Gose hears the cheers

Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose of Team USA (left) watches as Jean Segura of the World Team throws...

Blue Jays prospect Anthony Gose of Team USA (left) watches as Jean Segura of the World Team throws toward first after tagging him out during the Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday in Kansas City. (Getty Images)

BOB ELLIOT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:07 AM ET

KANSAS CITY - Centre fielder Anthony Gose received his first standing ovation in a big-league stadium Sunday.

Gose broke to his left and made a diving, Jim Edmonds-like grab to steal a bid for extra bases from Oscar Taveras in the third inning of the 14th annual XM All-Star Futures Game.

Gose, whose fastball was clocked at 96 m.p.h. as a high schooler, then threw flat-footed, almost doubling the runner off first base.

Whether it was the catch or the throw, the cheers melded into one long ovation from the sold-out crowd of 40,095 at Kauffman Stadium.

It won’t be the last standing ovation in a big-league park for Gose, a Blue Jays prospect playing at triple-A Las Vegas.

“I saw the ball off the bat,” Gose said after the game, which Team USA won 17-5. “The wind was pushing it away from me. It felt good to make the catch on this stage, in this envoirnment.

“I’ve made a few.”

Gose said he knew USA teammates Michael Choice, of the Oakland Athletics, Scooter Gennett of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Jonathan Singleton of the Houston Astros.

He also marvelled at the stolen base numbers of Cincinnati Reds prospect, shortstop Billy Hamilton, who has swiped 104 bases in 125 tries at class-A Bakersfield.

Gose led the minors with 79 steals in 2009 when he was at class-A Lakewood before he was part of the package going to Toronto when the Jays sent Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.

Gose was sporting about a three-inch raspberry on his right leg. Part of the wear and tear from stealing? No, he was injured breaking up a double play at Las Vegas. “It’s on fire right now,” he said.

He singled in the third inning and went to second on the throw to third and later scored. He walked in the fourth in his only other plate appearance.

“How ‘bout the manager?” said Gose, nodding towards Hall of Famer George Brett, before the game. “That speaks for itself.”

Gose is hitting .290 with 18 doubles, nine triples, four homers and 38 RBIs. He’s 29-for-36 stealing bases and has a .793 OPS.

“I’ve been stuck on 29 bags a long time, sometimes the games get out of hand one way or another and you shouldn’t be running,” Gose said. “I’ve been getting progressively better with the bat.

“April was awful.”

After hitting .216 the first month, he hit .364 in May. He followed that up with a .283 mark in June and is hitting .269 this month.

One of the most impressive sights for Gose in the first half of the season was Adam Lind’s 32-game stint at Las Vegas.

“Here comes Lind, he has a good contract, he could have come down and been angry,” Gose said. “He got his work in, didn’t let anything bother him, did his job.”

Lind hit eight homers with 29 RBIs. He batted .448 with a 1.112 OPS.

Which is a lot more than Gose, but we’ll take Gose over Lind in a race.


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