Phillip David Gosselin… 2007 graduate of Malvern Preparatory School (PA)… Attended the University of Virginia and in 2009 set a school record for hits in a season (100)… As a junior at UVA, was first-team All-ACC and third-team All-America… Hobbies: Golfing, hiking and reading… Signed by: Billy Best.
Made CIN's Opening Day roster after receiving a non-roster invite to ML spring training l Optioned to Louisville (AAA) on 4/26 l Claimed off waivers by ATL on 5/3 and assigned to Gwinnett (AAA) l Was on the DL with a left thumb sprain, 5/24-6/4 l Overall, played in 81 games for Gwinnett and appeared at every spot in the lineup except cleanup.
Played for 4 teams in 2 organizations...made 40 apps for the Pirates & Rangers and 73 apps for their Class AAA affiliates in Indianapolis & Round Rock...on 2/10 was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Pirates...on 8/12 was claimed off waivers by the Rangers...made his 12 apps for the Rangers over 3 stints (8/19-8/20, 8/22-8/25, 9/5-end of season)...following the season became a free agent...on 12/21 was signed by the Reds to a minor league contract with an invitation to 2018 Major League spring training camp.
Spent first full season in the Majors with Arizona...Led all big league players and set franchise records in pinch-hits (20) and pinch-hit appearances (83)...Went 20-for-77 (.260) with four walks and six RBI as a pinch hitter...Made 35 appearances (21 starts) at second base, 10 appearances (five starts) at third base, six appearances (four starts) at first base, two starts in left field and one appearance in right field (5/24 at Pittsburgh). ..Hit first home run (fifth career) on 4/17 at San Diego...Tied career high with three hits (fourth time) on 7/24 at Cincinnati...Connected off Milwaukee's Michael Blazek for first career pinch-hit home run on 8/7...Recorded his second career walkoff hit (single) on 10/2 vs. San Diego...Ended season with a 57-game errorless streak, dating back to 9/19/15.
Combined to hit .311 (69-for-240) with 9 doubles, 3 home runs and 18 RBI in 44 games with Atlanta and Arizona…Acquired from Braves for RHP Bronson Arroyo and RHP Touki Toussaint on July 23…Played in 16 games (15 starts) at second base and 7 at third base (6 starts)…also played as a defensive replacement in left field once…On 60-day disabled list from May 18-Aug. 30 with a fractured left thumb…combined to hit .316 with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 11 RBI in 14 rehab games with Rookie AZL D-backs, Single A Adv. Visalia and Triple-A Reno…Recorded first walk-off hit on Sept. 29 vs. Rockies, a pinch-hit single in 11th inning…Hit an inside-the-park home run on Oct. 1 vs. Rockies, the 10th D-back to accomplish the feat (sixth at Chase Field).
For the second consecutive season, split time between the Major League club and the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves. Combined to hit .324 (164-for-506) with 33 doubles and 75 runs 142 games between to two levels...Appeared in 46 games over two stints for the Major League club, from 7/26 through the end of the season and batted .266 (34-for-128). Recalled 7/13 and optioned 7/17...Smacked his first career home run 8/15, a two-run, two-out shot off OAK's Jesse Chavez...Set a career high with three hits on two separate occassions, 8/31 vs. MIA and 9/17 vs. WSH...Collected his first career pinch-hit in 8/8's sixth inning vs. WSH...Reached base safely in 28 of his 30 starts via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch. Batted .284 (33-for-116) with four doubles and 16 runs scored in his starts...Defensively for Atlanta, made 17 starts at second base, eight at third base and five at shortstop...Had a career-year at GWI, as he finished with the second highest batting average in the International League with a .344 (130-for-378) mark and was named the Gwinnett Braves Player of the Year by the organization...Earned GWI's Most Valuable Player team award after leading the club in batting average and OPS (.866)...Selected to the International League All-Star team. Started at third base and went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Mid-Summer Classic at Durham...Named to the International League postseason All-Star squad. Was named as the All-Star Utility Player after receiving votes at second base, shortstop, third base, outfield and designated hitter...Was in the top 10 among Braves minor league hitters in several offensive categories, including batting average (2nd, .344), hits (T5th, 130), doubles (6th, 29), on-base percentage (7th, .379), slugging percentage (2nd, .487) and OPS (4th, .866)...At the time of his 7/26 callup, ranked among International League leaders in hits (1st, 130), batting average (2nd, .344), total bases (2nd, 185), doubles (T2nd, 29), triples (T3rd, 5), OPS (4th, .866), runs scored (T4th, 58), extra-base hits (T4th, 39), on-base percentage (5th, .379) and slugging percentage (7th, .487)...Selected as the International League Player of the Week, for the week ending 7/14 after batting .692 (18-for-26) with six doubles, 2 triples, one home run and six RBI over seven games...Went 32-for-104 (.308) in 27 June contests as he was selected the organizational GWI Player of the Month...Led GWI with 41 multi-hit games. Had a six-game multi-hit streak, 7/7-12. Put together a 10-game hitting streak, 7/4-17: .618 (21-for-34), seven doubles, two triples, one home run and eight RBI...Fell a hit shy of the cycle three times in a five-game span, 7/7 vs. Syracuse (3-for-4, 1B, 2B, HR), 7/8 vs. Syracuse (3-for-4, 1B, 2B, 3B) and 7/11 at Norfolk (4-for-5, 1B, 2 2B, 3B)...Smacked back-to-back home runs, 6/24-25...Played five positions defensively for GWI: first base (1), second base (25), third base (41), shortstop (20) and left field (8).
Split the season almost equally between Mississippi (AA) and Gwinnett (AAA), playing in 59 games and 58 games, respectively. Also appeared in four games with the Major League club...Batted a combined .254 (108-for-425) with 14 doubles, a pair of triples, three home runs and 38 RBI in 117 games between the two minor league stops...Had his contract purchased on 8/16 vs. WSH and made his Major League debut as a defensive replacement that evening, tallying one putout and two assists on three total chances...Recorded his first Major League hit with an infield single in the second inning off WSH's Gio Gonzalez on 8/18. Collected two hits in the game, his only two hits with the Major League club...Opened the season with Mississippi, where he hit .243 (53-for-218) in 59 games before earning a promotion to Gwinnett (AAA) on 6/23...Garnered Gwinnett's Player of the Month award for August after batting .304 (28-for-92) with three doubles and five RBI in 25 games...Reached base safely via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch in 34 of 38 games from 4/16-6/9...Stroked a season-high four hits on 5/7, ending the night 4-for-6 with two doubles, three runs and two RBI.
Led Mississippi (AA) in games with 128 and plate appearances with 547...His 46 RBI were good for fourth on the team...55 runs put him third on the team.