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Philip David Gosselin (born October 3, 1988), is an American professional baseball utility infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Atlanta Braves selected Gosselin in the fifth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. He made his MLB debut in 2013. Gosselin has also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Texas Rangers.

Phil Gosselin
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Gosselin with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Philadelphia Phillies
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1988-10-03) October 3, 1988 (age 30)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 16, 2013, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
(through May 4, 2019)
Batting average.265
Home runs7
Runs batted in41


Early lifeEdit

Gosselin was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania.[1] He graduated from Malvern Preparatory School ('07), where he played shortstop on the baseball team.[2][3][4]

He then attended the University of Virginia, where he played college baseball for the Virginia Cavaliers. As a junior in 2009 he set a university record for hits in a season (100) while batting .382 (mostly as the leadoff hitter) as he earned First-Team All-ACC and Third-Team All-America honors.[5][6][7] He ranks 6th in Virginia history in career doubles (50), and 10th in RBIs (145) and total bases (345).[7]


Atlanta BravesEdit

Gosselin during his tenure with the Atlanta Braves in 2014

The Atlanta Braves selected Gosselin in the fifth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.[8]

He was called up to the majors for the first time on August 16, 2013.[9][10] He debuted the same day, in the tenth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals.[11] He was outrighted off the Braves roster on November 5, 2013.[12]

Gosselin was called back up by the Braves on July 13, 2014, when Dan Uggla was suspended by the team for one day.[13][14] Gosselin was again recalled by the Braves on July 26 after Uggla was released.[15] On August 15, Gosselin hit his first MLB home run, against the Oakland Athletics.[16] He batted .266/.304/.320 in 378 at bats for the Atlanta Braves in 128 at bats.[17] In the minors, as he batted .344 (second in the International League)/.379/.487 with 5 triples (tied for 7th in the league) for the Gwinnett Braves, he was named a 2014 International League mid-season and post-season All Star, and Player of the Week on July 14.[18][19]

He made the Braves' Opening Day roster in 2015, and batted .325/.357/.425 in 40 at bats over 20 games before fracturing his left thumb against the Miami Marlins on May 17 while diving for a ground ball.[20] The injury required surgery, and Gosselin missed eight weeks of the season.[21][22]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

On June 20, 2015, Gosselin was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Bronson Arroyo and Touki Toussaint.[23]

On September 29, Gosselin recorded his first career walk-off hit with a bases-loaded RBI single against the Colorado Rockies. This gave the Diamondbacks a 4-3 win in 11 innings.[24] In 2015 with Arizona he batted .303/.382/.545 with 3 home runs and 13 RBIs in 66 at bats.[17]

Gosselin in 2016

In 2016 he batted .277/.324/.368 with Arizona with 2 home runs and 13 RBIs in 220 at bats.[17] He led all Major League pinch hitters in hits, with 20.[6]

Gosselin was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on February 7, 2017.[25]

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On February 10, 2017, Gosselin was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Frank Duncan, but only had 40 at bats for the team.[26] With the AAA Indianapolis Indians, he batted .266/.304/.336 in 241 at bats.[18]

Texas RangersEdit

Gosselin was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers on August 12, 2017, but only had eight at bats for the team.[27]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On January 2, 2018, Gosselin signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds. He earned a spot on the Reds' Opening Day roster, but only had 24 at bats for the team.[28]

Return to AtlantaEdit

The Atlanta Braves claimed Gosselin off waivers on May 3, 2018.[29][30] The Braves designated Gosselin for assignment on June 25, subsequently outrighting him to the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers, with whom he batted .251/.319/.384 in 279 at bats.[31] He declared free agency on October 9.

In the major leagues, through 2018 he had played 97 games at second base, 37 games at third base, 11 games at shortstop, 8 games at first base, and eight games in the outfield.[32]

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

On December 18, 2018, Gosselin signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.[33] On April 17, 2019, the Phillies purchased Gosselin's contract and added him to the roster.[34]


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  2. ^ Before He Played for Pay . . . Phil Gosselin
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  14. ^ "Braves suspend 2B Dan Uggla for 1 game". Associated Press. July 13, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
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  16. ^ Cooper, Jon (August 16, 2014). "Gosselin steps in for Simmons, hits first homer". Retrieved August 17, 2014.
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  18. ^ a b Phil Gosselin Stats, Highlights, Bio | Stats | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
  19. ^ 2014 International League Batting Leaders |
  20. ^ ‘Freight Train’ David Peralta gaining admirers
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  22. ^ Atlanta Braves IF Phil Gosselin has surgery on fractured thumb
  23. ^ "Diamondbacks send Bronson Arroyo, Touki Toussaint to Braves". Associated Press. June 21, 2015. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  24. ^ Romero, Jose M. "D-backs: Gosselin hits walk-off single in 11th". Associated Press. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  25. ^ Thornburg, Chad (February 7, 2017). "D-backs sign infielder Descalso". Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  26. ^ "D-backs acquire Frank Duncan from Pirates for Phil Gosselin". February 10, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
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  28. ^ "Reds' Phil Gosselin: Secures Opening Day roster spot". Retrieved March 25, 2018.
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  30. ^ O'Brien, David (May 3, 2018). "Braves claim Gosselin off waivers". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  31. ^ Byrne, Connor (June 24, 2018). "Braves Place Arodys Vizcaino On DL, Select Evan Phillips, DFA Phil Gosselin". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  32. ^ Philip Gosselin Minor Leagues Statistics & History |
  33. ^ Adams, Steve (December 18, 2018). "Phillies Agree To Minor League Deal With Phil Gosselin". Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  34. ^ "Phillies' Phil Gosselin: Summoned to majors". Retrieved 2019-04-17.

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