"He was a composed young man," said Eric Sondheimer, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, who profiled Gose as a high school player. Even Tripp said: "When we went to lunch a couple of months ago, I was shocked at just how much his accent had changed." Tripp and Gose had gone years without catching up.
In that time, Gose had moved across the country to start a family and develop a life away from baseball.
"All Anthony's life he got attention," said Malinda Gose, his mom.
"Parents of his teammates would cheer him on before they cheered for their own children." Tripp estimated Gose cost himself as much as 0,000 in the 2008 draft because he told teams he would not pitch in the pros. "At the time, you never thought you'd be putting him on the mound because he was such a good athlete in the outfield," said Steve Noworyta, the Phillies' director of minor league operations. But geez, he had a great arm." His bat never came along. After eight years in pro ball, Gose averaged .247 and whiffed 1,237 times in 4,256 at-bats.
- No one in baseball seems to know who or what Anthony Gose truly is. He lasted fewer than 11 innings for the Tigers' Class A affiliate before elbow inflammation cut off his reinvention, but the high-velocity fastballs that rifled from his left arm had wowed evaluators.
He had not taken the mound in a competitive game since high school.
What is consistent is his displeasure with having to convert full-time into a pitcher. "I didn't want to do it." Rare transition Since 1950, only seven major leaguers established as position players went on to pitch at least 10 innings in the majors: Player Season(s) IP W L Sv ERAHal Jeffcoat 1954-59 697 39 47 25 4.22Johnny Lindell 1953 242 13 10 1 3.90Johnny O'Brien 1956-58 61 1 3 0 5.61Erv Dusak 1950-51 53 0 3 2 5.43Eddie O'Brien 1956-58 16.1 1 0 0 3.31Granny Hamner 1956-62 13.1 0 2 0 5.40Jason Lane 2014 10.1 0 1 0 0.87 As a kid, he did not admire any pitchers. "Ain't no sense in tryin' be nobody else on the mound.
Published biographical information about Gose unanimously states he was raised in Bellflower, Calif.
Gose is scheduled to make his spring training debut Saturday.
With his chances so slim, how high could his confidence be? Pitchers tend not to boast about reaching 100 mph until they see the radar reading that proves it.
His high school coach, Keith Tripp, made sure in practices to hit balls out of Gose's exceptional range.
"It was totally not for defensive purposes," Tripp said.