Player: Anthony Gose
Born: August 10th, 1990, Bellflower, CA
Position: Center field
Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2008 amateur draft, 51st overall.
- 5 years in minors after being drafted directly out of High School.
- Traded 2 different times before landing with the Tigers, and once for Roy Oswalt.
- Stole over 69 bases twice in the Minor Leagues.
- Has 34 career stolen bases in 202 games.
- Major League debut July 17, 2012 for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Anthony Gose was traded to the Tigers in November for 3 prospects. The Tigers are hoping that he fills a need in Center field since Austin Jackson was traded last July. He was drafted out of High School by the Phillies and was traded twice before landing with the Blue and making his MLB debut in July 2012. Since, he has been up and down between the majors and minors, showing flashes of a solid ball player defensively, but never being able to put up the offensive numbers. He holds a career .234 average with 47 walks and 34 stolen bases over 202 games.
Currently Gose is slated to start off the season in the Majors splitting time in Center field with Rajai Davis. It is expected that Gose will get the bulk of the starts against right handed pitchers with Davis getting the starts against the lefties. Gose has above average defensive capabilities and the Tigers are hoping for a break out season offensively. He gives the Tigers more speed on the base paths, while continuing to upgrade a poor outfield defense last season. Ausmus and Dombrowski see a ton of potential in Gose and wouldn’t be surprised if he had a break out season offensively. The Tigers control Gose until the 2020 season and are hoping that he is going to be the center fielder for the immediate and long term future.