Anthony Gose completed his reverse-Rick Ankiel journey yesterday when he came in to pitch for the Cleveland Indians; it was his first game at the Major League level since 2016, when he was an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. Gose gave up hitting after that season, and has since dedicated himself to being a pitcher.
Now he’s throwing 100 MPH from the left side.
Earned. Not Given.
Gose had to work his ass off to get back to the big leagues. This is now the third organization he’s been with since he started this journey, which has seen him progress from High-A to Double-A to Triple-A to now the Majors. There were no shortcuts.
Gose’s main issue has been a lack of control, evidenced by his 88 walks in 98.2 Minor League innings. That kind of wildness would probably have sunk the careers of most pitchers. However, Gose has always had a few things going for him. Namely:
- He’s left-handed.
- He throws gas.
You develop yourself as a pitcher while you have those two weapons at your disposal, you’re gonna do alright for yourself. Gose pitched to a 3.55 ERA across 33 innings in Triple-A this season before getting the call up, striking out 49 in the process. He still misses the zone too often (28 free passes), but he’s learned to be effectively wild. Gose gave up just 20 hits in those 33 innings.
His promotion was well-deserved. This man has given us one of the most inspirational stories of the 2021 MLB season.
More to Come?
I think Gose is gonna be around for a little bit. Like I said, he seems to have learned how to mitigate the damage of his walks by missing bats and inducing soft contact. He also had an 0.69 ERA against lefties in Triple-A, so he’s valuable in the matchup game for Manager Terry Francona. I expect Anthony Gose to be on Cleveland’s 25-man roster next season.
At 31, who knows how much baseball Anthony Gose has left in him. But it’ll sure be fun to watch the former outfielder angrily chuck balls 100 MPH for the next few years.