Gray headlines Dodgers' spring invites
The top of the Dodgers' farm systems may not be as intimidating anymore, with players like Walker Buehler and Gavin Lux graduated, but Josiah Gray is knocking on the door. The club's No. 1 pitching prospect -- No. 58 overall, according to MLB.com -- will have the opportunity to show
The top of the Dodgers' farm systems may not be as intimidating anymore, with players like
The club's No. 1 pitching prospect -- No. 58 overall, according to MLB.com -- will have the opportunity to show Los Angeles he belongs in the Majors after he was invited to Spring Training on Tuesday, along with several other ranked prospects in the Dodgers system.
Gray topped out at Double-A Tulsa in 2019, when he went 3-2 with a 2.79 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 11 walks in 39 1/3 innings. Overall that season, which included stints at Class A Great Lakes and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, the 23-year-old right-hander went 11-2 with a 2.28 ERA and a 147-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 130 frames.
Drafted by the Reds in the supplemental second round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of LeMoyne, Gray was acquired from Cincinnati when Los Angeles sent Yasiel Puig to the Reds that December. The native of New Rochelle, New York, who wasn't a full-time pitcher until the summer of 2017, hits 97 mph with a plus fastball and features an above-average slider along with a developing curveball and changeup.
Right-handers Landon Knack (the Dodgers' No. 16 prospect) , Michael Grove (No. 18), Kendall Williams (No. 24), Ryan Pepiot (No. 25) and left-hander Robinson Ortiz (No. 29) rounded out the pitching prospects receiving invites to Major League camp.
Fellow top-10 prospects
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Rockies trio heading to camp: Among the 22 non-roster invitees to Colorado camp were second-ranked
Chris Tripodi is a coordinator for MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @christripodi.