Dodgers Prospect Watch: A Closer Look at Josiah Gray

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While there are many fans of the Dodgers who thought the team’s haul from the seven-player trade with the Reds would quickly be flipped for a high-impact player, both Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray are still preparing themselves for a season on the Los Angeles farm.

As it stands now, Downs is rated the seventh-best prospect in the entire system by MLB Pipeline, and at 21 years of age, Gray is ranked 16th on the list. When he was shipped out of Cincinnati, Gray was ranked as the Reds’ 12th-best prospect.

A little over a week ago, we took a close look at Downs, providing some insight as to where exactly he stands on the organizational ladder. Today, we’ll take a quick glance at Gray.

Gray played collegiately for three years at Le Moyne College in New York. During his first two campaigns there, he was an infielder with a very strong arm, much like his new teammates Pedro Baez, Dennis Santana and Brock Stewart were at one point of their young careers.

Pitching finally stuck with the New York native when he competed in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2017. When he went back to Le Moyne the following year, all he did was go 11-0 with a ridiculous 1.25 ERA, striking out 120 batters over 93-1/3 innings. At that point, the 6’1″, 190 lb. righty had a feeling he was destined for the bigs.

Forgoing his senior year of college, Gray was selected by the Reds 72nd overall as a supplemental pick in the 2018 draft. He made it to rookie league Greeneville just in time to make 12 starts, where he posted a 2-2 record with a 2.58 ERA and 59 punchouts over 52-1/3 innings of work. Opponents hit just .155 against him.

As far as his repertoire goes, Gray’s bread and butter is his heater, which has some natural cutting action and sits comfortably in the mid-nineties. It has been clocked as high as 98 MPH. For his age, he commands his fastball extremely well.

His slider is also considered a plus pitch, but it often lacks command, unlike his fastball. He also throws a changeup that’s also a bit raw. Presently, he’s being groomed as a starter, but based on the brilliance of his four-seamer, he may eventually end up throwing in relief.

Doug Gray from RedsMinorLeagues.com made a few notes about Josiah after watching him throw several times late last summer.

“The things you like with Josiah Gray are easily seen. He’s very athletic on the mound and has a fast arm. He’s capable of locating his fastball in the strikezone quite well and the pitch has some movement and velocity. The slider shows itself often as an above-average offering, too. And of course, there are the numbers. Gray dominated everywhere in 2018—both in college and in the Appalachian League.”

As it stands right now, Gray is listed on the rookie league Ogden Raptors’ team roster, but don’t be surprised to see him bumped up to Low-A Great Lakes sooner rather than later, so long as he’s still in the organization come spring.

 

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14 thoughts on “Dodgers Prospect Watch: A Closer Look at Josiah Gray

  1. Thanks for the write up Dennis. I’ve gotten to the point where I definitely wouldn’t have a problem keeping both Gray and Downs if that’s how it turns out.

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  2. At first I thought these guys would never be with us more than a few weeks, but now I think they are depth so Andrew can trade a prospect or two like May, White, or Santana. Or heaven forbid lux.

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    1. If there are no moves outside the organization to replace that 4+ oWAR (and 146 innings of 3.45) then yeah, it was indeed a salary dump. I believe the question now is – why? It wasn’t for two B prospects.

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  3. Hey Scoop,

    They talked to their investors about staying under the salary cap. I’m really looking forward to Verdugo but very concerned about the lack of a right handed bat remember over the last few years we couldn’t hit lefties now with two right handed batters gone I have some concern

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    1. The league is 70% right handed pitching.

      The key is to teach your left handed hitters to handle left handed pitching and you do that through hard work and repetition. Bryce Harper has a career .796 OPS against same side pitching. Mike Trout has a 1.006 OPS against same side pitching. Max Muncy .866. Bellinger .782. Turner .838 (.872 last year). There’s no excuse for our team .733 OPS vs LHP. Get them to work on it (there are methods) and get that OPS over .750 and we can beat LHP.

      It’s my opinion we do our hitters no favors by platooning them. If they couldn’t hit same side pitching they would have never made it to the Majors. Remind them how to go the other way and back up the middle. Give them live reps every day of the week. Hell every right handed hitter since Abner was playing has had to hit right handed pitching most of the time. If we can do it left handers can do it.

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      1. Ichiro – .329/.368/.452 vs LHP. Watch hours of film and do it like he does. In fact, hire him to teach same side approach. Of course nobody we have will match that – but they don’t need to. They just need to improve.

        Repetition repitition repetition. 100 cuts a day.

        Get a pitching machine that throws left handed and stand in there against it from sunrise to sunset. I’m telling you it CAN be done. You got a problem – solve it.

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      2. Ted Lilly. Hmm. I said 100 cuts a day not 10.

        I’ve designed a pitching machine in my head that throws right and left handed from the proper downward angle., varying between 8-12 degrees. I will be able to to put both two finger and back spin on the pitch, but may need Lilly for downward spin. I will also need some financing for the building of prototype and niche marketing. Maybe the good folks at TBPC can help with startup. A million five should do it.

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      3. If Dennis and Andy come up with the mil, I’ll get the rest Scoop. I’ve just called the L.A. Times to see about getting a paper route. I think there are at least 14 people left in the greater L.A. area who subscribe to a hard copy of a newspaper. How soon do you need the money? In the meanwhile, you might consider starting a GoFundMe page.

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