Well, that escalated quickly.
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Just hours after being named the Detroit Tigers’ top prospect of 2015 by Baseball America, Devon Travis has left the organization, traded for a speedy centerfielder from the Toronto Blue Jays system, Anthony Gose.
Gose was apparently an attractive option for the Tigers because he bats left-handed and gives them a possible platoon partner for Rajai Davis. Like Davis, also a former Blue Jay, Gose has wheels but a shaky bat. In 94 games with Toronto, the 24-year old hit .226 with a .604 OPS and 15 stolen bases in 94 games.
In 51 games at AAA, Gose hit .244 with 21 stolen bases.
The Tigers seem to feel his bat is secondary to his glove and while he has potential at the plate he’s an above average defender–something you need for 81 games in spacious Comerica Park.
It is not easy being a top prospect for the Detroit Tigers. When you reach the pinnacle it is almost like you are the survivor of a horror movie. Then you are the first to be brutally murdered in the sequel. That means that Steven Moya had better be watching his back….
The organization wanted to convert Travis, a second basemen, to center during the Arizona Fall League, but core muscle surgery spoiled that chance. He was slated to be healthy and in center in Spring Training but if that happens it will be for the Blue Jays.
Travis played in 100 games for AA Erie this season, racking up a .298 average with 10 homers and an OPS of .817.