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Dodgers to promote Josiah Gray

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Dodgers will promote the prospect of top pitching Josiah Gray to make his Premier League debut tomorrow night, manager Dave Roberts told reporters (including Juan Toribio from MLB.com). Gray is not on the 40-man list, so there is one more step to make room for his official election.

Selected by the Reds in the second round of the 2018 draft from Division II Le Moyne College, Gray was traded to Los Angeles a few months later as part of the deal that sent Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati. The following season, he emerged as one of the game’s better prospects for pitching. He dominated across three minor league levels in 2019, demonstrating a mix of three pitches and surprisingly advanced command for a player who did not convert to full-time pitching until his final season at Le Moyne.

Into the year, Gray appeared on the top 100 prospect lists for each of Baseball America, Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs and Keith Law of the Athletic. Longenhagen was the most bullish of this trio and put the 23-year-old in the lead as the leading league overall. In his scout report, Longenhagen excited about Grey’s repertoire and strong quick command, noting that he plans to be a “mid-rotation stalwart” at his peak. BA and Law reiterated these sentiments, pointing to Grays’ continued development of his secondary pitches and strong understanding of pitching as reasons for optimism, which he will continue to improve.

Gray has reached Triple-A Oklahoma City for the first time this year, but a shoulder injury ruled him out for two months. He has only made four appearances because of it, but Gray has shown no difficulty adjusting to the highest level of minors. He has only allowed five runs across 15 2/3 innings and hits 22 while issuing a couple of walks.

Adding rotation assistance before the July 30 trading deadline figures to be a priority for the Dodgers. Los Angeles is tracking the Giants after a game in a tightly contested NL West. Gray pitching well right out of the gate would go a long way toward stabilizing the starting lineup, though that would likely be a target area for baseball operations president Andrew Friedman and his front office regardless of Grey’s early performance.

Although Gray is in the majors for good, he will not free agency until the end of the 2027. Season he is not destined for arbitration before the offseason 2024-25. Future optional tasks may push back projection of service time.

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