I doubled up on games Friday and watched a pair of 10:30 a.m. B games at Oakland's minor league complex, followed by part of an afternoon exhibition between a group of Milwaukee prospects and the German WBC qualifier team. Here's a rundown of the prospects of note I saw:
• Oakland took Clemson right-hander Daniel Gossett in the second round in 2014, but he had a very disappointing full-season debut in 2015. As a 22-year-old in low-A, he posted a 4.73 ERA with lousy peripherals. He looked great Friday, thanks to a new cutter at 86-89 mph with sharp break downward as much as to the side, along with a fastball at 91-96 mph (sitting 94) that he was blowing by hitters. He showed a solid average changeup at 82-85 mph and a power curveball that was kind of slurvy but hard at 82-83 mph. Gossett's arm path is short, ending in a ¾ slot, but one where he gets right on top of the ball, and he's very online to the plate. Perhaps the cutter was the pitch he needed to have success against minor league hitters, as the stuff he showed in three innings Friday does not match the terrible results from last year.