Anthony Gose, OF
Born: 8/10/1990 in Bellflower, California
Speed will always be in high demand in the majors, where a stolen base threat on the bags changes the makeup of an inning. And because speed is so valuable on the diamond, Anthony Gose is an exciting member of the Phillies organization. At just 19, and in his first full season in the minor leagues, Gose stole a minor league-leading 76 bases this year with Lakewood. He was named the South Atlantic League’s Most Exciting Prospect in a poll of league managers earlier this season. That type of ability on the basepaths, plus other natural tools, make Gose a prospect to watch.
The Phillies picked Gose in the second round (51st overall) of the 2008 Draft and got a great package in the process. Though the Phillies decided they wanted to use Gose strictly as an outfielder, his left arm is a livewire, as he topped out at 95 mph when pitching from the mound in high school. The tremendous arm translates into the outfield, where Gose is as gifted as they come at making all the necessary throws – he had 13 assists from centerfield this season. Range is also a great asset for Gose, who covers ground smoothly and regularly makes exciting plays in the field. That’s what speed can do for you.
Gose is still a work in progress at the dish. He bats left-handed, like most speedsters, and has a line-drive swing that sprays the ball across the field. After finishing with a .259 average this season it’s clear that Gose has a long way to go before he can become the leadoff-type batter that his tools suggest. He also struck out 110 times against just 35 walks, something that must be corrected for Gose to fit in appropriately atop a lineup. Despite reports when he left high school that there was hidden power in his frame, Gose didn’t flash much this year and looks more like a slap hitter who can pop the occasional round-tripper.
The rare combination of top-notch speed, excellent fielding ability and good tools at the plate make Gose a top prospect. His 76 steals came with 20 times caught stealing this year, but that is still an above-average percentage, especially for a teenager. As he develops as an athlete and a baseball player, Gose should become a smart base-stealer who can swipe a bag in any necessary situation, but never run the team out of an inning. If he can take advantage of all his tools he will be the Phillies centerfielder of the future.
Year Level AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG OBP SLG
2008 ROOK 39 10 0 3 1 12 3 .256 .293 .359
2009 A 510 132 2 52 35 110 76 .259 .323 .353
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