On a night when some of the Blue Jays' top prospects were shining, Anthony Gose shone brightest.
Toronto's No. 2 prospect put together one of his most complete games of the season, going 4-for-5 with a solo homer and three runs scored Saturday as Triple-A Las Vegas cruised past New Orleans, 8-0.
While Gose provided most of the highlights, top prospect Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-run shot, Adeiny Hechavarria (No. 16) led off the game with his third homer and Moises Sierra (No. 19) reached base twice and scored a run.
Gose was quick to credit everyone on the Jays' top Mnor League affiliate.
"It's not just us, we feel like the whole team produces," said the 2008 second-round Draft pick. "We have great leadership on this team from guys who have been in the big leagues like Travis Snider, Chris Woodward, Tim Redding. They're showing us the ropes and leading us on the right path, keeping us straight. And playing as a team, we've been able to put together some nice wins."
Gose followed Hechavarria's blast with a single, took second on a passed ball, stole third and scored on Snider's groundout to give Las Vegas a 2-0 lead. He singled again in the third and scored ahead of d'Arnaud's third homer of the season.
Gose led off the fifth with his third homer, then singled to start the seventh before flying out in the eighth.
The 21-year-old outfield is off to a torrid start in May after getting out of the gates slowly last month. He's hitting .333 (15-for-45) with all three of his homers, 11 RBIs, 12 runs scored and a .404 on-base percentage in 11 games. It's brought his average up to .252 and his OPS to .705.
"Toward the end of April into May, I started to figure it out, started to put together at-bats and help the team win best I could by getting on base," Gose said.
Gose, d'Arnaud, Sierra and Hechavarria comprise an unusually large prospect contingent for a Triple-A team, and it would stand to reason that they could all see time in Toronto together. That possibility, however, is something Gose said he and his teammates keep out of their focus.
"That's something for the front office to decide. We're in Triple-A playing together, making the most if it and trying to help the team win," he said. "If at some point throughout our careers it happens to go that way, then, yeah, that would be pretty special."
On Saturday, the 51s also got another solid effort from starter Jesse Chavez (5-1) yielded three hits and struck out five over eight innings. He's second in the Pacific Coast League in wins and fourth with a 2.63 ERA.
"[Chavez] has been stellar all year," Gose said. "He's been real consistent from day one, definitely been the ace to hold down our rotation. And every time he goes out there, he gives us a chance to win. Tonight, he was real dominant and strong."