MLB Spring Training 2013: Anthony Gose Turns Up the Heat

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIMarch 1, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG - SEPTEMBER 23:  Outfielder Anthony Gose #43 of the Toronto Blue Jays fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on September 23, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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Phenomenal outfielder Anthony Gose has turned up the heat for the Toronto Blue Jays in spring training.

After a solid 2011 season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats, he continued to excel in Triple-A Las Vegas in 2012. That earned him a call up to the major leagues when Jose Bautista suffered an injury that kept him out.

Gose filled Bautista's shoes well and consistently proved himself, as he has continued to do early in this 2013 spring training season.

In a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers, Gose played in left field and chased down a fly ball by catching it over his shoulder—making the play appear to be simple.

He is known for his base-running speed, keeping pitchers alert on the mound in anticipation of his impending stolen base.

In just a short time early in this 2013 spring training, Gose has three hits, one triple, one stolen base, walked twice and has struck out three times. He has a batting average of .375 in eight at-bats in four games played.

Spring training still has a few weeks to go, but Gose is playing strong and is clearly focused. He appears to have worked hard during the offseason and has sharpened his skills.

Two years ago, he seemed to be over-anxious at the plate, which led him to strike out more often. Working with batting coaches and having some MLB experience may have helped him to build patience at the plate and refine his skills. Gose appears to be more relaxed and confident.

He has a great deal of work to do to earn his spot in the show, but I believe that we can expect to see Gose further develop and potentially have a breakout season.