Earlier this offseason, the Detroit Tigers traded away prospect Devon Travis for outfielder Anthony Gose. The expectation with this deal was that Gose would split time in center field with Rajai Davis. Gose offered tremendous defense, though his offense was a bit worrisome.For his career, Gose is a .234 hitter with absolutely no power. In three years in the majors, Gose has been primarily a bench player, having not played more than 100 games in any season. The Tigers certainly were not looking at his offense when they acquired him, but this Spring Training, his offense is exactly what is opening eyes in the Tigers camp.
Granted this is only Spring Training, and Gose has even acknowledged that, but Gose’s speed and bat have propelled the Tigers offense during the entire exhibition season to date.
In seven games this spring, Gose is hitting a cool .579, while making plays with his legs.
Anthony Gose just doesn't give a bleep. He's owning spring training right now. Just turned a should-be single into double. Then stole third.
— James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) March 11, 2015
His speed is one of the biggest aspects of his game, using both on the base paths and in the outfield. He has had the ability to run down a couple of long fly balls that many center fielder’s would not be able to track down.
Anthony Gose ends Price's 1st inning by running 40-yard dash to track down Tyler Moore's drive near track in RCF. 2-0 Nats.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) March 11, 2015
Anthony Gose is ridiculous, in a good way. Routine single to CF, he sees CF easing to it, takes second base easily. Speed
— Chris McCosky (@cmccosky) March 11, 2015
While it is only Spring Training, Gose is making his case to be an every day player for the Tigers. They can use the speed on the base paths as well as in the field. We will revisit Gose and his stats when the season gets well underway to see if this truly was another steal by Dave Dombrowski.