Since being called up ahead of a July 17th game against the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays rookie outfielder Anthony Gose hasn’t exactly lit the world on fire. In fact, he’s collected outs in 74% of his plate appearances. That’s resulted in what’s known around the industry as an Omar Vizquelian on base percentage.
Making matters worse is his absolutely vacant power. In addition to non-existent isolated power numbers (because he has yet to garner an extra base hit in 31 plate appearances), the 21-year old, left-handed batter (and I use the term loosely) is slugging a minuscule .214. Combined with a .258 on base percentage, that’s good enough for a .472 OPS.
However, we take these numbers with a grain of salt, because on top of coming from a rather small sample size, Gose is young and without much of a reputation as a hitter. Despite these acceptable awful outcomes, General Manager Alex Anthopoulos has been impressed with Gose’s approach at the plate, according to a recent radio interview, as transcribed by the lovely and talented Andrew Stoeten, over at DJF.