Finding starting pitching isn’t going to be cheap and sometimes getting creative is the best solution. The Rangers added outfielder/pitcher Anthony Gose to their roster. What kind of impact can we expect from him?
The Texas Rangers have reportedly signed outfielder-turned-pitcher Anthony Gose to a minor-league deal, according to Anthony Fenech. It’s an interesting signing and it’s still unclear what his role will be with the organization.
He’ll join James Jones and Jario Beras as former hitters turned pitchers in Texas. Jones was acquired in the Leonys Martin deal. He was converted into a pitcher, but tore his UCL and needed Tommy John surgery. He’s reportedly back on the mound now, so we could see him next season.
The 22-year-old Beras is still working his way through the lower levels in the minors. He appeared in 14 games last season, but posted a 5.02 ERA and obviously still needs more improvement and development time.
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It’s never easy converting from hitter to pitcher, but Gose seems committed to it. He pitched in 11 games last season in High-A ball and posted a 7.59 ERA. The good news is he struck out 14 batters and has at least decent stuff.
The 27-year-old Gose is a career .240 hitter with 12 home runs and 69 RBI through parts of five Major League seasons. A career as a hitter didn’t work out too well as his speed was his best asset on offense.
The best case scenario here is that Gose can become some type of relief pitcher and still be a bat or baserunner off the bench. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Jones and Gose as the 2018 season approaches.