Anthony Gose Gets Surprise Promotion But Will He Play
The Toronto Blue Jays rewarded struggling prospect Anthony Gose with a promotion to the majors, a move that surprised Gose as much as anyone. Gose has been spinning his tires in Triple A with the Buffalo Bisons batting a modest .227 in 40 games for the herd. Gose initially did not think the promotion was real when he was informed of the call-up.
Gose, on receiving call this morning: “I kept asking them, was it real? … I just couldn’t believe I was going up, he said, emphasizing “I.”
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) May 20, 2013
The move on its face caught many off guard but makes sense as left fielder Melky Cabrera is dealing with lingering sore legs and fourth outfielder Rajai Davis is on the disabled list with an oblique injury.
When Gose was reassigned to Buffalo after spring training, he anticipated putting up impressive numbers to force the Jays hand into a promotion. However 40 games into the season Gose is still striking out more than once a game and his stolen base numbers are way down, having only swiped 5 bags for the herd. The Blue Jays optioned reliever Mickey Storey to the Bisons to free the roster spot for Gose. Perhaps the Jays are thinking a change of scenery will jump start the prospects season and get the speedster back on track.
Gose saw action in 56 games last season for the Jays where he batted .223 in 189 plate appearances and 15 stolen bases in his first kick at the MLB can.
The outfielder will done a new number for the big club after relinquishing his number 43 to R.A. Dickey. Gose will now patrol the outfield with the number 8 on his back. Gose wasted no time getting into a game coming on as a defensive replacement for Cabrera in the 8th inning of Monday`s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Gose has game changing speed and can flash web gems nightly as we witnessed last season, here is hoping the promotion will rejuvenate the 22-year old`s season north of the border.