Thursday, July 29, 2010

Welcome Wagon: Anthony Gose

And we welcome 19-year old lefty CF Anthony Gose to the organization, a player in which the most-used adjective is "toolsy."

Gose was the Phillies' 2nd Round pick in the 2008 draft, and is currently in High-A Clearwater hitting .263/.325/.385, with 103K:32BB, and 36 stolen bases (in 63 attempts).

Let's look further at his 2010:

Unfortunately, his average is inflated by a .348 BABIP, and he's hitting groundballs 60% of the time. His OPS against RHP is .780, with a .280/.352/.428 slash line (and .248/.287/.326 against LHP). His XBH rate in 2010 is 29.0% (up from his 26.5% 2009 rate).

So. Not overly impressive, but we're put on notice by Baseball America's Ben Badler:
I don't like the deal for the Astros, but if you're just looking at stats for Villar and Gose, you're missing the boat.

Baseball America:
Gose led all minor leaguers with 76 stolen bases in 2009, when he batted .259/.323/.353 for low Class A Lakewood. While he remains an unfinished product with the bat, his speed, center-field defense and arm all draw raves from scouts—and even a few 70s on the scouting scale. His tools are apparent in his standing in the Florida State League. Gose ranks second in the circuit with 36 steals (one behind Jupiter's Kevin Mattison) and 15 outfield assists, while pacing all FSL batters with 67 runs scored and 11 triples. He employs a slashing hitting style that lends itself to below-average power, though he will occasionally sting one the other way. Gose's pitch recognition needs significant refinement if he's to profile as a true on-base-oriented leadoff batter. The Astros (and before them the Phillies) are betting that Gose's batting eye will improve, given his athleticism and baseball acumen.