The 2021 season is one season that Anthony Gose will remember. Even though he made his first appearance of the season on September 20, his appearance was the talk around the league.
Gose made his major league debut on the mound for the team formerly known as the Cleveland Indians-now the Cleveland Guardians.
This was Gose’s first appearance in the big leagues since 2016. But Gose was not a pitcher the last time he was in the league.
He was a speedy outfielder before, but now he’s on the mound and possesses an electric fastball from the left side.
Tonight, Anthony Gose played in his first MLB game since 2016 after converting to a pitcher.
He was throwing a casual 💯. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/jwPeyH7a8y
— MLB (@MLB) September 21, 2021
Gose came in during the second game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals and pitched 1⅔ innings, allowing one run, one hit with one walk and one strikeout.
But the most impressive part about his performance was the velocity on his fastball.
He threw 39 total pitches during his outing and seven of those pitches hit triple digits.
“That was pretty special to me,” Gose told espn.com after his performance. “It meant a lot to get the opportunity to go out there again. It’s been a while. I’m excited to be able to have the opportunity.”
Gose also showed that he was not afraid of competing against one of the best hitters in the game.
He struck out Salvador Perez on a 98 mph four-seam fastball. And watching him pitch, you can see that it doesn’t take a lot from Gose to throw that hard.
This brother has a normal pitching delivery, but when that ball comes out of his hand, it gets to you quick when you’re at the plate.
Yeah … That'll play. pic.twitter.com/bYAZti3Agd
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) September 21, 2021
Cleveland’s interim manager DeMarlo Hale was really pleased with Gose’s performance.
“He’s not afraid to compete,” Hale said. “I didn’t even think about that in those terms. When we brought him in, it was a situation we were trying to get multi-innings from him, keep the game close. He did that but the competitor in him, it really doesn’t matter who’s in the box.”
Now the question is, people might want to know where Gose has been after the 2016 season?
Well he’s still been involved in the game. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic team that competed in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.
He pitched four scoreless innings during the Olympics.
After finishing his time with the Detroit Tigers as an outfielder in 2016, Gose made the transition to pitcher after failing to make Detroit’s opening day roster in 2017.
Our MLBbro hit .240 with 57 steals in the majors and in 2015, he stole 23 bases and hit 24 doubles for the Tigers while batting .254 in 140 games.
Gose spent a few seasons in the minor leagues, recently spending time with Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate, Columbus Clippers.
Now he finds himself back in the league, playing a different position and he’s going to continue to work hard day in and day out.
“You think about his journey, putting in the work over the last few years, he’s got to feel good about himself and what he’s done to get to this point,” Hale said.
Big shoutout to Gose on his first appearance on the mound and we know this won’t be the last time we see him out there