Gose bats leadoff in first career start

Gose bats leadoff in first career start

Gose bats leadoff in first career start
NEW YORK -- Anthony Gose got the first start of his Major League career on Wednesday afternoon when the Blue Jays closed out a three-game series against the Yankees.

Gose, who was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, made his big league debut later that night when he came into the game as a pinch-hitter during the seventh inning of the Blue Jays' 6-1 loss.

Toronto typically inserts its rookies into the bottom of the order, but manager John Farrell opted to put Gose into the leadoff spot and said it was a relatively easy decision to make.

"This is a spot in the lineup that he has been very familiar with," Farrell said of the Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect, as ranked by MLB.com. "The way we've gotten to know Anthony through the last couple of Spring Trainings, he's a guy that's confident in himself, he's strong of mind and I don't feel like this environment will be that intimidating for him, so I'm going to throw him right in the fire."

Gose spent the vast majority of his Minor League career hitting leadoff and provides the Blue Jays with an element of speed at the top of the order. He had 29 stolen bases in 39 attempts for Las Vegas after stealing 70 in 137 games last season with Double-A New Hampshire.

That could become a key weapon for Farrell to use as his offense attempts to find alternate ways to score runs with Jose Bautista currently on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist injury. Gose combines with the speedy Rajai Davis and Brett Lawrie to give the club a well-rounded attack.

"The biggest thing would be to get on base first to utilize the speed," Farrell said. "But we do have some guys that can really run that are well above average, not only in terms of speed, but have track records of being able to steal a base.

"Rajai obviously speaks for itself at the Major League level, Anthony's had a lot of success at the Minor League level and yet he's getting his feet wet here. Depending on certain situations, we'll certainly turn him loose, but the speed definitely does give us another dimension."

Gose recorded his first Major League hit on Tuesday night with a bunt single in the ninth inning against Clay Rapada. The 21-year-old hit .292 with five homers and 41 RBIs in 92 games for Las Vegas this season.