Meet the Prospect: Anthony Gose Has Been Recalled, But Will He Hold Value?

With Jose Bautista hitting the DL yesterday the Blue Jays’ recalled one of the more hyped prospects in the minor leagues in Anthony Gose.  While he didn’t start yesterday’s game, we can assume that he isn’t up to sit on the bench.  What can we expect from him?  Let’s take a look and learn everything we need to about him:

    • 21-years old (he will turn 22 in August)
    • Left-handed hitter
    • Outfielder
    • Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round in 2008
    • Showed potential for power and speed, as he stole 70 bases and slugged 16 home runs at Double-A in 2011
    • Power may have been a little deceiving and he hasn’t followed it up in 2012 (5 HR in 377 AB in the Pacific Coast League)
    • He has hit extra base stuff, however, with 18 doubles and 10 triples
    • He would be much better off not swinging for the fences and using his speed, though he has had a problem getting on base consistently
    • In 2012 he has already struck out 93 times, meaning he will strike out over 100 times for the fourth straight season
    • In 2011 posted a 26.2% strikeout rate
    • He is on track to post a walk rate above 10% for the second straight season (10.6% in 2011), but not enough to offset the strikeouts
    • Has struggled against southpaws this season, hitting just .187
    • Played in the 2012 Futures Game
    • Baseball America ranked as the #39 prospect prior to 2012; had at #47
    • Baseball America compared physically to Nyjer Morgan, but “bigger tools than T-Plush”

The bottom line with Gose is that he has the talent and ability to be a force at the top of the Blue Jays order (something they desperately need). However, he needs to reduce the strikeouts significantly if he wants to succeed. If he is having trouble making consistent contact against minor league pitching how is he going to fair in the AL East when he has to face CC Sabathia, Jon Lester and David Price among others?

Unfortunately it is impossible to expect good things from him this season. Sure, if you are in desperate need of speed I could see him filling a gap and getting you a few, but it is going to be at an extreme price in average. In fact, given his struggles against lefties it is hard to imagine him being anything but a platoon player and pinch runner at this point

Long term he has a very bright future, but he needs to start making the necessary adjustments.  In yearly formats he probably won’t hold much value in 2012.  However, in keeper leagues he is a must add.

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