Anthony Gose will be must-see for Indians fans.
The Cleveland Indians have elected to call up outfielder-turned-reliever Anthony Gose for the rest of the season. The call-up may be strictly for the rest of the season with no plans for anything beyond 2021 but Gose will have every opportunity to change that mindset.
Gose, 31, made his debut against the Kansas City Royals, going 1.2 innings, striking out one, walking one, giving up a single hit, and just one run. It wasn’t a bad debut at all things considering.
He faced seven batters in total and got two groundouts and three popouts in nearly two innings of work. If it wasn’t for some infield wonkery, it was very likely that Gose would’ve gotten out of the third without giving up a run.
The thing that makes Gose as exciting of a prospect as he is would be the 100 mile an hour fastball he currently wields; as a lefty. That type of velocity will be hard to manage at times but will be just as hard to keep up with.
Anthony Gose is already having a breakout season
Gose came up after spending a season with the RubberDucks and a season with the Clippers. His run with the Ducks wasn’t great but his season with the Clippers, up until his callup, was solid. He only put up a 3.55 ERA on the year. While that may not seem like it’s great on its own, he spent a season in the Puerto Rican Winter League and a season in the Dominican Winter League where he posted a 1.86 and a 0.90 ERA respectively.
He’s shown improvement with his accuracy. So much so that while pitching for Triple-A Columbus, he was selected by Team USA to pitch in the Olympics. Counting the qualifying games, Gose went 5.2 innings, with no runs, one walk, and striking out two. He was one of the key contributors to the team’s silver medal run.
The rest of the 2021 pro season is going to be talent evaluations for next year. Meaning Gose will get plenty of opportunities to show the world that he’s deserving of being a major league pitcher next season.
It’ll be interesting to see how the season ends for Gose, what his stats look like, and how he did against the best available hitters. If he can string together some good outings, he may find himself very much on the shortlist to be in the bullpen in 2022.