TORONTO -- Outfielder Anthony Gose is expected to make his first career start in left field on Wednesday night against the Mariners.
Gose has appeared in 34 games with the Blue Jays this season, with all of the starts coming in center or right field. The desire to take a look at Gose in left comes because Colby Rasmus and Jose Bautista have the other two positions locked down for the foreseeable future.
The 22-year-old Gose could enter next season with a shot at the starting job in left field, and if successful, would become a candidate to hit leadoff due to his plus speed on the basepaths.
"I think we all view him as a future leadoff hitter," manager John Farrell said. "As he is settling in here, and as he's working through his swing mechanics and the adjustments that he's undertaking, his skill set profiles in that slot. Certainly wouldn't discount it at this point."
Gose entered play on Tuesday night hitting .223 with a homer, two doubles and three triples while recording 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts. The numbers have been much better since he returned to the club as a September callup.
A California native, Gose is hitting .500 (6-for-12) while displaying a new batting stance that has kept him from pulling off the ball as much as he has in the past.