Tyson Gillies was diagnosed with a hearing impairment when he was four and a half. Thanks to the use of hearing aids and an ability to read lips, he has been able to overcome that disability. It has also taken a lot of hard work and focus to be successful in baseball, making sure he knows every situation on the field and sees everything going on around him. Gillies was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 25th round of the 2006 MLB draft. After three years playing through the minor leagues, he was part of the blockbuster trade that included Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, sending Gillies to Philadelphia. He played in the Phillies’ organization for five years before signing a minor league deal with the Padres in 2015. He has spent the season with their AA affiliate, the San Antonio Missions. Gillies previously played for Canada in both the qualifying tournament for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the 2013 WBC itself.
Family: Parents Tony and Lanin… Sister Carmen… Getting into the Sport: Started playing baseball at age 11 because he needed a sport to play after the hockey season ended… Outside Interests: Attended Iowa Western Junior College… Enjoys hockey, cooking, travelling…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
World Baseball Classic: 2013 – 12th