Josiah Gray
23-Year-Old PitcherP
Los Angeles Dodgers AAA
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It's been a couple years since the Dodgers swindled the Reds in the deal that sent Gray to Los Angeles. They already flipped Jeter Downs to get Mookie Betts and Gray should start making an impact in the majors early this season. The converted shortstop has only been pitching full time for a few years, so it's quite the feat that he is not only close to big-league ready, but that he is a good bet to have a long career as a starting pitcher. The 6-foot-1 righty has a trio of above-average to plus offerings (fastball, slider, changeup) and his athleticism allows him to command his pitches quite well. He could have debuted last year if there was a need, and the Dodgers' internal depth could result in his debut coming as a swingman or reliever -- Dustin May's usage over the past couple years should be instructive. That usage may be frustrating early on, but eventually he should settle in as a rotation fixture. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Reds in June of 2018. Traded to the Dodgers in December of 2018.
Promotion not imminent
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
May 4, 2021
Gray will open the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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Brook Smith of DodgersNation.com reports that manager Dave Roberts eschewed the idea of Gray getting the call to replace Dustin May (Tommy John surgery). A team with the Dodgers' talent and expectations isn't going to alter the developmental plan for one of its top prospects based on a need at the big-league level. Tony Gonsolin (shoulder) and David Price (hamstring) are just as likely to get healthy in time to take the fifth starter's spot as Gray is to impress enough in the short term at Triple-A.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
From a fantasy standpoint, Jeter Downs was the jewel of the Dodgers' return from Cincinnati for Yasiel Puig, but Gray might have more real-life value. An athletic 6-foot-1 righty who has only been working as a starter for two years (dating back to college), Gray's mid-90s fastball remains his top offering, but his above-average slider and average changeup improved in his first full season. He does not generate groundballs at a high clip, but could end up with plus command/control. Gray climbed from Low-A (21.6 K-BB%) to High-A (25.1 K-BB%) and finished the year with an impressive run (18.6 K-BB%) as one of the youngest pitchers in the Texas League. The fact that he has come this far in less than two years in pro ball is incredibly impressive, and suggests that there is still more room for growth. He could reach the majors this summer as a reliever/swing man and could join the rotation full time in 2021.
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Invited to big-league camp
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
February 16, 2021
Gray was invited to the Dodgers' big-league camp Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
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Named candidate to start Friday
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 29, 2020
Gray is an option to start Friday against Arizona, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Tosses four innings
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
July 17, 2020
Gray threw four innings in Thursday's intrasquad game, giving up one run on two hits and one walk while striking out four, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports.
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Gets summer camp invite
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
June 29, 2020
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Heads back to minors
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
March 6, 2020
Gray was reassigned to minor-league camp Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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