TORONTO -- Jose Bautista's jaw-dropping performance in July has earned the Blue Jays' right fielder the Honda Player of the Month Award, which is selected through voting by the Toronto chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
"We think Jose Bautista has obviously had a great year," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "He's a player that I think the world of. There is no question that, when you look at the way he's played for this organization, for this team, the things he's done in the clubhouse, he's an important part to it."
In July, Bautista hit .347 with 11 home runs and 29 RBIs. His 11 homers were the most in the Major Leagues for the month and his 19 extra-base hits were tied for the most in baseball. Bautista led the American League with a .765 slugging percentage as well.
Bautista, who entered Sunday as the Major League leader with 31 home runs this season, is only the third player in club history to have two months (12 homers in May) with at least 10 home runs in one season. George Bell (1987) and Carlos Delgado (1997, 2001) also accomplished the feat for the Jays.
With Gose, Jays land coveted prize
TORONTO -- Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos had his eye on center fielder Anthony Gose for some time. No matter how hard Anthopoulos tried, though, he could not pry the prospect away from the Phillies.
Finally, after Philadelphia packaged Gose in a Thursday trade with the Astros, Anthopoulos was able to land the 19-year-old outfielder. The Jays sent first base prospect Brett Wallace to Houston and Anthopoulos reeled in Gose.
"It says a lot," Gose said of Toronto's persistent pursuit. "Not only about Toronto, but also about the Phillies not wanting to trade me. It made me feel wanted to another level. It really means a lot to me."
The Blue Jays believe Gose has the potential to develop into an impact center fielder down the road. For now, the young outfielder knows that he has plenty of room to improve. Gose -- now with high Class A Dunedin in Toronto's system -- said that he needs to hone his approach in the batter's box.
In 103 games with Class A Clearwater this season, Gose hit .263 with a .325 on-base percentage. He had four home runs, 17 doubles and 11 triples to go along with 20 RBIs, 32 walks and 36 stolen bases. Gose was also caught stealing 27 times and had 103 strikeouts.
"I guess you would say the offensive part of my game needs the most work right now," Gose said. "I have some adjustments to make mentally and physically. Maybe refining my approach at the plate. I have some physical adjustments to make at the plate in my physical approach. We started addressing those matters here my first day."
Snider receives first start since recall
TORONTO -- Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston altered his lineup on Sunday, providing a glimpse into how he plans on rotating players around in an effort to provide playing time down the stretch.
Travis Snider, who was called up from Double-A New Hampshire on Friday, received his first start since rejoining the Blue Jays, batting ninth and manning left field. Gaston also gave the nod to Dwayne Wise as the leadoff man and right fielder.
"I want to give Wise some at-bats in there," Gaston said. "Somebody's got to rotate out of there. Even if I didn't put Wise in there today, I was going to play Snider anyway. You're going to see guys come in and out. I'm just trying to keep everybody playing."
With Snider and Wise in the outfield, right fielder Jose Bautista shifted to third base. The changes meant third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and left fielder Fred Lewis received a day off from the starting lineup.
Wells looks for return of power
TORONTO -- Vernon Wells' power numbers have dropped over the past month, and Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said it has everything to do with the center fielder's swing mechanics.
"He's not getting his hands started," Gaston said. "Vernon has a short swing anyway, but it's like anything else. The more you go back, the more power you've got going forward.
"If he gets back to that, you'll see the power come back. It's just off right now."
Dating back to June 28, Wells has launched just one home run over a span of 101 at-bats across 27 games for the Blue Jays. In the first 75 games of the year, Wells belted 19 homers in 284 at-bats.
Gaston said Wells has not complained of any issues with his left wrist, which was surgically repaired over the offseason.
"It's not bothering him," Gaston said. "I haven't had any reports on it."
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.