MLB Spring Training 2012: Blue Jays Top Prospect Anthony Gose Heads to Triple-A

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIMarch 25, 2012

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Anthony Gose #43 of the Toronto Blue Jays poses during photo day at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on February 20, 2011 in Dunedin, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Toronto Blue Jays No. 2 top prospect Anthony Gose, ranked by Baseball America, is on his way to Triple-A Las Vegas to start as their center fielder.

Gose played in parts of 18 games with Toronto in spring training after being invited to participate. He hit two RBI, stole three bases and had a batting average of .259 during his time in spring training.

Making the roster was a long shot and was not expected, but the invitation to spring training is a recognition of his talent and future potential.

Toronto's assistant general manager Tony LaCava said that last year they made some changes to Gose's swing mechanics and let him loose to get as many plate appearances as possible. They didn't worry about him striking out, which he did fairly often last year in Double-A.

LaCava plans to refine and polish Gose a bit more, expecting that he will eventually make it onto the Blue Jays. LaCava believes that the changes in Gose's mechanics will begin to show in his numbers.

Gose is a powerful hitter, although he does strike out often. He has tremendous speed and stole 70 bases, while being thrown out only 15 times in 2011 with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

The 2011 season started out slowly for Gose, but he ended the season with 129 hits, 20 doubles, seven triples, 16 home runs and 15 RBI with a .253 batting average in 509 at-bats.

After a successful 2011 season in the minors, and with a good showing in spring training, the Blue Jays' organization has promoted him to Triple-A Las Vegas to work on refining and further developing his swing mechanics and his approach at the plate.

Gose will begin training at the Bobby Mattick Training Center to prepare for Triple-A. The 2012 season in Triple-A will be a huge development year for him, and I would expect to see him get called up to Toronto in Sept. 2013.

Gose has the potential to become one of Toronto's future star players. Toronto Blue Jays fans have much to look forward to over the next few years.