Gose, Hechavarria impress with their defense

Gose, Hechavarria impress with their defense

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- One of the early storylines from Blue Jays camp has been the development of top prospects Anthony Gose and Adeiny Hechavarria.

The two players aren't expected to play in the Major Leagues this season, but they have been impressing the organization with their abilities on the field.

Gose and Hechavarria both need to mature at the plate before they can take the next step, but Blue Jays manager John Farrell thinks their defense is already big league caliber.

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"Defensively, one could say that you could live with those two types of athletes up the middle," Farrell said. "Well above-average range, well above-average throwing arms. They are premium prospects.

"With a position player you have to be careful of them getting over-exposed. You want to make sure you err on the side of caution when they're ready to arrive [in the Majors]. But when you look at their overall tools, they are as good as you're going to find in the game."

In high school, Gose reportedly was clocked throwing fastballs in the mid-to-high-90s. He has carried that ability into his work in center field where he possesses a well above-average arm and impressive range.

On the infield, Hechavarria has displayed a dramatic flare with an ability to make acrobatic throws across the diamond.

"What's impressive is the amount of range and the efficiency to his movements," Farrell said. "On a ground ball, you typically see a guy set his feet and get his momentum headed in the direction of his target -- in this case, the throw to first base.

"Seemingly he's just redirecting the ball even on a routine ground ball, but it lends to his arm strength and how good of an arm he has. That's not to be flashy, or to say his internal clock is really speeding up on him, it's just the way he is. His athleticism, his hands and the overall strength is really a rare combination."