What Came Back to Philly?

A lot was made about the prospects that were traded by the Phillies (Kyle Drabek, Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Taylor) in the Roy Halladay/Cliff Lee mega-deal earlier this week. But remember, the Phillies got three prospects in return from Seattle.

To analyze, we talked to Geoff Baker, who covers the Mariners for the Seattle Times (blog, Twitter). Let’s take a look…

Phillippe Aumont, RHP

  • 6-7, 20 year old Canadian with a big arm. He got David Wright on a shattered bat line drive, then struck out Kevin Youkilis and Curtis Granderson with the bases loaded in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
  • Baker says: They changed administrations and Jack Zduriencik thought he projected better as a reliever. They were persuaded at the WBC. Big body who can make big leagues quickly and be one of the better relievers in the game…They have a bunch of relievers though, and  couple of them had to go…He does power skating in the offseason. Big strong guy. He’s had some hip issues since he was a kid, probably because he’s so massive. But he manages to control it, takes medication at times. He does stretching exercises. He should be in the majors fairly soon.

JC Ramirez, RHP

  • Had a 5+ ERA in the California League last year but was near 7 at home and just 3.09 on the road. His park in High Desert is one of the best hitters parks in the country.
  • Baker says: Good fastball, plus slider, but a work in progress. He’s not as polished and he pitched in a big hitters park in High Desert (Cali League). Had one of the better arms in the system, I’m told.

Tyson Gillies, OF

  • Very fast outfielder hit .344 in the California League last year, stole 44 bases and had a .431 on-base percentage…Uses a hearing aid in both ears.
  • Baker says: He’s a speedy CF. His time out of the box is very quick. We saw him in spring training. He really impressed them with his speed and baserunning. But he’s blocked here for years with Franklin Gutierrez and he doesn’t have the power bat they are looking for to play the corner. He might be about a year or year and a half away.
  • Me: Sounds like Shane Victorino or Anthony Gose

All three of these guys are likely headed to Double-A Reading.

3 Responses to “What Came Back to Philly?”

  1. Jack Doran Says:

    Have also read that Gillies is a high character guy who’s very much worth rooting for.
    Phils continue to supplement the top organization (Baseball America) in baseball.

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