DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Blue Jays top outfield prospect Anthony Gose was
returned to Minor League camp following Saturday afternoon's game
against the Braves.
Gose, who is ranked the club's No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, will
begin the year as the starting center fielder in Triple-A Las Vegas.
The 21-year-old Gose finished the spring hitting .259 with two RBIs and
three stolen bases in parts of 18 games. Gose will now head
over to the Bobby Mattick Training Center where he will continue working
on developing his new approach at the plate.
"Last year was a year where we gave him some swing changes and felt like
we wanted him to focus on the swing changes, not worry about the
strikeouts, not worrying about bunting," Blue Jays assistant GM Tony
LaCava recently said. "We just turned him loose and let him go out there
and get as many plate appearances as we could and just worry about
hitting and getting his swing down.
"This year, the approach is to finish him off before he goes onto the
big leagues at some point, we need to finish him off and that would be
through a two-strike approach. If he puts some of those balls in play
that were strikeouts, then I think the numbers are really going to show."
Earlier in the day, the Blue Jays also returned right-handers Robert
Coello, Jesse Chavez and Drew Carpenter to Minor League camp. The moves
didn't come as a surprise considering all three pitchers were considered
long shots to make the Opening Day roster.
Toronto's bullpen appears relatively set with Sergio Santos, Francisco
Cordero, Casey Janssen, Darren Oliver, Jason Frasor, Carlos Villanueva
and Luis Perez.
Coello, Chavez and Carpenter likely will provide organizational depth
and should begin the season with Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Blue Jays now have 36 players remaining in the big league portion of