Dodgers Nation got the chance to sit down with top prospect Josiah Gray. Los Angeles’ number five prospect talked about his experiences with Spring camp so far and how he’s adjusted to the organization. Gray was got his first Cactus League start with the team this afternoon.
The very first thing you notice about Gray is how well-spoken he is. He was full of energy and very quick to answer any questions and sure seems happy to be a part of the Dodgers organization.
In regards to who he has met, Gray has made sure to get to know every pitcher on the team. He made it a point to go up to the veterans and introduce himself while he had the time with them at big league camp.
I think growing up, I watched Clayton Kershaw, we all watched Clayton Kershaw. How good he was in his prime years, and watching him now he’s still a really good pitcher refining some things. And now watching his transformation is really intersting to see how he still continues to get outs.
In regards to superstitions and pregame rituals, Gray seems to be one of the more normal pitchers in the league. We’re all familiar with stories of the Dodgers’ Kershaw and Rich Hill who turn into a whole other animals in pregame prep. Gray spends his time in the weight room and getting mentally prepared for how he wants to attack hitters prior to starts.
I would say the superstitions are pretty normal to the point where it’s just like wear the same cleats or wear my pants the same way, or same socks or undershirt. Things like that, nothing too extreme.
In regards to being recently added to the top-100 prospects in baseball list, Gray was as humble as could be. He had seen the article on Twitter the morning it popped up but didn’t think too much of it.
Honestly, I didn’t really think too much into it. I know a lot of those publications think really highly of me, and I think highly of myself. But at the end of the day, I want to just go out there and make quality starts, be a good teammate for the guys. Whether it be top 100 or top 30 or whatever it may be-last guy on the 40-man roster, I just want to go out there and make my stamp.
The future is bright with guys like Josiah Gray in our system ready to go. The 22-year-old righty pitched to a terrific 2.37 ERA across his first two professional seasons, and Dodgers management has already loved what they’ve seen from him this far.
Look for him at Dodger Stadium VERY soon.