Colorado Rockies Top 20 Prospects

2) Jon Gray – RHP

Date of Birth: November 5th, 1991

Height/Weight: 6’4”/ 235 pounds

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Acquired: Drafted in 1st round (3rd overall) of 2013 draft 

Prior to the arrival of the Rockies new number overall prospect, RHP Jon Gray was the consensus number one. It’s not a big deal anyway, given the fact that Gray very likely won’t be on the prospect list for the Rockies much longer. Already called up for a short stint in 2015, Gray likely will start the 2016 season in the Rockies opening day rotation. Gray nearly made the Rockies rotation at the beginning of last season, but was given another half season in Triple A to further develop. In 21 starts in Triple A last season prior to his promotion, Gray pitched to a 4.33 ERA while striking out 110 and walking only 41. In his nine starts at the big league level last year, Gray compiled a 5.53 ERA with 40 strikeouts to only 14 walks.

Gray is known for his sheer size and the power behind his fastball. At 6’4” 235 pounds, Gray has a big frame that allows him to get a lot behind his best pitch, his fastball. He’s hit as high as 97 mph on his heater, although he sits in the mid-90s with that pitch consistently. Even more important for Gray, his fastball comes with great movement that allows him to keep hitters guessing. Both his slider and changeup should one day profile as plus pitches, giving him a good three pitch arsenal to work with going forward. The one concern for Gray is in his control, but if he continues to make adjustments at the big league level, he should become a consistent piece in the Rockies rotation for years to come.

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