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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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