The rise and fall of 10 former Blue Jays
May 13, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose (12) bats during the game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
8. Anthony Gose – Detroit Tigers
Gose, once a top prospect of Toronto’s, is having a solid start to his first season in Detroit. The Jays traded Gose to the Tigers for second baseman Devon Travis over the winter. So far, neither team is complaining too much.
Gose is hitting .314, with a .355 on-base average and a .791 OPS (on-base average plus slugging percentage), all of which would make for a breakout year if maintained.
His weaknesses remain the same. Gose has always struck out a lot, which the Blue Jays had hoped he would adjust. But he’s still striking out at a 26.4 per cent this year. The other weakness also carries over from Toronto. Gose has incredible speed, but his actual base-running skills need improvement. He’s been caught stealing five times this season, which leads the AL.
Defensively, Gose is doing what Gose does. He’s posted a 2.93 range factor in centre field, which ranks him fourth in the American League.
Overall, it’s an improvement year for Gose and the Tigers should be happy with the value they’re getting.