Phillies president David Montgomery walked up to Tyson Gillies on a sunny day before the Grapefruit League schedule started as Gillies was waiting for his turn in the batting cage. Montgomery slapped Gillies on the back and asked if he was staying out of trouble.
The question, on the surface, was merely rhetorical. A cliche ingrained into the lexicon of small talk. For Gillies, however, the query had a little more juice behind it.
When he’s not smiling — which isn’t often — Gillies looks the part. He sports a mohawk that some might mistake for a mean streak. For the most part, however, Gillies just looks like he has a lot of fun.
Gillies usually can be seen bouncing around the clubhouse, chatting with teammates at the community table over breakfast. The background picture on his Twitter profile is him at the team’s golf outing, a club between his legs, pretending it’s a horse.
“He goes 24/7 with all his energy,” Ben Revere said. “I don’t know where he gets it. You always gotta have one of those types on your team.”
He came to the Phillies in 2009 as a part of the Cliff Lee trade, which sent the current Phillies pitcher to Seattle in exchange for Gillies, Phillippe Aumont and Juan Ramirez. Gillies and Aumont were considered elite prospects at the time.
Both are 24. Aumont, however, is already contributing at the big-league level, and figures to be a near-lock to nab a bullpen job on the Opening Day roster.
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Courier-Post | Mar 2