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Is Anthony Gose another pilfered gem for DD?

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He has a .513 OPS versus LHP for his career so far. That sounds like a platoon player to me. I'm not sure why people always think platoon player is an insult for a left-handed batter since he'd get close to 75% of the at bats in a strict platoon. I don't need to be preached on the value of his defense. I was one of the biggest supporters of the trade because of his defense.

OTOH, he has totalled only 120 AB against LHP across 3 seasons. I think some players - esp LHHs, get stuck in a chicken and egg situation in their careers where they are so protected against LHP that there is no chance for them to ever improve, and then at some point it's too late in their development for improvement to be possible. Don't know if that has been true for Gose or not since I have no idea how he was used in the minors, but I think it happens to a good number of guys.

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OTOH, he has totalled only 120 AB against LHP across 3 seasons. I think some players - esp LHHs, get stuck in a chicken and egg situation in their careers where they are so protected against LHP that there is no chance for them to ever improve, and then at some point it's too late in their development for improvement to be possible. Don't know if that has been true for Gose or not since I have no idea how he was used in the minors, but I think it happens to a good number of guys.

Yes, 120 AB is a small sample size. 19 spring training AB is an even smaller sample size and nobody on this board was touting Gose's offensive potential prior to those spring at bats.

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Yes, 120 AB is a small sample size. 19 spring training AB is an even smaller sample size and nobody on this board was touting Gose's offensive potential prior to those spring at bats.

No, but we were all secretly thinking/hoping. Maybe we will all get excited because the #2 spot is a gaping hole and he'd be a perfect platoon fit if he does improve a bit.

FWIW, I took a quick look at his MiLB stats, there's been a .150+ OPS platoon split each year from 2010 on. Which is fine, I'd rather have a LHB be .800/.600 in his splits than .700/.700.

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No, but we were all secretly thinking/hoping. .

I have a lot of secret hopes which I don't post on message boards. :happy:

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If his defense is as good as they say it is, then his ceiling is higher than a platoon player. If Davis wasn't here then I bet he'd be a 500 PA player this year.

500 PAs is pretty damn close to a platoon player.

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Considering that Austin Jackson - for whatever mysterious reason - seemed to be a very rapidly declining asset in what should have been the prime of his career last season, Gose is probably already an improvement.

This for sure. Gose seems to do everything better than AJax did in his final days with us in spite of AJax being in his prime years. That DD was able to get this guy and extend our run of good CF play (Grandy, AJax and now Gose) is a pretty big deal and no analyst outside of Detroit is saying boo about it. All they want to do is throw dirt on the 2017 season's coffin.

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500 PAs is pretty damn close to a platoon player.

yeah - right at the boundary really. 502 qualifies you as a full season player under batting title rules.

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The average lead-off hitter gets 762 PA per 162 games and the average 9th hitter gets 618. If we assume that Gose splits his time between the top and bottom of the order, that's 700 PA. Roughly 75% of PA come versus RHP, so 75% of 700 is 525 PA for a platoon player.

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The average lead-off hitter gets 762 PA per 162 games and the average 9th hitter gets 618. If we assume that Gose splits his time between the top and bottom of the order, that's 700 PA. Roughly 75% of PA come versus RHP, so 75% of 700 is 525 PA for a platoon player.

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Is that the number for players who regularly bat leadoff hitter or for the lead off position itself? Even for a 'regular' most guys don't get every single PA for the position they play so if it's that latter it might be reasonable to assume somewhat lower number for practical purposes. Although it's a good question what you should assume for the average number of games played by a non-injured 'regular'. Only a few guys play 162 a year. 152-155 maybe typical?

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Is that the number for players who regularly bat leadoff hitter or for the lead off position itself? Even for a 'regular' most guys don't get every single PA for the position they play so if it's that latter it might be reasonable to assume somewhat lower number for practical purposes. Although it's a good question what you should assume for the average number of games played by a non-injured 'regular'. Only a few guys play 162 a year. 152-155 maybe typical?

It's the number of team at bats out of the lead-off spot. I thought about reducing it to something less than 162 games, but I figured we were already reducing it by 25% by making him a platoon player. Either way, I think 500 PA is a good rough estimate for a platoon player.

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looking down the road a bit, if either Fields or Collins keep up their pace and Gose hits at all, I'm thinking Rajai becomes trade bait early in the year.

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