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Jon Gray | Starting Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Rockies prospect RHP Jon Gray was rocked for seven earned runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings on Monday for Triple-A Albuquerque.
He struck out three and walked a pair in the outing. It’s been a brutal start to the season for the 23-year-old Gray, who is widely regarded as one of baseball’s premier pitching prospects. His 10.70 ERA through four starts is a product of 32 hits allowed and eight walks in 17 2/3 innings, though he has fanned 17 batters during that span. While the Pacific Coast League is notorious for being hitter friendly, Gray’s struggles are tied to his decreased fastball velocity and inability to throw his slider with consistent bite, neither of which was perceived as a potential issue when he was drafted. Gray still has a bright future in the major leagues, but it seems as though he’s more likely to serve as a mid-rotation starter than an ace. Apr 28 - 3:20 PM

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Rockies reassigned RHP Jon Gray to minor league camp.

The 23-year-old right-hander had an opportunity to break camp as a member of the Rockies rotation, but struggled with a 5.93 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio in 13 2/3 Cactus League innings. Given the current state of the Rockies rotation, he should get his chance at some point during the upcoming season.
Apr 3 - 7:07 PM

Jon Gray allowed seven runs -- six earned -- while recording just two outs in a loss to the Cubs in Cactus League play Saturday.

Gray actually had a decent beginning, with Anthony Rizzo reaching on an error and Matt Szczur striking out, but things fell apart after a Kris Bryant double. The big blow was a three-run homer from Jake Arrieta, the Cubs' starting pitcher. It was definitely a setback, but the final line looked worse than the outing actually was. Still, the rough showing may deter the Rockies from taking Gray north as a member of their starting rotation next week.
Mar 28 - 7:53 PM

Jon Gray is now slated to start Saturday's Cactus League game versus the Indians, replacing Tyler Matzek.

As Nick Groke of the Denver Post notes, that potentially lines up Gray to start the second game of the season in Milwaukee. Matzek will now start on March 31 instead, lining him up for the Rockies' home opener. The news comes on the heels of general manager Jeff Bridich saying that Gray's arbitration timeline is a "non-factor," so things seem to be pointing towards the top prospect making Colorado's Opening Day rotation. Gray is obviously hurt greatly by having Coors Field as his home park, but we wouldn't rule out him having mixed league value this season.
Mar 27 - 5:34 PM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Thursday that Jon Gray's arbitration timeline is a "non-factor" when considering whether the righty will make the rotation.

"That is not part of our consideration," Bridich said. "Jon has pitched very well, but there still are a lot of things to consider, but the decision will not be based on (arbitration)." Gray has allowed three runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 13 innings so far this spring and has a chance to crack the Opening Day rotation following the release of Jhoulys Chacin and injuries to Jorge De La Rosa (groin) and David Hale (oblique). He's competing with Eddie Butler, Christian Bergman, Chad Bettis and John Lannan. The former No. 2 overall pick has loads of upside, though it's capped by him calling Coors Field home. Keep an eye on this camp battle as it comes down the stretch.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 27 - 11:50 AM

Jon Gray held the Brewers scoreless over four innings in Monday's Cactus League start.

The right-hander gave up only two hits while walking none and striking out two. Following the Rockies' release of Jhoulys Chacin, Gray now has a chance to make the club's starting rotation out of spring training. Gray has allowed three runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 13 innings so far this spring.
Mar 23 - 7:27 PM

Jon Gray allowed three runs on five hits over three innings in Wednesday's Cactus League tilt against the Diamondbacks.

All three of the Diamondbacks' runs came in the first four batters of the game, as Gray was throwing meatballs to D'backs hitters early. He settled down, though, and managed to get through the next two innings unscathed. The right-hander fanned two and didn't walk a batter in the outing. Gray won't break camp with the club, but he's a big part of their future and one of the top power arms in all of the minors.
Mar 19 - 12:09 AM

The Rockies have shut down pitching prospect Jon Gray due to right shoulder fatigue.

It's possible he'll be cleared to pitch if Double-A Tulsa makes it to the second round of the Texas League playoffs, but it's highly unlikely. The good news is that it doesn't appear to be a major concern, as Gray is still throwing in the bullpen. "It was just a precaution," Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said. "His shoulder is fine. This often happens when a young pitcher goes through his first pro season." The No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 Draft, Gray held a 3.91 ERA and 113/41 K/BB ratio over 124 1/3 Double-A innings in his first full pro season.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 07:33:00 PM

Rockies prospect Jon Gray has been placed on the Double-A disabled list for minor soreness.

The injury helps explain some of his recent struggles at Double-A Tulsa. Gray, the third overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, is expected to be back in time for the Texas League playoffs. He owns a 3.45 ERA and 164/49 K/BB ratio in 161 2/3 career minor league innings.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 09:19:00 PM

Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Jon Gray allowed five hits and three runs over two innings, striking out two batters for Double-A Tulsa on Wednesday.

Gray has yet to put together a streak of good starts, and needed 68 pitches to get through two innings against the Arkansas Travelers, a team bereft of potential impact prospects. He has frontline potential, but there were rumors that Gray would be in Colorado before July and he has instead remained in Double-A.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Jon Gray allowed two hits, three walks, and one run over seven innings, striking out six for Double-A Tulsa on Saturday.

Gray's up and down season continues, as his solid outing was preceded by two clunkers. He threw 61 of 93 (65.6 percent) of his pitches for strikes, shutting down a solid Northwest Arkansas lineup that included prospects Jorge Bonifacio (0-for-2, BB), Cheslor Cuthbert (1-for-3, 1B, K), Orlando Calixte (0-for-1, Sac, BB), and Hunter Dozier (0-for-3, K).
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Rockies prospect right-hander Jonathan Gray threw 5 2/3 shutout innings on Wednesday, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out seven batters for Double-A Tulsa.

Gray's last two starts have been two of his best, holding opposing batters to a .083/.171/.111 line while striking out 12 in 11 2/3 innings. For the season, opposing batters have hit .235/.295/.370 against him, and he has put up a 3.54 ERA, 1.149 WHIP, and 8.4 K/9. He could see time in Colorado later this season.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 08:29:00 AM

Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Jonathan Gray threw five shutout innings on Sunday, striking out five while scattering five singles and two walks.

Gray threw 94 pitches, a season high due to pitch counts. He has not allowed a run in his last two outings, both of which were against the Springfield Cardinals. Gray is next in line to be called up to the major leagues, though the success of Tyler Matzek may buy some time until Matzek has his seemingly inevitable six hit, six walk performance.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 07:34:00 AM

Rockies prospect RHP Jon Gray dominated on Tuesday with five no-hit innings for Double-A Tulsa.

He struck out seven batters and issued three walks in the outing. Gray, the 2013 No. 3 overall draft pick, had struggled in his previous two starts, allowing a combined 11 earned runs on 13 hits and five walks in 10 2/3 innings. So the fact he was able to bounce back with his best start of the season is a very good sign. Overall, the 22-year-old right-hander owns a 3.66 ERA and 56-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 64 innings (12 starts). Gray is seemingly next in line for a call-up, as the Rockies already have promoted two pitching prospects (Eddie Butler, Christian Bergman) in less than a week, and 2009 first-rounder Tyler Matzek is set to make his major league debut Wednesday against the Braves.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 06:56:00 PM

Rockies right-handed pitching prospect Jonathan Gray struck out six batters in 5 1/3 innings on Monday, allowing four hits and one walk for Double-A Tulsa.

Over his past three starts, Gray has fanned 19 in 17 innings and opposing batters are hitting .155/.197/.190 off him. It appears that the real Jonathan Gray has stood up, and he could be carving up hitters for Triple-A Colorado Springs or the Rockies soon enough.
Tue, Apr 29, 2014 10:09:00 AM

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