So Anthony Gose is only on this list because we haven’t seen him play before, well, okay that is a bit of a generalization. Yet if you are a big Detroit Tigers fans and really only watch them, there is a good chance you never saw this kid play before. He was a Toronto Blue Jay before he found his way a little south to Detroit.
One thing to really watch with Gose this spring is if he can hit the ball. Defensively Gose is a great player. He can get to the ball and do it very quickly. Gose will more than likely see the most time out in centerfield, because he is a better defender than Rajai Davis. Yet the question with him sits in his bat.
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Ausmus will want to put him at the top of the batting order because of his speed, but that means very little if his bat can’t get him on the bases. So look at his on base percentage this spring and see if he is getting on more often. Also watch him in the field because his speed it’s just fun to watch while he is out there.
Let me also just point out that spring training numbers should be taken lightly. Sometimes they are reliable, but sometimes they aren’t. Early numbers more than likely won’t be super big indicators of anything because guys are playing a short amount of innings. So if you want to focus heavily on stats, focus on late spring stats. However that doesn’t mean they can’t be looked at. Watching games or recaps of games is also helpful because then you are actually seeing the players.
Mostly, just enjoy spring training, it is a fun time of the year where your team can’t stress you out because they really aren’t playing for anything, they just get to go out there and play, so enjoy spring training. Stay connected with Detroit Jock City for all your Detroit Tigers news as the regular season creeps closer.