Gose has been shut down with an elbow injury, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. It's unclear when the injury cropped up on Gose -- as he hasn't pitched since July 2 -- but the Tigers don't believe it's serious enough to require surgery, which is good news. Still, he remains without a timetable for return as the Tigers try not to push the converted outfielder. The 26-year-old compiled a 7.59 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 10.2 innings with High-A before being shut down.
Gose's advanced age (he's 26) could accelerate his path through the minor leagues as a pitching prospect, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The converted outfielder made his professional debut as a pitcher on Monday for High-A Lakeland, and he hit 99 miles per hour on two occasions during the outing. Gose is 26, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus says his development will be accelerated because of his age. While an MLB debut this season may be a longshot, he could realistically end up in Double-A or Triple-A by year's end, and possibly make the major league team as a pitcher in 2018 if he's effective.
Gose made his professional pitching debut Monday with High-A Lakeland, conceding one run on a hit and a walk while striking out a batter over one inning. More notable than Gose's results was the premium velocity he flashed from the left side, with Lakeland manager Andrew Graham indicating the converted outfielder hit 99 miles per hour on two occasions during the evening, according to Vince Lara-Cinisomo of Baseball America. Gose, who had been working with pitching coaches at extended spring training for the first month and a half of the season prior to joining Lakeland, will need to show an ability to command his pitches better before climbing up the minor-league ladder.
Gose was assigned to High-A Lakeland on Monday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. After going through a crash course on pitching at extended spring training, Gose has finally received the green light to make his season debut in affiliated ball. The Tigers will have Gose work primarily as a reliever in the lower minors, but the organization doesn't appear to be closing the door entirely on the 26-year-old playing the outfield. Gose's fastball had been previously clocked in the mid-90s, so if he's able to command his pitches well and develop his secondary offerings, he could move through the farm system quickly.
Gose is expected to stay in Florida for extended spring training to build up arm strength as a pitcher, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Gose will also work as an outfielder, so the team is not completely committed to the position switch or could be viewing him as a possible future two-way player. But Gose was primarily a pitcher during high school and reportedly featured a mid-90s fastball, so he may have some potential on the mound.
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