace Victorino next year, but now the phillies will have to re-evaluate their long-term CF situation because Victorino is surely out the door, especially if this Hamels deal comes to fruition.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:49 AM

      Indeed. My fear is that they will throw Pence out there and flank him with some combo of Nix, JMJ, and Brown. Talk about a horrid defensive OF.

  3. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    I have him on my Dynasty team and was hoping to move him, but that’s not going to happen now

  4. wizardb - Jul 20, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Tyson has been in the batting cage all winter for the 2 years before this one and I’ve gotten to know the young man fairly well,I’m positive the coke charges of a couple of years ago were garbage and I can really comment on the current issue because we really have no idea what it is.I can only say in my experience Tyson is a fine young man and has really been a fine mentor to the young men he has worked with the previous couple of winters in North Vancouver!

  5. wizardb - Jul 20, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Was suppose to say in the batting cage with my son and his ball team(no edit button)

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