Height/Weight: 6’1”, 190lbs
Hometown: Bellflower, CA
How Acquired: 2nd round pick in 2008 draft
There really is only one number here that stands out: 76 stolen bases. That number led the minor leagues, every team and every level, in 2009. What’s more impressive is that he did it as an 18-year old in Single-A. He is currently lacking in a couple other areas, most notably SLG% and walks, but he’s already a level or two ahead of most kids his age and has time to develop those areas.
Well, you know about the blazing fast part already. This makes him a terror on the base-paths, and a tremendous asset in CF, where he can cover as much ground as anyone in the minors.
Obviously it is the hitting part of it that needs a lot of work. According to scouting reports, he has some (correctable) problems with the mechanics of his swing and the Phillies’ coaches will continue to work with him on these as he gets older. Despite only hitting 2 HR’s this year, there are those that think once he grows into his body and corrects his swing, he might be able to hit 20+ HR’s a season. With his speed and defense, you don’t care about power though, you just want him to get on base, and refining his untrained eye will help in that regard.
His MLB projection can range anywhere from Michael Bourn (superfast singles hitter) to Carl Crawford (5-tool player and prototypical 1-2 hitter). There is no doubt that the talent is there, but he needs time. With Victorino signed through 2012, he has it.
Path to the Majors
Given his speed, it’s possible that Gose could be a called up as purely a pinch-runner for a playoff run in the next couples of years, but aside from that scenario, we probably won’t see him until 2013 at the earlier, when he would be Victorino’s replacement. The Phillies have several CF prospects, so if Gose regresses, he could get passed by one of them. He will likely remain in Lakewood to start the year, perhaps moving up to Clearwater this year, and the Reading by mid-2011. 2012 would be half Reading, half Lehigh Valley.
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