Towards the end of the Toronto Blue Jays‘ 2013 season, an abundance of their minor league talent was brought up to the big leagues to fill in for injured players and because the season had appeared to have spun out of control in regards to expectations.
Players such as Kevin Pillar, Ryan Goins and Moises Sierra all saw plenty of time on the field as the season started to wind down, but perhaps the most intriguing late season call-up performance was had by Anthony Gose.
What Gose lacks in pop, he makes up for in unbelievable speed and solid defense in center field. Gose’s impressive play through August and September created an option for GM Alex Anthopoulos that he may not have known he had until Gose was ready to impress.
Colby Rasmus came back from injury in September and played very well both offensively and in center field. His stock increased a lot. He showed that he had regained his power as he went through a stretch of games where he would clear the second deck at the Rogers Centre over the right field wall in what seemed like every other at-bat.
Rasmus is an integral part of this team, but if the Blue Jays like what they saw from Gose, Rasmus could find himself as the topic of conversation in Anthopoulos’ office.
Gose has been a call-up for the Blue Jays on a number of occasions and he now believes he is ready to be an everyday player at the major league level. His speed alone is enough to warrant getting him into every game in some way, shape or form. He seems to be very durable and stays healthy as well.
This is where he differs from Rasmus and perhaps becomes more valuable. Although very talented, Rasmus is also injury-prone as he appeared in less than 120 games this past season. The Blue Jays are in need of an everyday center fielder that will play more than three quarters of the games. An extra 50-plus stolen bases that Gose would provide during a whole season would be more than welcomed as well.
The Blue Jays are notorious for making random roster moves at random times. Everyone thought that Rasmus was going to show the baseball world just how great of a ballplayer he was a lot earlier than he did.
Although they have been waiting, this could fare well for the Blue Jays. After Rasmus’ solid comeback from injury and Gose’s overall good performance at the end of the season, Rasmus could be sent elsewhere while his stock is at a premium and while Gose gears up for a Spring Training battle.