Gose not giving 100%?
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
|Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose runs during practice at the club's spring training facility in Dunedin Fla., Feb. 15, 2011. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)
DALLAS - Anthony Gose can do it all ... so we’ve heard.
The centre fielder runs like Tim Raines, has better than average power and the former pitcher (his fastball was clocked at 95 m.p.h. as a high schooler) is accurate to home plate.
Nary a discouraging word have we heard about Gose, 21, the centre fielder of the future and next year’s centre fielder at triple-A Las Vegas. Until arriving in the Anatole Hilton.
A talent evaluator who saw Gose play during the Arizona Fall League said he had a bad habit of not running out ground balls.
There may be 400 people in the stands in Arizona, instead of the 7,000 usually at double-A New Hampshire, but not running out everything is a red flag to veteran evaluators.
It’s not known if Gose’s lack of hustle would make the Jays make him available in trades.
“A GM just asked me if any of our prospects were untouchable,” Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said without discussing Gose specifically during his daily press briefing.
“I don’t believe anyone is untouchable ... some players may come at a very high price.”
The Jays had first base coach Torey Lovullo fly in for two days to work with Gose in order to develop a relationship for February in Dunedin.
Did Gose’s lack of effort happen before or after Luvollo made his trip to Arizona? Unsure.
“Not running out ground balls is a red flag of how serious a player is about the game,” said one scout.
Another scout countered, “It’s a green flag — he stole 70 bases. He’ll be OK. He’s a young kid. I like him, a lot.”
Gose hit .253 with 16 homers and 59 RBIs at double-A New Hampshire this summer.
For the Peoria Desert Dogs in the Fall League he hit .250 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 29 games. He was seven-for-nine stealing bases.
After winning the Eastern League title, playing in the Fall League, Gose played his first game for Tigres de Aragua in Venezuelan winter ball on Saturday.
Few North American prospects want to play winter ball compared to a decade ago.