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|Posted: Fri Mar 31st, 2017 08:16 pm||
|Earlier this week, Anthony Gose approached the Detroit Tigers about pitching for the organization after he was reassigned to minor-league camp amid struggles sticking with the big-league club as an everyday outfielder.
The former top prospect threw his first bullpen for the Tigers on Thursday. Manager, and former catcher, Brad Ausmus had positive things to say.
"I was very impressed," Ausmus told Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press. "His delivery was good. Smooth. Not a lot of effort involved. The ball came out good. Had real good finish."
Gose, who pitched and touched 97 mph with his fastball before he was drafted in 2008, threw 20 pitches during the bullpen. Although a radar gun wasn't used during the session, Ausmus appeared excited about the results.
"He said he hadn't pitched in nine years," Ausmus said. "It was impressive. Certainly worth exploring."
The Tigers still plan to primarily play the 26-year-old in the outfield at Triple-A Toledo, but Gose will also pitch on the side to help him with the transition if he chooses to make it.
"It's still ultimately his decision, whether he does it or not," Ausmus told Jason Beck of MLB.com. "He doesn't want to give up on center field. He feels there's a possibility he will be forgotten as an outfielder. I think what we will do is have him throw his bullpens and continue the pitching program, then maybe DH and play outfield some in extended (spring games)."
Since coming to the Tigers in a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014, Gose has struggled, hitting just .247/.315/.363. He only managed to slash .203/.276/.312 across two minor-league levels last season.