Prior to yesterday’s win vs. the Rays, the Blue Jays called up Anthony Gose from triple-A and sent righty Mickey Storey back to the minors. Gose, considered to be a valuable piece of the Blue Jays’ future, has struggled at the plate so far in triple-A this season, so his call up is a bit surprising. He was batting .227 with 2 homers and 12 RBIs. Perhaps the more alarming stat is the 56% stolen base percentage (5 of 9).
With Melky Cabrera’s hamstring tightening up on one leg and his quad tightening up on the other, look for Gose to get a bit of time in left field as a defensive replacement late in games. He’ll also most likely be used as a pinch runner and get the odd spot start in the outfield. The 22-year-old left handed hitter was 15 for 18 in stolen base attempts last season with the Jays. He possesses a cannon arm and lightning speed. The question is plate discipline and how well he can hit major league pitching.
Some members of the media think this move doesn’t make sense because Gose should be getting regular at bats and he won’t start everyday with the Jays. But in my opinion he can gain valuable experience on the bench by being around big leaguers. And with Rajai Davis on the DL, it’s nice to have a late game pinch runner when you need one.
Storey had pitched 3.2 innings, given up 2 runs, allowed 6 hits, 1 walk and struck out 5 in his brief stint with the Jays.