Phillies Prospect #27: Anthony Gose

Anthony Gose had his mother's voice whispering "college" in his ear, but the Phillies were able to satisfy both Gose and his Mom after they drafted him in the second round of the 2008 Draft.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 2008 Draft.
Bats: L   Throws: L
Height: 6' 1"   Weight: 190 lbs.
Birth Date: August 10, 1990
2008 Team(s): Gulf Coast League Phillies
Positions/Games: CF (9), RF (1)
School: Bellflower High School (California)

Before Anthony Gose would sign with the Phillies after the 2008 Draft, the Phillies had to not only satisfy him, they had to satisfy his mom. Malinda Gose wasn't going to back down on her son attending college, even though she understood that an injury could knock out his dreams of playing in the pros. While she was sympathetic to the concerns of her son and didn't want him to lose this opportunity, she couldn't stop thinking about having her son attend college. The Phillies came through with a nice contract for Gose and put in a college payment clause so he can attend college - at their expense - if his baseball career doesn't pan out.

With that done, the Phillies were able to lock up Gose, a young player with plenty of tools and potential, who they were happy to get in the second round of the 2008 Draft.

Category Anthony Gose GCL Averages
AB/2B 13.00 20.55
AB/3B 39.00 121.22
AB/HR NA 80.81
AB/RBI 13.00 8.37
AB/R 9.75 7.17
AB/BB 39.00 10.13
AB/KO 3.25 4.38
AVG .256 .253
OBP .293 .331
SLG .359 .356
Categories with numbers in white show areas where Gose outperferformed the average player in the Gulf Coast League during the 2008 season. Categories with numbers in black show areas where he was below the league average. Keep in mind that Gose's numbers provide a very small sample size for comparison.

Batting and Power: With a lot of high school players, their offense is the last part of their game that develops and while he wasn't overmatched in the Gulf Coast League last summer, there is no doubt that he didn't show all of what he'll be able to do offensively. In fact, the Phillies believe that when all is said and done, it will be his offensive game that most people will remember about Anthony Gose. They also believe that he'll develop into at least an average power hitter and possibly even better.

Baserunning and Speed: Gose ran track in high school and stole three bases in just 11 games with the GCL Phillies last summer. His speed is obviously well above average and he uses it well both on the bases and in center field. His base stealing skills will develop and he should become a high success rate type base stealer as he continues to learn the nuances of the game and stealing bases.

Defense: Anthony Gose has well above average defensive skills and there is no doubt that he can handle playing center field at every level. He's also blessed with a strong, accurate arm that has already developed enough that Phillies scouts believe his throwing is already ready for the majors. Gose played both center field and was a pitcher on his high school team and even though he does have an impressive arm and was strong on the mound as a high schooler, the Phillies are going to keep him in center field to take advantage of his all-around tools.

Projection: The Phillies are already impressed with Gose and are looking forward to watching him progress as he works his way through the system. In Gose, the Phillies believe that they have a player with the potential to be an all-star caliber major league center fielder. The thing to understand is that it may take Gose a little while to develop and there could be some hurdles that will be difficult for him to make it past and will take some time. In other words, patience is the key. With some good outfield prospects coming through the system, there is no need to push Gose faster than they need to. They have already shown that patience when they brought him into extended camp and left him there for part of the summer before sending him into Gulf Coast League play. The delay also allowed him to fully cover from shoulder tendonitis that bothered him in his senior season.

Comparison: Anthony Gose isn't from Hawaii, but he could be the next Shane Victorino to hit the majors. Actually, the Phillies believe that if you look at Victorino's 2007 season (12 HR, .281, 37 SB), you could be seeing an early vision of Anthony Gose. Of course, a lot has to go right for Gose between now and then, so keep in mind that things can change quickly. Early on though, the Phillies believe that Gose was a quality pick up and they're very happy with how they see Gose fitting into their system.

Anthony Gose's career stats

2008 GCL 0 3 .256 11 39 4 10 2 1 3 75% 1 12 .293 .359

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