Gose has tossed a scoreless inning in each of his three Cactus League appearances to date, striking out four while giving up two hits and no walks. Gose suffered a scare early in spring training when he was involved in a car crash, but he was fortunate to emerge without any injuries. He resumed working out with Cleveland days after the accident and has impressed observers, with Jon Morosi of MLB Network touting the outfielder-turned-pitcher as a candidate to join the big-league bullpen at some point in 2021. An Opening Day roster spot still looks like a long shot for Gose -- who hasn't pitched above the Double-A level since making the conversion from outfield in 2017 -- but he may have put himself near the top of the list for a call-up when Cleveland requires another reliever.
Gose was involved in a car accident Friday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. Gose checked out fine following the accident, but he'll be limited for several days to make sure that he's ok to play. While he'll be a non-roster invitee at spring training, Gose will likely serve as organizational depth to begin the regular season.
Gose re-signed with Cleveland as a non-roster invitee Tuesday. The 30-year-old former outfielder began his conversion to pitching back in 2017 but has yet to advance above Double-A. In 65.2 total minor-league innings, he owns a 4.39 ERA and 1.61 WHIP, with his 19.9 percent walk rate coming in far too high for him to be an effective weapon. Cleveland evidently still believes there's something there, however, as he's set to spend his third straight year with the organization.
Gose was moved to Cleveland's satellite camp Wednesday, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. While the Indians reportedly love Gose's arm, the team also feels the outfielder-turned-reliever could benefit from some additional reps. Gose, who touched 100 mph in spring and struck out nine batters in 5.2 innings before the shutdown, could eventually be a dangerous option for Cleveland's bullpen down the line.
Gose will be a part of the Indians' 60-man player pool this season. The outfielder-turned-reliever was touching 100 mph this spring, according to Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs. He also has a plus curveball and struck out nine in 5.2 innings before the shutdown. James Karinchak is the most likely reliever to vulture saves from Brad Hand, but Gose is a player to keep an eye on given his stuff and untapped potential since converting from position player to pitcher in 2017.
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