MLB Draft: Colorado Rockies Select Jonathan Gray 3rd Overall

by Chris Lacey | Posted on Friday, June 7th, 2013
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Jonathan Gray

The Colorado Rockies had a present gift-wrapped to them in form of right-hander Jonathan Gray from University of Oklahoma. Colorado needs a pitcher that rack up strikeouts, and Gray fits this profile perfectly.

One of his best assets is that he is a power pitcher, and his fastball can reach 100 mph. Colorado does not have many good arms in their system, and he could be one of the best that they have ever drafted.

The main issues with pitchers that are in Coors Field are that they either have to be a sinker ball pitcher or high strikeout pitcher.

There were some scouts who thought his team mate Dillon Overton was the top Sooner arm in this year’s class entering the season. Gray’s draft stock rose with each start he made this season.

He showed the ability to reach triple digit on the radar gun late in his starts, leaving no doubt in his ability to maintain his velocity. This is why some scout wants to compare him to Justin Verlander, as both can dial some more heat when they need to.

He has refined his slider into a wipeout pitch with depth and bite, and he can make hitters look silly with an improved changeup that bottoms out at the plate.

Gray has firmed up his frame to a solid 6-foot-4 and 239 pounds, and he has his delivery and his pitches more under control than ever.

He has maintained a high level of performance all spring, carrying an 8-1, 1.20 record with a 104-16 K-BB ratio and a .166 opponent average through his first 12 starts.

Gray will immediately become the Rockies top prospect in their system, and has a chance to make an immediate impact when he joins their starting rotation. This is also the third time that Gray has been drafted , but it looks like the third time will be the charm.

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Chris Lacey has been following baseball since he was 12 years old. His allegiances are with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays. Follow Chris on Twitter @aecanada12

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