"I think Gose is a very viable option against right-handed pitchers at the leadoff spot," Ausmus said Tuesday night.
Ausmus believes that Gose has played well this spring, but he wants to see him continue to flourish.
"It's nice that he's being successful," he said, "but I want to continue to see good swings. That's the most important thing. Even if he doesn't get hits, I want to see good swings, good approaches."
Gose entered Tuesday going 1 for 16 in his latest appearances. He then singled, stole second and scored after another single from Yoenis Cespedes.
Ausmus had more to say on the performance of Gose, and what he needs to accomplish going forward.
"Overall, he's had very good swings," Ausmus said. "I think early on he was a little more consistent, then he got into a little bit of a funk. But even when he was in a little bit of a funk, he'd usually have one at-bat a game where he looked right. And I know he's working hard on it in the cage. He's trying to make it consistent. But with hitters, it's a battle to avoid traps and mechanical failure. It happens."
Gose was a career .234 hitter during his time with the Blue Jays. He has excelled in the Grapefruit League this season batting .520.
"Of course I'm pleased because things have been so positive," Gose said. "But it's only spring. Things change when the lights come on."
Gose is not letting his success in spring training get to his head.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has yet to say how much playing time Gose will receive.
"He still continues to hit the ball well," Ausmus said. "But I think he's probably being smart when he says he's not getting carried away because it's just spring."
Gose has hit safely in all seven of his spring appearances. He has had multihits in three games and multi-RBI twice. Gose is batting .579 (11 for 19) with two triples, three doubles, six RBI and seven runs. He also has two walks and four stolen bases.
"This is a guy that everyone has touted since he was a teenager," Ausmus said during a radio interview Monday, according to the Detroit Free Press. "I don't want to put pressure on him and say, 'impact player,' because he's probably not going to be that for us right away. But he has that type of ability inside him.
"He's an extremely athletic kid. This is a kid who can easily go into the gaps to run down balls. He's got a cannon for an arm."
While Gose is touted for his speed and defensive prowess, his offense has been lacking at the major-league level. He has just a .234 average in 202 career games. Although, Ausmus still has hope Gose will improve offensively.
"There is a little learning curve to hitting, certainly at the major-league level," Ausmus said. "But we're hoping his athleticism and (Tigers hitting coach) Wally Joyner can make him turn that corner."
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/28/2014 vs Baltimore|
|vs Gonzalez (Career)||13||4||1||.692||.308||.308|
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|2010||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||27||94||21||24||3||2||3||6||13||29||9||5||.360||.426||.255|
|2011||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||137||509||87||129||20||7||16||59||62||154||70||15||.349||.415||.253|
|2012||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||102||420||87||120||21||10||5||43||49||101||34||12||.366||.419||.286|
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