Detroit Tigers: Former outfielder Anthony Gose making noise as a pitcher

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The Detroit Tigers have had plenty of former players move on to new teams and find success. Including some players who may have struggled with the Tigers franchise but have since revived a career in other spots, not even as big impact players, but even role players.

The latest of former Detroit Tigers to move on and find a way to make it back to the big leagues is likely to be Anthony Gose. There is a catch here, though; Gose is not an outfielder anymore as he was when he played for the Tigers.

Gose has transitioned his career from the outfield to the mound, becoming a pitcher who is now within Cleveland’s organization.  The Tigers cut ties with Gose after the 2016 season, and he has since caught on with several teams like the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers.

Ultimately, he has been working through the minor leagues as a pitcher, and there is a buzz around Gose. The speculation is that Gose might be able to crack the big league roster at some point in the 2021 season for Cleveland.

Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Anthony Gose might find himself on a big-league mound in 2021.

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Cleveland, who has dropped the Indians moniker, has been working through Spring Training in Arizona, prepping for the 2021 season.

Gose has reportedly appeared that he could be an effective reliever, making strides.

So far in Spring Training, Gose has logged three innings pitched where he has allowed just two hits and struck out four opposing hitters. He features a 0.00 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP for Cleveland through his limited Spring Training appearances.

He has not pitched in a big-league ballgame or even a Triple-A ballgame, but his numbers have been good. In 2019-20 down in the Puerto Rico Winter League, Gose pitched in nine games, totaling 9.2 innings pitched where he had a 1.86 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, striking out 13 opposing hitters, allowing eight hits, and walking just three.

He followed that up during the 2020-21 season in the Dominican Winter League, where he pitched in ten games, allowing just five hits, striking out 10 opposing hitters, and walking just three. He featured a 0.90 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP during this time.

Basically, Cleveland could be very likely to keep Gose around and possibly even promote him to the big leagues for a shot to stick in the bullpen. While this does sound a little farfetched for the former outfielder, it is not impossible.

Gose worked the past few years to really iron things out on the mound, and frankly, the numbers support it. The question is if he could be a sustainable arm in the big leagues against other MLB talent on a long-term basis.

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For those interested, keep an eye on Cleveland to see where Gose ends after Spring Training.