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Jays pull Anthony Gose from Triple-A game ahead of possible callup

Jul 16, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

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I assumed either Eric Thames or Travis Snider would come up to help replace the injured Jose Bautista in right field in Toronto, but it appears the Blue Jays have other plans.

Anthony Gose, one of the fastest players in the minors, was pulled out of the game for Triple-A Las Vegas tonight, indicating that he could be called up Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Gose is hitting .293/.376/.434 with five homers and 29 steals for Las Vegas this season. That is one of the top environments for offense in the minors, but oddly enough, most of Gose’s production has come on the road; he’s hitting .323/.399/.469 in away games this season.

Gose is the best defensive outfielder in the Jays organization, which will make for an interesting decision for Toronto. Do they temporarily shift Colby Rasmus to right, even though he’s playing well at the moment? Or do they put Gose there, even though he’s the better defender and his entire career in right field amounts to six appearances in 2008-09? Given that Rasmus has a history of dealing with adversity poorly, Gose to right seems like the better move to me.

Frankly, I still think Snider or Thames makes more sense. Gose is an intriguing talent, but he strikes out an awful lot for a guy with middling power (93 times in 92 games this season). He’s still pretty raw, and since the Jays don’t need him as a center fielder, I think it’d be best to leave him in Triple-A until September.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Thames and Snider have proven they are NOT MLB players so might as well call up a future bust in Gose

    • duluthbuttonhut - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Go disrupt your apple cart somewhere else, Harry.

  2. mydadyourmom - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Bring the kid up.

  3. thekingdave - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Still can’t believe Ed Wade flipped him for Brett Wallace

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Indirectly, the Jays got Gose as part of the Halladay trade. In that trade, the Jays received Drabek, d’Arnaud and Michael Taylor. They actually wanted Gose rather than Taylor. Taylor was flipped for Wallace. After the Phillies traded Gose, the Jays were able to get him in exchange for Wallace.

      Mentally Gose was expecting to eventually play left field for the Jays. He has a high opinion of Rasmus in CF. As he has a strong arm, he would do just fine in right.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        you mean the trade where the phillies completely ripped off the jays? I never seen such a 1 sided trade since the Yanks traded the bluejays for Cone and Clemens, LOL. The next time the jays make a smart baseball decision will be the first time

  4. felser - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Guess Harry has never heard of Travis D’Arnaud. He will. And I’m a Phillies fan, so it pains me to write this response.

    • cur68 - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      The list of things ‘harry has never heard of is long and distinguished. Among those things are “honesty”, “paying for stuff”, “law abiding”, & “being able to vote”. By his own admission he has long career as a giant asshole, and is currently very proud of his child-like understanding of other people in relation to himself. he knows what “recidivism” means, though. Douchenozzle Of The Year has an early front runner here.

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