Josiah Gray

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Josiah Gray
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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Josiah Gray was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2nd round of the 2018 amateur draft, out of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY, not a traditional baseball powerhouse. He had been an infielder in high school, and only an occasional pitcher throwing in the mid-80s, something that did not attract much interest from college recruiters, explaining how he ended up in a small NCAA Division II school. However, after being used more often as a pitcher at LeMoyne, he increased his fastball velocity to 94, became the ace of its pitching staff and led the team to the 2018 Division II Regionals for the East Region, establishing himself as a draft prospect in the process.

He made his professional debut that season with the Greeneville Reds of the Appalachian League, going 2-2, 2.58 in 12 games, all starts. He allowed just 29 hits in 52 1/3 innings, while striking out 59, very good numbers albeit at a low level. Still, he was clearly a top prospect, and on December 21st, he was packaged alongside another similarly promising very young player, IF Jeter Downs, as well as the remaining contract of P Homer Bailey (who was immediately released), and sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers in return for four major leaguers: OFs Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, P Alex Wood and C-3B Kyle Farmer. The deal was designed to clear roster and salary space for the Dodgers to proceed with the signing of a top-rank free agent, rumored to be OF Bryce Harper.

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