Apr 11, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielderAnthony Gose
(12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
CF Anthony Gose, Detroit
The other pleasant surprise in the early going for the Detroit Tigers is center fielder Gose.
He has provided the Tigers exactly what they were hoping for out of the leadoff spot: speed, speed and more speed.
Gose only has one stolen base in the first nine games, but he is 9-for-23 at the plate. And with Jose Iglesias hitting so well in the ninth spot of the Tigers order, Gose is getting opportunities to drive in runs. Gose has five RBI, six runs and four extra-base hits.
The bad news for owners is fellow Tigers center fielder Rajai Davis is also off to a hot start, getting the game-winning RBI on Tuesday and Wednesday in Pittsburgh, so owners should expect Gose and Davis to continue to platoon in center. It hurts his fantasy value, however, Gose should keep getting a majority of the starts and be relevant in deep leagues.