Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies leads off and plays center field for the heavily favored Canadian team, part of a World Baseball Classic qualifying pool that includes Great Britain, Czech Republic and Germany.
Gillies, whose season was marred by injuries and a team suspension, finished with an encouraging .304/.369/.453 line in 311 plate appearances with Double-A Reading. In two-and-a-half qualifying games, he's 7-for-12 with a homer, double and triple. You can watch Gillies in action on MLB Network - right now - as Canada takes on Germany in their third qualifying game from Regensburg, Germany. Canada leads 8-1 in the fifth.
Several other Phillies are also in action this week, including outfielder Aaron Altherr (Germany), infielder Albert Cartwright (Great Britain) and pitcher Chris Kissock (Canada). Alther just homered to put Deutchland on the board, his second tournament home run.