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Dodgers: MLB Expert Thinks Josiah Gray Will Have an Impact in 2021

The Dodgers top prospect should make a mark next season.



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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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Teams in the MLB would give most anything to have the problem the Dodgers have in so many young arms that need to be in the MLB. With Kershaw, Price, Buehler, Urias, slotted for the rotation they have Gonsolin, May, & Gonzalez as potential bullpen help.
    They have Gray who has impressed and White that pitched well in very limited use in 2020.
    Players like Uceta, Carrillo, Grove, and others are ready to play if not in 2021 then in 2022. Do they trade the surplus? They received kudos around the league for their 2020 drafting of Miller, Beeter, & Knack all plus pitchers with potential. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

  2. Dodgers should package Gonsolin, Lux, and Ruiz while their stock is high—perhaps to Tampa Bay for Snell? Let the young guys get acclimated to MLB by first pitching in the bullpen. Slots will open after 2021 when Joe Kelly and Kenley Jansen’s contracts are up

  3. A lot of minor league pitchers, as well as everyday players lost a year in 2020. Very few got a taste of MLB level ball in the shortened season. Gray would have come up for awhile last year in a 162 game season. He needs to come up for a while in 2021. He, and a whole lot of minor leaguers are just one year older with little to show for it.

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