78 thoughts on “Scouting video/report on Anthony Gose

  1. I don’t know much about properly swinging a bat, but his swing looks awkward. Didn’t look like he got his arms extended on any of those swings.

  2. I’d like to see him move up a bit in the box, but it looks solid to me.

  3. A couple of observations:
    -maybe he should wear batting gloves instead of having to put put dirt on them after every pitch
    -he does have quick hands
    -on the first pitch he slowed his hands down after the point of contact
    -uses his lower body well to generate some power

  4. Artist Formerly Known: Have you ever seen him play? What did you think? Heard you went out to the lakewood game this year.

  5. I’ll say two things, he’s not lacking style, the way he get’s his has dirty before each pitch and putting his left hand bellow his right and then going back to putting on top. The thing is that it would be fun mocking him when playing wiffle ball.

  6. I was really impressed. It was the game he broke the stolen base record so that was pretty awesome. Also, he led off the game with a oppo bomb to left field that hit so hard off the wall that it bounced right back to the left fielder who made a decent throw to third, but Gose was so fast that he beat it out easily. It was unbelievably impressive for a guy to get a triple on a ball like that.

    He got a base hit in the 9th when they were down 2, and ended up getting D’Arnaud up with two on but I believe he struck out. The other balls he hit on the day (I think he was 2-5) were ground balls that just barely beat him to first base.
    Obviously he has work to do but he’s got some pop, he’s super young, and that game-changing speed will make a difference once his bat catches up to his legs. I believe it will, and he’ll be a really good leadoff man in a few years.

  7. i always pictured gose as the tall skinny lanky type, but it looks like has a compact body with powerful legs. Swing doesnt look terrible.

  8. Don’t forget his original upside was as a lefthanded pitcher throwing up to 97 mph. That was what got me excited when they drafted him. A Lefty coming out of the pen in the 8th throwing 97..You can’t find those type of arms every day. Problem is that he doesnt want to pitch. I was hoping that he would fail as an everyday type player so that he would fully commit to pitching. Lets see how it plays out

  9. For a short, one at bat video, there is a lot to like if you ask me:
    – Great balance in his stance.
    – Thicker build than I expected (I envisioned a Bourne-type hitter). I think him developing the power tool is very possible.
    – And he took a few pitches before swinging the bat.

  10. That was great to see. In build, definitely more like Ricky Henderson or Jimyy Rollins than Bourn or Wily Taveras. If he’s that fast and is put together like that at age 19, he could definitely develop legitimate power. Just like that, my thinking of him has changed. More proof that valid projections are based on an interesting combination of statistics and observation. But I like what I see (though, frankly, I’d preferred to have seen him throwing 97 MPH).

  11. Hard to tell from just that angle what type of swing he has. Would prefer to see him from behind the pitcher. From the last swing looks like he does a good job to keep his hands inside the ball we’ll see. he’s been very productive thus far.

  12. ive seen Gose play 3 times in person when the Claws played in Charleston, SC. Needless to say I was left non-plussed. Other than the fact he is fast and doesn’t use batting gloves absolutely nothing else stood out. If he wasnt fast he wouldnt even sniff being a prospect.

  13. There were a few very toolsy OF in the “Sally” this year and Gose was the best of the bunch. He definitely has some power projection and his speed, athleticism, and outfield range are elite.

    A commenter on my blog made a great observation about his swing and asked if he had trouble catching up to good fastballs. In fact, he did have trouble catching up to balls up in the zone.

    The exciting thing about Gose is he’s nowhere near a polished product. He’s still learning the game and I trust his swing mechanics will become more compact with time which will free his hands and increase his bat control.

    I would bet Gose breaks into the top 100 next season and doesn’t look back. He and Travis D’Arnaud were two of the five most impressive “Sally” prospects I saw in person this season.

    If you enjoyed the video, be on the look out for a full scouting report on Gose, along with prospect video and scouting reports for both Matthew Way and Travis D’Arnaud. As for lesser Phillies prospects, Travis Mattair and Heitor Correia will also be featured at some point.

  14. ****If he wasnt fast he wouldnt even sniff being a prospect.****

    Well, he still has that 97 mph fastball as a lefty to fall back on. Its disingenious to say he wouldn’t be a prospect without his legs. He’s probably the fastest guy in the organization and he’s got a cannon for an arm. That’s 2 tools right there. Hopefully the others develop too.

  15. ***If he wasn’t fast he wouldn’t even sniff being a prospect.***

    that could be one of the dumbest statements i have read yet on this blog. that’s like saying if ryan howard didn’t have the power tool he wouldn’t be a major league player. position players are graded on 5 key tools. these tools have been around for a while for a reason. because a player that is elite in any of the 5 tools can impact a game. speed is one of the 5 key tools. ignoring it because you don’t think that it is important is just silly.

    also, the kid is friggin 18 years old for crying out loud. cut him some slack. he more than held his own with the bat in A ball. give him a little time before you write him off. uggh…Philly fans are unbelievable.

  16. “that’s like saying if ryan howard didn’t have the power tool he wouldn’t be a major league player. ”

    Honestly, if Ryan Howard couldn’t hit for power WOULD he be in the majors? I doubt it. But more to the point, I think it speaks to the difficulty of evaluating prospects. I watch over 40 minor league games a year. I saw Yankees prospect Austin Jackson play as much as any sane person should and I still really don’t have a good read on him. When I go to Williamsport and watch the new guys, I usually can’t tell at first glance who the true prospects are.

  17. Mr Gose begins his set up with his head at one level and during his load and address his head comes down I would estimate some 6 or more inches, which changes the eye level to the pitched ball. If the drop occurs before the release of the ball from the pitchers hand then no big deal, but if it is occuring during the flight of the ball it can diminish ones ablity to track efficiently. A stance where the head stays relatively motionless or quiet allows for the best tracking.

  18. Alan – no disrespect, but you can’t tell because you are a fan and not a trained talent evaluator. you shouldn’t be offended, because i am the same as you.

    actually, the guy below you “anonymous” had the most intelligent comment on this string. that sounds to me like a very valid explanation of some of his strike out concerns. if true, it actually makes his positives that much more remarkable. it is also something that can easily be fixed. stuff like that is why you don’t judge an 18 year old.

  19. ****When I go to Williamsport and watch the new guys, I usually can’t tell at first glance who the true prospects are.****

    The only guy at that level that I’ve ever watched and said “Wow, he’s a prospect” was Travis D’Arnaud….and I tend to see a good number of SS A games. Another guy in the minors that stood out to be at the time was Adam Lind in AA when I saw him. I saw a couple of his games as a NH Fisher Cat and was blown back by him at the plate. It was like watching a man among boys. Its usually really hard to pick guys out at that level.

    Gose as an 18 year old in Lakewood (when most 18 year olds are in Rookie ball or SS Single A at best) was quite impressive. He will have to refine his approach at the plate once he starts facing better pitchers but he’s still a very legit prospect.

  20. Trust me kids, Gose won’t make it to 3a. I wish he would, but he wont.

    His speed alone will get him to Triple-A at some point, even if the bat never improves.

    And I wouldn’t exactly write him off as a hitter at this point. As others have said, he held his own as an 18-year old in the SAL. He has a lot of work to do on pitch recognition and plate discipline, but — again — he’ll only be 19 next year. He has plenty of time to put it together. Not saying he definitely will, but asserting that he definitely won’t is just stupid.

  21. I’ve seen enough bad players in AAA to think that Anthony Gose should at least rise that far. His hitting isn’t outstanding, but for his age and level it is certainly adequate. Back in 2000, an 18 year old Cleveland shortstop slugged .309 over a full season in the Sally League. Now Jhonny Peralta cracks 20 home runs in a good MLB season.

  22. ***Trust me kids, Gose won’t make it to 3a. I wish he would, but he wont.***

    ok. i trust you. you clearly seem to know what you are talking about based on all of your fact based comments. let’s cut him now. start a petition to cut him and i will sign it.

    while we are at it, any other 18 year old highly athletic prospects with a tool so elite that he lead the entire minor leagues in a category, that we should cut along with Gose?

  23. That Dude what is the winning lottery number tonight???? Give me a break, he was 18 in Low A and is already plus defensively. Do me a favor and save the predictions for someone who cares.

  24. the anthony gose,s of the world grow on trees. as for d. brown i noticed a little bow-wow in him was i wrong? since the ultra rich phils seem to be crying poor again i guess the one guy who would probably gaurantee a ws championship, halliday, is only for the big boys. oh, i thought we were one of the big boys. without making a move for a quality starter drabek BETTER be ready. also mike gonzalez would look nice but not a mention of him, so mathieson better be ready. phils feel free to increase ticket prices i,ll pay to get halliday. but its not as if they cannot afford a 150mil payroll. sorry but i dont like rubes approach this year. keep feliz, sign derosa, sign m. gonzalez, AND TRADE BROWN, DRABEK, AND HAPP FOR HALLIDAY.

  25. Excellent write up by Mike (is he a scout, or affiliated with baseball somehow. He’s quite astute in his observations)

    I certainly am really excited about Gose. The Phillies really need to get him some time with Davy Lopes – if he can learn how to read pitchers, time his jumps, etc, Gose will be even more frightening

    – Jeff

  26. I know this site is a bunch of folks sharing their opinions (which makes it fun) but the reality is most of us haven’t seen these guys, and if we have, it’s a few games. So I can’t figure if the comments from someone like “Dude” are just meant to be argumentative or if, sadly, he really believes what he says. Now whether Gose ends up Carl Crawford or not we won’t know for a awhile but the kid was ranked 6th by BA in our top ten, 13th overall in the Sally league, the fastest and best baserunner, best defensive outfielder, and most exciting player in the Sally, and Mike, who definitely has seen him and seems to know what he’s talking about, as a potential Top 100 player next year. And this guy doesn’t think he’ll make it to Triple A?

    Again, all for the opinions, but come on now…

  27. John, the ranting about Halladay and not being the big boys is probably best saved for a non-prospect website, but I did want to address your one point…

    the anthony gose,s of the world grow on trees.

    Guys with a 70 arm and 70 speed do not grow on trees.

  28. I wonder if the Phils give Gose a little face time with Lopes in ST. A couple of pointers from Lopes could be a big difference with the kid. Maybe shave 10 CSs off. Just that alone not trying to increase his work load will be a big improvement. One would think that OBP will rise with improved batting mechanics so they SBs could raise on their own. Here’s hoping the kid stays healthy.

  29. I do find it interesting that this time last year the bulk of the Anthony Gose conversations centered around switching him back to pitcher. I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be staying in the outfield for awhile.

    – Jeff

  30. Very nice write-up. If he has the desire to get better he almost certainly will.
    I still expect to see him in Philly in 2013.

    “Dude” can provoke all he wants. Nobody will remember.
    When he’s proven wrong he won’t be around to remind us either.

  31. Great write up – wow. I don’t think we’re going to be hurting for outfielders in the next 5 or 6 years.

  32. Get some top hand in that swing Ant!

    The scout mentions a bit of a long swing, but I don’t think his swing is THAT long for a young kid still adjusting to the wood bats. He is obviously raw, has a slight drift in his front hip which is keeping him from them getting really unlocked.

    Strength with help those issues. Will allow him to get just a little quicker to the ball, which can allow him to sit just sligthly more on his back leg, cut out the drift and get a better weight transfet

  33. Looking at his small sample career stats, it’s encouraging that he has actually fared a bit better vs LHP than RHP so far. Some BABIP help vs LHP, but he has better walk and strikeout rates against them, which you wouldn’t expect

  34. pf halliday is disscussed in the context of our minor league system since the value judgement is who is more important the best pitcher arguably in bb or 3 minor leagers. as for gose,s scouting report i would say that a 70 arm and 70 speed are far more common than not. its the , and im guessing the 30 contact and 30 power that ive seen a million times. just a guess but if he goes as far as golson i,d be surprised. a perfect whitey herzog player.

  35. btw pf i,m actually not ranting. im very relaxed enjoying a beautiful day. only 9 weeks to pitchers and catchers.

  36. He is raw, but those are better results than we could have reasonably expected for such a young kid in a full-season league. He is not just tools, there is some production there also. Still a 50-50 thing, but he may have a very bright future.

  37. That scouting report was a great read. Carl Crawford redux is some of the highest praise you could give a young center fielder.

  38. A 70 arm and 70 speed are not all that common. Go back and read PP’s Q&A with Kevin Goldstein last year, where he says that Golson and Ichiro are the only prospects he could think of (at that time) with that combination of tools. Maybe you can add someone like Aaron Hicks, but the list is certainly short.

    And just to address the Halladay thing quickly: the issue isn’t nearly as simple as you’re framing it. You have to weigh the value of two things against each other: (1) one year of Roy Halladay at $15.75 million in salary; or (2) 17 cost-controlled years of Happ, Taylor and Gose (assuming arguendo that that’s the package).

  39. Oh, and John, since you brought up the Gose/Golson comparison, I thought it would be interesting to compare the numbers. Here are their respective performances from their first full season in Lakewood…

    Golson (Age 19): .264/.322/.389 — 4 HR — .125 ISO — 6.5% BB — 28.3% K — 25 SB (73%)

    Gose (Age 18): .259/.323/.353 — 2 HR — .094 ISO — 6.4% BB — 21.6% K — 76 SB (79%)

    Golson has more raw power (the gap is greater than the 30 point isolated power difference would indicate), but he couples that with much more swing and miss. At a younger age, Gose showed better plate coverage and better base running instincts. And while we have no idea what he’ll do next year, I doubt it will be worse than what Golson did when he repeated Lakewood…

    Golson (Age 20): .220/.258/.333 — 7 HR — .114 ISO — 4.7% BB — 27.6% K — 23 SB (77%)

    Granted, toolsy guys can have the light go on at any minute, so stats certainly aren’t the be all, end all for these guys. But at a younger age, Gose has outperformed Golson, so I wouldn’t be too surprised if Gose goes as far as (or further than) Golson if I were you.

  40. Was Golson considered a plus good defensive prospect and was he a centerfielder or expected to be a corner outfielder? Sorry about not searching, but I thought it woudl be simpler to just ask since everyone on this board is quite fiendly.

    I’ve always thought comparisons of a minor leaguer to past players kind of silly, since its just a projection and is way to volatile to be reliable. Gose is a perfect example, one guys sees a future Carl Crawfort type (pretty outstanding comp) and another guy sees a Golson comp (which would be a let down to say the least). The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding, so we’ll need to sit back and watch the kid play another year or thee to really get a feel for him.

  41. A guy with Gose’s speed and arm will make it to the majors. Worst case scenario is that he is Carlos Gomez, a centerfielder who swings at everything, posts an OB% around .300, and steals tons of bases. There’s value there. Not value in terms of a 5 tool all around star like Brown could be, but that’s Gose’s floor.

  42. Guys, I am not trying to provoke. I watched this kid in person for 3 games. Granted a small sample size, but eve the guy in this link (what r his qualifications exactly?) says he is “high risk-high reward” although he doesn’t doubt he will be Carl Crawford like in 4 years. I mean, c’mon, who is more guilty of hyperbole here? Listen, I would love AG to be the next Crawford, I’m just saying that I don’t see it. Ive been an avid watcher of minor league baseball for over 20 years.

  43. I think most people are excited because of the numbers he put up/skills he exhibited while being in a league dominated by people 2 year his senior.

  44. That Dude: everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I give you credit for being one of the few here who have actually seen him play.

    I think you generally agree with the prevailing wisdom regarding Gose: his raw tools are impressive, but he has a lot of work to do if he’s ever going to make it as an MLB player. What grates on people is that you seem to be playing an extreme version of devil’s advocate — implying that there’s absolutely no chance Gose makes those necessary adjustments. He very well may wind up failing in the end, but simply assuming that he won’t make adjustments is a dubious proposition with regard to a 19-year old.

  45. Friar: appreciate the comments….I would say the HUGE odds remain that he won’t be an MLB player. Being the devil’s advocate would mean taking the opposite view. As to skills, I dont see any other than speed. Can he improve? Sure…but not w/o batting gloves (just kidding)

  46. Gose will be a steady contributor at AA, possibly AAA.

    Now, will Gose be a steady guy at the MLB-level? I’ll take a shot in the dark and say no.

    I know I’m biased (for those who know my ties to the system), but I don’t see Gose and his skills equating to a premiere or even a middle-of-the-road guy.

    Can he be successful at the MLB-level? Sure. But he’s got a long way to go. His blend of a plus arm and speed will certainly be intruiging in the next few years.

  47. Gose is the perfect toolsy pick. He wasn’t picked in the first round. And he can always try pitching if the outfield thing doesn’t work. But I agree with phuturephils: He will be a plus defender and top notch base stealer. If he can just eek out some dribblers in the infield and beat them out, he will be an asset.

    Look at the fast players on the big club. I’ve never seen so many fast guys who almost never get infield hits. Gose needs to get his swing straightened out, then he needs to work on bunting and going the other way simply making contact, and he’ll be a major asset to the big league club in the future.

  48. So Gose will likely be 19 and in A+ next year. Lets see what he does there.

    Carlos Gomez as a floor? Hell, I’ll take that.

  49. agree with nepp , if gose ever reaches gomez’ level thats tradable success. my two least favorite cliches “toolshed or toolsy” and playing with house money. to move on imo the most important decision is who will be a better mlb’er taylor or brown. ive only seen each of them a limited number of times, i’ll take taylor. has anyone who has seen brown noticed a somewhat less than 100% effort in some instances? with taylor i see all out effort all the time. just wondering.

  50. Reading all the comments here have been great. To answer a couple of questions….

    1. I did not say Gose WOULD be a Carl Crawford. I said I would not be surprised if he became a similar player. This season, I was able to see the 3 toolsiest CF’s in the league in Xavier Avery, Jay Austin, and Gose. Gose was the best player in terms of both present ability and projection by quite a bit. As I said in the piece, I rarely make projections and do NOT take them lightly.

    2. As for my qualifications, I played baseball in the SEC for a short while before transferring for immediate playing time. ( I was not patient in my youth). I’ve played with a number of current and former major leaguers including Scott Downs, Henry Owens, David Pember, Jason Grabowski, and against a number of others including Pat Burrell, Jason Michaels, Lance Niekro, and more.

    I was a 3-time all-conference player on JUCO and nationally ranked DII teams and probably would have played a little pro ball had I not partially torn my ulnar ligament in my elbow. As a catcher, I always focused on the little things and I think that has been what has helped me when it comes to looking at talent.

    After finishing my college career, I worked in professional baseball for the Tennessee Smokies of the Southern League as a P.A. announcer and media relations intern.

    I was working in baseball, but not close enough to the game so I returned to Florida (where I played) to coach and teach while starting a side business helping “C” level high school athletes in Florida earn scholarships to schools in other parts of the country.

    After a couple of seasons doing that, I took a job working for a now defunct showcase company as a Director of Southeast Operations where I had the opportunity to meet a number of college coaches and professional scouts. After the company went under, I continued to help a number of small schools scout and recruit talent in South Florida until getting married and having kids.

    Now that Savannah’s stadium is a 2 minute drive, I wanted to start my blog because I simply did not see any league-centered blogs out there and the “Sally” is always FULL of top 100 talent.

    Overall, I’d say at least 25-28 of my 32 years on this earth have been spent living and breathing the game of baseball.

    I hope this gives you all some insight. Thanks for enjoying the piece!

  51. Great piece Mike.

    That made me even more excited about Gose. At the very least his baserunning and route running seem fixable with time giving him three plus tools.

  52. To Mike Newman
    I know we all appreciate the obvious devotion to the game, even if you may end up being wrong about some things, as all of us are occaisionally (my yearly moment of being wrong was in February…hah hah).
    Gose has abilities that can not be learned (arm and speed). Other things, like hitting for average and power can be developed. Whether they are or not depends on the physical maturity (growth, no injuries) and players mental accumen; their ability to process information and translate it to “doing”. You have guys who are dumb as a box of rocks but are baseball savants.
    I have never seen Gose play, but you do get a good feeling about him. The fact that the Phillies have 5 or 6 uber toolsy lower minors guys in the outfield means that one or two are likely to hit it big, two are likely to be good / ok and two are likely to never “get” it. Everything, including baseball has a math to it. The more prospects you have the better the chances someone will succeed (hopefully with the Phillies).

  53. i would’nt call any prospect a supreme athelete. and yes very atheletic players can appear to be giving less than 100% but that is not what i saw.

  54. I’ve seen both Brown and Taylor at Reading and Taylor at Lehigh Valley. Only saw Brown in 3 games. I did not think there was any problem with his level of effort. No signs at all that he was dogging it.

    On fans’ reactions, including my own, in evaluating players by watching the minor league games — it is easy to forget to give an appropriate age compensation benefit to players who are young for their league. Taylor certainly looked superior to Brown, but then he is 2 years older and if they are roughly equivalent prospects, then he certainly should look better. Both are lean, strong, athletic, big, and fast athletes. Brown has more left to learn on his fielding routes and on hitting off-speed stuff than Taylor does. That is not surprising, since he hasn’t seen as much quality pitching.

    Both of these guys are young. I watched Howard in about a dozen games at Reading and the progress from start of season to when he was promoted to AAA in his ability to handle the off-speed stuff was dramatic. Howard was 24 at the time, compared to 23 for Taylor and 21 for Brown. Brown has plenty of time.

  55. It seems to me sometimes we underestimate the significance of hard work. Not to become too sociological, but I think it maybe largely cultural over the past couple of generations.

    The great nerd, Malcolm Gladwell makes this point in “Outliers” the biggest difference between different levels of musicians is how hard they work not a natural ability (although their obviously needs to be a minimum of the latter). The number he develops is 10, 000 hours to master a skill and that (or even more work/experience) is what separates the good from the great.

    The point for the Phillies is that Howard and Utley are who they are because they work really hard (most MLBers did not go to Spring Training early to work on their defense like Howard did). Gose, Hewitt, Collier, Brown, Taylor, ect. all have the talent to be top level MLBers. I would imagine that if those guys work as hard as Utley and Howard, then they should all be solid to better MLBers. Unfortunately, that degree of work ethic is extremely rare. In addition, it means that Gose’s youth may be its most relevant now where he is giving up 1-2 years (possibly 2,000 – 4,000 hrs) of experience to those whom he is being compared to.

    As a type of case study, does anyone who has been following Minor League Baseball know if there was a consensus on the difference in work ethic between Carlos Gomez and Carl Crawford? Or is there a consensus for the work ethic of any of Phillies prospects?

  56. Pete,

    Great observations! Make up is a VERY important part of how a prospect is perceived. Anybody worth their salt notices the little extras a player does on and off the field to show fantastic work ethic.

    For example, I saw Rays prospect Tim Beckham strike out badly in the first inning of a game vs. Savannah. Instead of pouting, he was right down the left field line warming out the outfielder as he DH’d during the game. It was a small thing, and most people in the stand didn’t notice, but it was a moment where Beckham showed he was a professional and not simply a big bonus prima.

    On the other hand, some of the harshest words towards my work was after I spent two games watching Phillies pitching prospects text on their cell phones when lakewood was in town. When I sit a few rows behind both the Mets and Phillies prospects with charting duties and see the Mets players acting ultra-professional while the Phil players could be mistaken for middle school students, it leaves a negative impression.

  57. watching the video on gose, to me he right now is a what i call a feeling hitter. He is nowhere near what i believe he will become he is feeling for the ball and a little off stride, but with time i think he will learn, the bat speed is there its just the patience part of hitting through the zone. that he needs to work on, there is a chance he may never get it but with that speed he has a chance to play someday as if only a good defense play with top speed like a young bourn

  58. ****is john.ne a troll or is he that thick headed? Can’t tell.****

    He’s not a troll. He’s a legit Phillies fan who just has very set opinions on the matter. He makes good comments occasionally though it is sometimes lost in his lack of grammar. He’s very old-school in some of his opinions on what is other wise a very Sabrmetric board.

    At worst, Gose can always switch back to pitching if he doesn’t pan out as a hitter.

  59. am i the only one who thinks this debate is ridiculous? the kid is 18 years old! let’s give him a few years before we make a determination on his future. he had a fine year. showed some elite tools in the outfield and on the base path. that is undeniable. he is also very raw. everyone recognizes that too. whether he makes it or not will be determined by his work ethic. let’s see what happens next year, when he is only 19.

  60. John.ne isn’t a troll, he’s not really thick headed, just very, very stubborn and once he has an opinion its pretty well set.

  61. Nepp
    If everyone had the same view what would be the point of the board. God knows I would be gone. In the beginning of the year I said they should move Knapp up and limit his inning.
    Everyone jumped on me like swimsuit model. In the long run I believe I was proved right, along with some other points.
    Someone once said “let me be me”. Let John be John.

    Gose + Lopes + 3 years = a scary top of the order guy.

  62. Gose+learning to take a walk every once in a while+lopes=really scary top of the order guy

    without the walks, he’s not gonna make it at the top of the order.

  63. thanks for the comments guys, occasionlly i do indulge in run-on sentences. maybe soren a newcomer? will know bb someday instead of oprah winfrey comments. btw mike newman your a lucky man and thats not discounting your hard work. also ,just a feeling, but i think nepps best call will be travis d’arnaud in the long run. does anyone still want alex gordon? i vote yea. i see taylor, brown, drabek, mathieson, d’arnaud , as the only upper level prospects making any mlb contributions. with brown being traded. guys like gose, collier savery flande, etc. having careers elsewhere. the lower levels however look very promising. colvin, way, valle and barnes. cant forget ND.

  64. Watched a bunch of R-Phils game this past year and while I was impressed with Gose’s natural ability, don’t understand the hype about his defensive prowess. He has ridiculous range due to his natural speed and a strong arm. He doesn’t have a natural talent though for judging balls off the bat especially balls that are hit deep.

    He also tries to do too much defensively at times. Several times this year while watching him he tried to make a “highlight” play with his range/arm instead of doing the fundamentally correct thing to do. He has a strong arm but too often he tries to rifle it over the cut-off man’s head even if it is the correct play to do because he has a very low chance of throwing a runner at home & it doesn’t allow a runner to advance to 2B/3B. Got chewed out for this 1-2 by the R-Phils’ coaching staff as a result because it came back to cost them later in the inning.

    Same thing with diving for the ball. You don’t get charged with an error but he often tries to dive for balls that are hit shallowly. Some times he makes the spectular catch but more often than not he is sprawling on the ground where a savvy base runner can potentially advance.

    Gose making the big leagues is going to depend on how much he advances offensively but he has to learn to play within himself defensively a bit more too.

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