MLB Spring Training 2012: Toronto Blue Jays' Anthony Gose Steals the Show

Bill Ford@billfordwritesCorrespondent IIIMarch 31, 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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The Toronto Blue Jays' No. 2 top prospect Anthony Gose made quite an impression on Thursday by stealing home to secure a win for the Blue Jays against the Boston Red Sox.

In the eighth inning, Gose was walked to first base to lead off. He stole second base, and then third. He noticed that Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was lobbing the ball back to the pitcher, so he took the risk and stole home.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said that he had never seen anyone steal second, third and home in the same inning in his entire career. Farrell went on to say that Gose has a combination of pure speed and has the ability to read the game.

In the 2011 season playing for the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Gose stole 70 bases only getting caught stealing 15 times. His lightning-fast speed caught the eyes of Toronto, confirming and validating that they made the correct decision by trading for him.

The 2011 season started out slowly for Gose, but he ended the season with 129 hits, 20 doubles, seven triples, 16 home runs and 59 RBI with a .253 batting average in 509 at-bats.

With his successful 2011 season in Double-A, and now his tremendous outing playing for the Blue Jays in spring training, he has earned a promotion to Toronto's Triple-A team in 2012.

Gose has improved a great deal over the last year. The 2012 season in Triple-A will be a huge development year for him, and I think that he'll get called up to Toronto in Sept. 2013.

With a season or two in Triple-A, he is destined to become a Toronto Blue Jays superstar.