The Astros believed Gose had the most upside in the Rule 5 draft, citing his upper-90s fastball and power breaking ball from the left side. That said, it is clearly a bit of a lottery ticket, as Gose was only recently converted from the outfield to the mound, and was shut down in 2017 with an elbow injury. He will need to earn a spot in their bullpen this spring, as the Astros are in full-contention mode and don't have room to carry long-term projects on the active roster. Even if Gose maxes out, he would not be in line to get saves, so his upside would be capped as a high-strikeout setup man.
Gose (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with Texas on Thursday, Anthony Fenech of Free Press Sports reports.
Gose is set to play both ways with the Rangers this season, earning time out of the bullpen and in center field after converting from the outfield this past spring. During the 2017 season with Detroit's High-A team, he posted a 7.59 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 10.2 innings, but wasn't able to pitch after July 2 due to an elbow injury. Gose didn't undergo any type of surgery, and he should be able to hit the field next spring without any limitations. He has high-end arm strength, and at this point, the former top outfield prospect's best bet at being a useful contributor in the majors is as a power reliever.
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.
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