With Gose, Jays land coveted prize

With Gose, Jays land coveted prize

TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos had his eye on center fielder Anthony Gose for some time. No matter how hard Anthopoulos tried, though, he could not pry the prospect away from the Phillies.

Finally, after Philadelphia packaged Gose in a Thursday trade with the Astros, Anthopoulos was able to land the 19-year-old outfielder. The Jays sent first base prospect Brett Wallace to Houston and Anthopoulos reeled in Gose.

"It says a lot," Gose said of Toronto's persistent pursuit. "Not only about Toronto, but also about the Phillies not wanting to trade me. It made me feel wanted to another level. It really means a lot to me."

The Blue Jays believe Gose has the potential to develop into an impact center fielder down the road. For now, the young outfielder knows that he has plenty of room to improve. Gose -- now with high Class A Dunedin in Toronto's system -- said that he needs to hone his approach in the batter's box.

In 103 games with Class A Clearwater this season, Gose hit .263 with a .325 on-base percentage. He had four home runs, 17 doubles and 11 triples to go along with 20 RBIs, 32 walks and 36 stolen bases. Gose was also caught stealing 27 times and had 103 strikeouts.

"I guess you would say the offensive part of my game needs the most work right now," Gose said. "I have some adjustments to make mentally and physically. Maybe refining my approach at the plate. I have some physical adjustments to make at the plate in my physical approach. We started addressing those matters here my first day."