Gose Getting First Shot At Big Leagues
TORONTO—Anthony Gose made his major league debut a little earlier than expected.
When right fielder Jose Bautista went on the disabled list with an inflamed left wrist, the Blue Jays promoted the 21-year-old Gose, a center fielder with Triple-A Las Vegas, to fill in for Bautista.
Passed over were Las Vegas slugging left fielders Eric Thames and Travis Snider, both of whom were subsequently traded for bullpen help. Manager John Farrell said the decision to call up Gose instead of those two was based on the staff at Las Vegas and Toronto scouts who had observed the 51s.
"It's not a slight on anyone," Farrell said. "They were asked (for a) recommendation. They said, 'This is the guy who's most ready right now.' That's not to say that Snider's not doing something, or Thames is not doing something. That was the recommendation."
Gose was used as a pinch-hitter in his major league debut against the Yankees on July 17. In his second at-bat he bunted for a hit. A day later he made his first start.
Gose went from the Phillies, the organization that made him a second-round pick in 2008, to the Astros on July 29, 2010, as part of the Roy Oswalt deal. Houston then flipped him to Toronto for first baseman Brett Wallace.
Gose batted .253/.349/.415 with 70 stolen bases with Double-A New Hampshire last season. In his first 92 games with Las Vegas, he batted .292/.375/.432 with five homers and 29 steals.
"I feel it's night and day from when I first came over and to the point I am now," Gose said about his hitting, "(but) I still have a lot of work to do.
"(I'm) still refining things and getting better at my craft, and doing the things I need to do.
Gose was 5-for-28 (.179) after his first nine games, with two steals in three tries.
"He's in a learning process," hitting coach Dwayne Murphy said. "I think he's out there thinking a little bit too much, but he's going to be good. He's got good tools, a good swing, he works hard—he's going to be fine."
• The Blue Jays traded outfielder Ben Francisco and reliever Francisco Cordero to the Astros as part of a 10-player deal on July 20. Included in the trade were four prospects: righthanders Asher Wojciechowski and Joe Musgrove, lefthander David Rollins and catcher Carlos Perez.
• The Blue Jays dealt Snider to the Pirates for righthander Brad Lincoln and Thames to the Mariners for righthander Steve Delabar, both on July 31.