Toronto Blue Jays mega-prospect Anthony Gose will, in all probability, begin the season with the Blue Jays Triple A affiliate Buffalo Bisons due to a log jam in the outfield.
However, Gose is not deterred, and seems poised to force the Blue Jays hand with his positive attitude and eagerness to improve while getting full-time at bats in Buffalo.
Gose had two stints in the majors last season and at times appeared overmatched. However, when he was recalled the second time, he had tweaked his stance and seemed to alter his approach at the plate, which led to more consistent contact.
Gose brings a high level of excitement in the playing field with his blazing speed, and his defensive gracefulness is comparable to former Blue Jays fan favourite Devon White.
Gose stole 15 bases in 56 games with Jays last season, as well as 228 career swipes in 511 minor league games. It’s a statistic that will only improve as the Blue Jays now employ former Montreal Expos stolen base king Tim Raines as their base running coach. Gose has been seen with Raines on numerous occasions already this spring picking his brain for pointers.
The performance of Gose may put a little added pressure on Jays starting center fielder Colby Rasmus, who is entering a make-or-break campaign in 2013. Rasmus could become expendable rather quickly if Gose lights it up with the Bisons.
There is no question Gose will light it up for the Blue Jays this season – it is just a matter of when.
Clayton Richer covers the Toronto Blue Jays for Rant Sports, follow and interact with him on Twitter @MLBHotCorner