While Brett Wallace continues to bide his time in Oklahoma City, the man he was traded for is headed to the big leagues. Anthony Gose has been called up by the Toronto Blue Jays to replace injured slugger Jose Bautista. Gose will be on the bench for tonight’s game against C.C. Sabathia and the Yankees. A left-handed hitter, Gose will presumably be patrolling the outfield when the Jays are matched up against right-handed pitching (or left-handers not named Sabathia). Bautista was placed on the 15 day disabled list after suffering a wrist injury Monday night against the Yankees.
Gose was an Astro, but only briefly, coming over in the Roy Oswalt deal in 2010. The speedster was then flipped to the Blue Jays for Brett Wallace before ever getting a chance to don the Astros colors.
Gose makes his big league debut at the tender age of 21 after hitting .292/.375/.432 with 29 stolen bases at AAA Las Vegas this year. Gose is a natural center-fielder and showed off his defensive prowess with a sweet diving catch at last week’s futures game in Kansas City.
Can the youngster play well enough to stick around with the Jays after Bautista returns? Only time will tell, but I wouldn’t bet against him. Brett Wallace is probably calling Jeff Luhnow’s cell phone begging for a chance to prove himself as well.