It’s the offseason, so what better way to spend our time than thinking ahead to what could happen in the 2021 season. It’s hard to top a year in which your franchise wins their first World Series in 32 years, but that’s what the Dodgers are looking to do. Part of that success will likely once again come from the organization’s depth in the minor leagues.
The Dodgers have done an amazing job in scouting arms and building them up at the minor league level. This has been one of the main goals set forth by new ownership when they took over following the dreadful Frank McCourt era. One of the latest arms that the team is excited to see is Josiah Gray.
Gray was recently listed on MLB’s early picks for the 2021 Rookie of the Year candidates. Josiah was the pick for the Dodgers as MLB writers chose one player from every organization. Gray was part of the trade that sent Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp, and Kyle Farmer the Reds in December of 2018. Los Angeles also ended up with Jeter Downs in that trade, who was later flipped to Boston in the Mookie Betts deal.
Gray is a converted shortstop turned star pitching prospect. The Reds picked him up in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft and now ranks as the Dodgers top prospect. His pitch mix features a fastball that tops out around 97 mph and a slider that experts think can end up being a plus pitch for him.
If Gray were to win the Rookie of the Year Award in 2021. he would be the third Dodgers player in the last 6 years. A little early, but Gray’s early numbers would suggest that he is more than ready to take on the role.