After 4 unremarkable minor league seasons, Phil Gosselin had an eye opening 2014 in his second tour at AAA Gwinnett. Gosselin, who turns 27 in October, batted .344/.379/.487 in a not insignificant 378 at bats. Promoted to Atlanta, Gosselin held his own with a .266/.310/.320 line in 128 at bats. The Braves 2010 5th round pick out of the University of Virginia, Gosselin plays all the infield positions and also spent some time in left field.
Gosselin’s .487 slugging percentage at Gwinnett was driven largely by 29 doubles, and he does not project to hit with enough power to start outside of the middle infield. With the acquisition of Alberto Callaspo and with top prospect Jose Peraza in waiting, it appears Gosselin’s role now and ongoing will be as a bench player who can back up at multiple positions. Gosselin came in as a defensive replacement for Tommy La Stella several times last season, but posted a below league average range factor at all his positions (in limited innings, to be fair.)
We have 4 years of minor league data that tell us that Gosselin is not likely to be a factor at the major league level, and one intriguing outlier in 2014. An optimist would note that Gosselin is approaching what should be his peak offensive years, and wonder what the 2nd base position will look like after evaluating the spring training performances of Gosselin, Callaspo, and the newly acquired prospect Jace Peterson.