The Indians have signed left-handed reliever Anthony Gose to a minor league deal. According to Paul Hoynes, the deal does not including an invitation to spring training with the big league camp, so why is this signing in any way noteworthy?
Well you see, Gose, 28, has never thrown a pitcher in the major leagues, but he does have 1252 plate appearances under his belt.
After spending five seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers as a speedy fourth outfielder and a career slash of .240/.309/.348 and 12 home runs, he hung up the bat for a chance at pitching, where he’s been working at a chance to pitch in the majors since 2017.
Gose reached as far as Double-A in the Texas Rangers last season where he allowed 14 runs, five home runs, and walked 23 batters in just 19.1 innings. He didn’t fair much better in the lower levels, either, but clearly the Indians are hoping he can put something together — or they can fix something — with his arm that once consistently clocked 100 mph on throws from the outfield. It’s something to keep an eye on, at least.