Los Angeles cleared roster spots and salary when it traded Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp and Kyle Farmer to Cincinnati in December, and it also landed a pair of quality prospects in middle infielder Jeter Downs and Gray. The latter spent most of his first two seasons at NCAA Division II Le Moyne (N.Y.) as a shortstop before becoming a full-time pitcher in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2017. After he went 11-0 and ranked third in D-II with a 1.25 ERA last spring, he signed with the Reds for $772,500 as a supplemental second-round pick.
Gray works with a 90-95 mph fastball that tops out at 97 with nice carry in the strike zone, generating velocity with a quick arm and maintaining it deep into games. His low-80s slider shows sharpness and signs of becoming a plus pitch, though it lacks consistency and he sometimes struggles to command it. He didn't use his changeup much in college but made some progress with it in his pro debut and the Dodgers believe it could become a solid third offering.
The athleticism that made Gray a shortstop also allows him to pound the strike zone with his fastball. If he can refine his secondary pitches and command, he could become a mid-rotation starter. If he winds up in the bullpen, he might sit in the mid-90s with his lively heater.
RHP Josiah Gray assigned to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes from Dodgers Extended Spring Training.
RHP Josiah Gray assigned to Dodgers Extended Spring Training from Great Lakes Loons.
RHP Josiah Gray assigned to Great Lakes Loons from Ogden Raptors.
Los Angeles Dodgers traded RF Yasiel Puig, LF Matt Kemp, LHP Alex Wood, C Kyle Farmer and cash to Cincinnati Reds for RHP Homer Bailey, SS Jeter Downs and RHP Josiah Gray.