Anthony Gose has fantastic first week in Spring Training


Of all the sports in the world, it takes the biggest sample size to prove one’s worth in baseball.

That’s why, after one week of Spring Training, it is relatively difficult to get too high or too down on anyone’s performance, but that still shouldn’t take away what Tigers 24-year-old center fielder Anthony Gose has done in the first week of Spring Training.

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In four games, Gose has seven hits in 11 at-bats, .636 batting average, with a triple, five runs scored, three RBI, and two walks.

And once he is on base, Gose can use his best skill: speed

The 24-year-old is 2-for-2 stealing bases and on Saturday versus the Braves, his speed forced a wild throw into second base on a force play which caused batter Yoenis Cespedes to be safe at first.

Gose is a career .234/.301/.332 hitter in 552 at-bats with the Toronto Blue Jays. Last season, he was even worse, hitting .226 in 239 at-bats. With all the question marks for the Tigers this season and the hole in center fielder left by Austin Jackson at the trade deadline last July, Gose would give the Tigers a huge boost if he can hit and be a force on the bases.

He, however, realizes that success isn’t measured in the first week of March.

“It’s spring training,” Gose said according to The Detroit News. “It’s been four days. If I’m doing this at the All-Star break, then come talk to me.”

Detroit acquired Gose in a trade with Toronto last November. According to The Detroit Free Press the Tigers sent their 2013 minor league player of the year Devon Travis to the Blue Jays in exchange for Gose, who reunites with former teammate, fellow center fielder Rajai Davis.

Davis and Gose were both outfielders on the Blue Jays’ roster in 2012 and 2013. This season in Detroit, the pair expect to platoon in center field with Gose starting versus right-handed pitchers and Davis against lefties.

Unless of course Gose can continue to hit like he did the first week of Spring Training. He has a long way to go to win the job, but he is certainly off to a good start.

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