A first-round pick in 2007, but only technically - in a year full of compensation picks, he was chosen 61st, which would have been the third round, if not for the comps. That pick came to the D-backs through the loss of Miguel Batista. Now aged 27, he still has less than 20 appearances above Double-A, and those were back in 2010, so time seems to be running out. Back in 2008, it was said of him, "Ed Easley is either one of the better offensive catching prospects in the game or a defensive liability whose career will stall once he is moved to third base." I dunno about the latter, but with a career .335 SLG, the former doesn't seem to have materialized.
Factoid to drop in: In 2007, Easley won the Johnny Bench award given to the best collegiate catcher, beating out Matt Wieters and some guy called "Posey"...
Though born in Illinois, Gosewisch attended both high-school and college in Arizona, going first to Horizon in Scottsdale, then Arizona State, where he was part of the team which reached the semi-finals of the College World Series in 2005. Has spent eight seasons in the minors, splitting time last year between the Triple-A affiliates of the Phillies and Blue Jays. He was also on the United States national baseball team in the 2011 Pan American Games, taking home a silver medal. Roy Halladay pitched to Gosewisch last spring and was impressed, saying "He's smart, he tries hard, he receives the ball well...He uses information. He's a pitcher's dream. He really is."
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