The Dodgers are one of the best teams at growing young pitching. Year after year, we get to see the results of their deep system at the pitching level. From Julio Urias to Dustin May, fans in Los Angeles have got to witness the effects of growing young arms for years.
Entering the 2021 season, the Dodgers have more than a few arms ready to contribute. MLB prospect expert Jim Callis recently predicted that Josiah Gray would be the next arm to make a contribution at the big league level. Here is more from Callis on JoJo.
A Reds supplemental second-round pick in June 2018 who was stolen in the Yasiel Puig/Matt Kemp trade six months later, he stands out with an explosive 92-97 mph fastball, a low-80s slider and his competitive edge.
Gray impressed in his limited time at the Dodgers Summer Camp. In 2019, he was electric at Double-A Tulsa after being promoted twice. Gray tossed 29 innings and pitched to a 2.75 ERA with a decent strikeout rate.
The Dodgers were in a position where they did not need Gray in 2020, but he was certainly ready to contribute. They are already in a spot where they likely won’t NEED him in 2021, but the likelihood that he will be utilized is very high.
The trade that sent Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinatti was mostly viewed as a salary dump for the Dodgers. Fortunately, Gray has already evolved into their number 1 prospect just 2 years later. Gray is projected long-term to be a mid-rotation starter by experts as a guy who generates a lot of swings and misses. There’s a lot to love about the future of the starting rotation with Gray in the middle.
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