GM Scouting Report: OF, Michael Goss

CF, Michael Goss

Michael Goss was selected in the 11th round of the 2002 Draft by the Red Sox out of Jackson State. Goss was a two sport athlete at Jackson State, playing wide receiver and returning kicks for the football team. His prospects as an NFL star caused him to fall from the 5th round to the 11th. Goss' biggest asset is his blazing speed which is the reason he was so successful in football and baseball during his college career.

This past year was a struggle for the 23 year old Goss. His skills remain very raw and he did not do as well as he wanted in his first full professional season. He only hit .245 for Class A Augusta. He hit much better at home than on the road compiling a .283 average at home. Goss was still a terror to other team on the base paths, however, swiping 29 bases on the season. Goss is a very hard worker and strove to improve throughout the season and will no doubt carry that into the off season.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

H

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2003

Augusta

.245

319

78

1

28

45

29

34

71

.327

.295

2002

Lowell

.398

83

33

0

10

9

14

4

15

.438

.446

2001

Jackson St.

.395

177

70

2

44

42

19

22

20

.463

.542


*Stats as of 9/7/03

Batting and Power. Goss needs to develop much better patience at the plate as he is still very raw. He has a short quick swing with solid mechanics. He has some pull power, but is your typical leadoff hitter mold, so do not expect big home run numbers. He does need to work on getting extra base hits though because his .295 slugging percentage is not going to get it done.

Base Running and Speed. Goss is a speed demon and a very good base runner. He is a guy that can turn walks and singles into doubles and triples. Any time that Goss can use his speed, he is a very dangerous player.

Defense. Once again, Goss can cover a lot of ground in the outfield because of his speed. His is very solid as a result and defense is one of his strengths.

Projection. Goss has a long way to go before he's ready for the big time. He has all the raw skills to get to the top, but it's a matter of learning more patience at the plate and refining his skills. He projects as a leadoff hitter, which means he has to work on getting on base more so he can use his speed. If he is able to develop better pitch selection, Goss can be a real strain on opponents.

ETA. 2007.

Centerfielders Team
Adrian Brown AAA - Pawtucket Red Sox
Jeremy Owens AA - Portland Se Dogs
Michael Goss A - August GreenJackets
Robert Evans A - Lowell Spinners
Carlos De La Cruz R - GCL Red Sox


Comments


1. Adrian Brown had a very solid year for the Paw Sox this past season. Batting mostly in the leadoff spot, Brown hit .280. He has great speed and swiped 35 bases this season. His play led to a September call up and a place on the ALDS roster. Brown should be in contention for a major league roster spot as a backup next year.

2. Jeremy Owens hit .263 for Portland. He was third in the league with 21 bombs while knocking in 68. Has decent speed as he stole 15 bases, but does have his flaws. He made 9 errors from the outfield, which is a little high and he also struck out 161 times. He is making progress, however, as he is playing well in the Arizona Fall League and could prove to be helpful down the road.

3. Robert Evans manned center the majority of the time for the Lowell Spinners. In his first pro season out of Samford University, he hit .265. He needs a lot of work though and do not look to see him in the majors anytime soon.

4. Carlos De La Cruz is a 19 year old prospect out of the Dominican Republic. In his second season with the Sox rookie team he hit a much improved .270. He is a switch hitter who also swiped 15 bases in 44 games. He is very young and has a lot of time to move upward in the organization.

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