- Full name Philip David Gosselin
- Born 10/03/1988 in Bryn Mawr, PA
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 188 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Virginia
- Debut 08/16/2013
Drafted in the 5th round (164th overall) by the Atlanta Braves in 2010 (signed for $150,300).
View Draft ReportGosselin got a lot of attention after a first-inning home run against Stephen Strasburg in the 2009 Irvine regional, and he was building on that by batting .385/.465./619 with eight home runs, 58 runs and a team-best 21 doubles this spring. He's a good athlete capable of playing multiple positions, though he fits best at second base. He has good bat speed and is a solid-average runner.
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Gosselin creates mixed opinions among talent evaluators. The Braves think he was a steal in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, while scouts with other teams believe his grit stands out more than his physical ability. A hard-nosed player with keen instincts, he missed the last two weeks of the 2011 season and a planned trip to the Arizona Fall League when he injured his thumb sliding into a base. Gosselin has a quick bat and barrels the ball consistently, though he offers only modest gap power. He has fringy speed but has a knack for taking the extra base. After seeing action at several positions in college at Virginia, Gosselin has played exclusively at second base in pro ball. He has good footwork and does a solid job of turning the double play. His arm strength is no better than average, which limits his ability to play on the left side of the infield. Nevertheless, he still profiles more as a utilityman than as a regular. He'll play in Double-A this year.
Gosselin played a key role in Virginia's run to the College World Series in 2009, including hitting a home run off San Diego State's Stephen Strasburg in the NCAA regionals. He became an offensive catalyst for a Cavaliers team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation for much of last spring, batting .382 and leading the club with 22 doubles and 11 home runs. That performance got him drafted in the fifth round last spring and earned him a $150,300 bonus. Gosselin is a good athlete who batted leadoff at Rome during his pro debut and is capable of hitting in a variety of slots in the lineup. He has plus bat speed and barrels up balls with consistency. He has gap power and average speed that plays up thanks to his baserunning savvy. Gosselin played several positions in college but stayed at second base after signing and exceeded the Braves' expectations. He showed nice footwork and instincts, and he turned the double play well. His range is fringy but his arm is average. Several club officials regard Gosselin as the steal of Atlanta's 2010 draft, and they think his blue-collar approach will take him to the big leagues. He'll probably open 2011 in high Class A and could reach Double-A by midseason.