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Anthony Gose can’t believe the Blue Jays called him up

May 20, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Toronto recalled outfielder Anthony Gose from Triple-A, which surprised Blue Jays fans and media members because he was hitting just .227 with a .667 OPS in 40 games at Triple-A after struggling in his first taste of the majors last season.

And you know who else is surprised by the call-up? Anthony Gose.

Gose is incredibly fast and figures to mostly serve as a pinch-runner and defensive replacement for the Blue Jays in the short term, so his struggles offensively aren’t particularly important. On the other hand calling up a 22-year-old to fill a very limited role is sort of surprising in itself.

  1. missthemexpos - May 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    The way this season has unfolded for Toronto, nothing surprises me anymore.

    • proudlycanadian - May 20, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      Three young pitchers to watch are Marcus Stroman, John Stilson and Sean Nolin. They all got off to a late entry to the minor league season, but all 3 are candidates to be called up during the season.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Big surprise; however, his speed will essentially replace that of Rajai Davis until the latter returns. Melky Cabrera also has sore hamstrings, so having a spare outfielder is wise.

    • Mark - May 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      If the Jays want a pinch runner they should use Bonifacio. If they want someone to replace Davis, a guy who kills LHP, they should call up Moises Sierra. Doesn’t make sense to call up Gose.

      • proudlycanadian - May 20, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Relax Mark. It is only temporary until Davis gets healthy. Bonifacio is starting most games at second base, so he is not available as a pinch runner. By being in Toronto, Gose will be able to get some necessary tutoring from the hitting instructor who understands him the best.

      • Mark - May 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

        “Bonifacio is starting most games at second base, so he is not available as a pinch runner.”

        Which is part of the problem, because he shouldn’t be starting.

        Anyway it makes no sense for a promotion given that Gose wasn’t even hitting well in AAA. Even if it’s for a short period of time, it’s a poor move.

      • lukescottsbedsidemanner - May 20, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        It SHOULD be Sierra, though. Much better hitter. The Beav ar offence poor. Still, Gose isn’t going to hurt too much once he’s on base as a pinch runner, so its a wash, I guess. I see him as a lat inning Melky replacement.

  3. 13arod - May 20, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    sometimes a team needs to do something crazy to win ballgames

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