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March 14, 2014

Raising Aces

Bush League: Jonathan Gray

by Doug Thorburn


This week's trip through the bushes takes us to the Colorado system to evaluate the top prospect in the Rockies’ pipeline: Jonathan Gray. The 6'4”, 255-pound right-hander has an elite arsenal, with an intimidating fastball complemented by a plus slider and a changeup that is considered a major asset. That repertoire should play very well in the majors and would seem to be a strong fit for the thin air of Coors Field. Gray's profile is even more intriguing once we get past pitch selection, so let's dig into the specifics that make him such a unique specimen.

Gray was picked by the Rockies with the no. 3 overall selection in last year's draft. A product of University of Oklahoma, he was the second pitcher off the board, following top overall selection Mark Appel. Gray is widely considered to possess the higher ceiling and the lower floor, and the early returns sugget that he’s raising the floor quickly. In fact, I’ve been so impressed by Gray’s rapid development that I ranked Gray as the no. 1 pitching prospect in baseball when Paul Sporer and I broke down the list in the latest episode of TINSTAAPP. (He’s the eighth pitcher listed on the Top 101.)

Level

GS

IP

ERA

K %

BB %

H %

HR %

Rook

4

13.3

4.05

25.9%

3.4%

25.9%

0.0%

A+

5

24.0

0.75

41.9%

7.0%

11.6%

0.0%

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Nojsztat

Thanks! Jon Gray was my top pick in my dynasty draft this year (3rd overall, after Bryant and Abreu), and I appreciate the deeper look into what makes him such a premier prospect.

Mar 14, 2014 07:11 AM
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boatman44

Great stuff Mike,
Gray seems to be a very impressive young pitcher. Although I am not high on comps , mechanically does he remind you of anyone past or present ?

Mar 14, 2014 07:26 AM
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JonesLandon

/watches slider GIF for 15 minutes

Mar 14, 2014 07:33 AM
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MattG1973

Nice write up - its encouraging to see a highly touted pitcher in the Rockies system actually improving!

And before you get attacked by an angry Sooner fan, Gray played at OU, not OSU.

Mar 14, 2014 08:00 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
BP staff

Fixed.

Mar 14, 2014 08:06 AM
 
Brad Clark

That slider made it move. Bananas.

Also, the final gif. Is this a practice session? I see no fielders behind him, it totally threw me off.

Mar 14, 2014 09:51 AM
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ajm2369
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His delivery will have him undergoing Tommy John surgery with in 2 yrs.

Mar 15, 2014 06:02 AM
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