Anthony Gose’s Mid-Season Holiday
When the news came that the Toronto Blue Jays had called up their top prospect and star outfielder Anthony Gose, it came as a shock and a surprise to us all. He impressed in his first stint with the Blue Jays in 2012 with fifteen stolen bases in just parts of fifty-six games. Going into spring training with the big league ball club this year, Gose knew he wasn’t going to break camp with them due to the logjam of talented outfielders already in the Blue Jays outfield. Another season of development and ironing out the creases in his swing beckoned with Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons.
It has been anything but a happy time for Gose in his time with the Bisons this year however. The former first round draft pick batted just .227 with two home runs, twelve RBIs and a somewhat confusing five stolen bases in forty games this season and there are still plenty of creases in his swing. Gose will be the first to say that his numbers are disappointing thus far and was even quoted as saying it was the “lowest point” of his baseball career to date. Despite the shoddy numbers, Blue Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos called him up north of the border, primarily as cover for the injury-plagued Melky Cabrera.
The red-hot Cabrera has been hampered by hamstring and quadriceps strains for the past couple of weeks and Gose will provide an elite defensive upgrade for close late-game situations. But was this move really because of defensive cover? Maybe it was but I have a feeling there is more to it than that. I mean, Cabrera’s defence hasn’t been THAT bad. In fact, I can’t pick out a time where his injuries have prevented him from making a play. This leads me to my theory.
Is there such thing as a mid-season break for a baseball player? I know that there is the All-Star break in July, but I’m talking about a team giving a young guy a week away from his troubles, in a fresh environment with new people, new coaches and a clean slate. That is exactly what I think Anthopolous and John Gibbons have done. Give Anthony Gose a week away from Buffalo, show him his worth and value and then send him back down after a week or two to jumpstart his 2013 campaign.
The signs are there too. In the two games he has been with the Blue Jays, he has played one of them, had one at-bat and played left-field for a couple of innings. Call me mad, call me insane, but I think the Blue Jays have just given Gose a holiday and will be sent down back to Buffalo shortly. Go Jays!