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55 Jon Gray SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/235 | Birthdate: 11/5/1991 | Birthplace: Shawnee, OK | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Colorado | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 23/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Rockies SP Jon Gray biding his time in Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) Rockies right-hander Jon Gray continues to build his case for a promotion to the big leagues. Gray, taken in the first round (3rd overall) by the Rockies in 2013, is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA in his last seven starts for Triple-A Albuquerque.

But he also has 49 strikeouts (to 17 walks) in that span. And, if it weren't for a start in which he allowed six runs, that ERA would be down to 3.34.

Meanwhile, Rockies' starters have the second-highest ERA (5.00) and the fewest strikeouts (334) in the National League.


Report: Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray could debut soon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Rockies premier pitching prospect Jon Gray could be promoted soon from Triple-A Albuquerque, according to MLB.com.

The 23-year-old Gray continued to shine Tuesday night when he held Las Vegas scoreless for six innings with eight strikeouts to lower his ERA to 2.87 over the last 10 starts. He has fanned 39 in his last 28 1/3 innings.

"The reports are good," Walt Weiss said. "He's working on some things that we felt he needed to work on, and he's made a lot of progress. He's had a good month or more, and he's startng to make some noise."


Rockies GM: We will continue to exercise patience with Jon Gray


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) With the Rockies in last place in the NL West and their chances of making the playoffs fading, calling up starting pitcher prospect Jon Gray could be an option to provide a spark and keep them in the playoff hunt. It seems Rockies manager Walt Weiss would be in favor of it.

"At some point, especially if we're in striking distance, yeah, you want to use all your weapons, absolutely," Weiss said of bringing up Gray, per The Denver Post. "No, I don't think it's early."

However, general manager Jeff Bridich isn't as eager to bring up the 2013 first-round pick, who has has logged 252 innings in the minors.

"Jon Gray is doing a great job right now of learning lessons and evolving at the Triple-A level," Bridich said. "So there are things that he needs to do and will continue to do. And we'll continue to exercise patience with him."

The top-100 prospect is 3-5 with a 4.88 ERA in 16 outings (15 starts) at Triple-A this season. He is 3-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his last 12 games.


Rockies don't appear on the verge of bringing up Jon Gray


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) After a rough start to the season, Rockies starting pitcher prospect Jon Gray has settled in with Triple-A Albuquerque. Gray is 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA and .233 opponents' batting average in his last nine starts after opening the season 0-3 with a 10.70 ERA and .400 opponents' average in his first four starts.

Despite his recent success, it doesn't sound as though the Rockies are on the verge of promoting the top-100 prospect.

"There's still a bit left in development for him," Rockies manager Walt Weiss told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday. "The consistency is starting to show up."


Rockies' Jon Gray on rough start: 'I'm not panicking'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray has posted a 9.13 ERA and 19:9 K:BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings over his first five appearaces (four starts) with Triple-A Albuquerque, but the top prospect says he's not in panic mode, the Denver Post reports.

"I just want people to see, to know, that I'm not panicking," Gray said. "There is a bigger picture here. There is a reason I have to go through some things."

Gray was solid in spring training but has yet to find his groove in the Pacific Coast League.

"Yeah, I think it's a little tougher than I thought it would be," Gray said. "I was facing major-leaguers during spring training and I didn't have this many problems. So, yeah, it's caught me off guard a little bit. But I have to accept that I still have things to learn."

Gray doesn't appear close to joining the major-league team, but the Rockies remain confident in his long-term outlook.

"The numbers don't tell the whole story," said Zach Wilson, the Rockies' senior director of player development. "I focus on the process more than I do the results right now, because I think the results are going to come. Right now, it's about the process."


Rockies SP prospect Gray struggles in season debut at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Rockies starting pitcher prospect Jon Gray followed Jorge De La Rosa, who was on a rehab assignment, during the season opener for Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday. Although, Gray did not have a good outing.

Gray, who was in competition for a rotation spot this spring, took the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and one walk in four relief innings. Gray, who entered the game in the fifth inning, allowed one home run and struck out two.

“I think that can be misleading,” Rockies starter Eddie Butler said of Gray's performance, per The Denver Post. “Coming into a game like that, when you are used to starting, can really throw you off.”


Rockies' Jon Gray fails to secure rotation spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray will not break camp in the team's rotation after being reassigned to minor-league camp Friday.

Gray, one of the organizations top pitching prospects, posted a 5.93 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio in 13 2/3 innings this spring. He'll likely make his major-league debut during the 2015 season after going 10-5 with a 3.91 ERA and 113:41 K:BB ratio in 124 1/3 innings with Double-A Tulsa last season.


Rockies SP Jon Gray gets back on track in minor-league game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray bounced back in a minor-league game Thursday on the back fields at Salt River.

Gray allowed seven runs -- six earned -- in just two-thirds of an inning Saturday against the Cubs and reported a groin strain after that outing. He got back on track Thursday, allowing three runs on three hits with two walks while striking out four in four innings against the Diamondbacks.

"This is the best I've felt all spring," Gray said, per the Denver Post. "I got over it today. My problem is not attacking the zone no matter what the situation is. You have to be the aggressor no matter what."

Though he is still in camp, Gray is likely off the Opening Day radar, per the Post.


Rockies' Jon Gray dealing with 'mild' groin strain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray said Sunday he's dealing with a "mild" groin strain, the Denver Post reports.

"I’m just a little bit sore from everything, from playing and from lifting," Gray said. "It’s just a little bit of soreness in my groin. I’ll be fine. There will be some treatment."

Gray surrendered seven runs (six earned) in just two-thirds of an inning Saturday. However, he believes he's ready to make his major-league debut in regular-season play.

"If I pitch the way I can, I’m definitely ready, but there are still things I have to learn," Gray said. "It’s far from perfection. There are obviously going to be thing I pick up as I go, but there is a lot of stuff I need to work on as well."

Gray said that he anticipates making his next start.


Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray struggles in rout


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Rockies top pitching prospect Jon Gray lasted just 2/3 of an inning Saturday against the Cubs, allowing seven runs, six earned, on four hits with two strikeouts.

Gray, who's ERA is now 5.93 this spring, is happy it happened now instead of during the regular season, according to the Denver Post.

"I would rather have a bad game the first outing, but it can't always be that way," Gray said. "This was unfortunate, but it's all about how you respond. I've responded well in the past, and I think I will be able to again."

Manager Walt Weiss still doesn't put all the blame on Gray for the struggles.

"We made it tough on him, and I think he made it tough on himself with a couple of bunts back to him," Weiss said. "We didn’t play well behind him. We looked up and he was 40 pitches in, and you don't want that in the first inning. So we got him out of there."


Bridich: Rockies' Gray's arbitration timeline won't impact decision


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said starting pitcher prospect Jonathan Gray's arbitration timeline will be a "non-factor" in deciding when the highly touted prospect will make his MLB debut, per The Denver Post.

"That is not part of our consideration," he said. "Jon has pitched very well, but there still are a lot of things to consider, but the decision will not be based on (arbitration)."

Gray, who is competing for the final spot in the rotation with Christian Bergman and Eddie Butler, is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five spring outings (two starts). He has nine strikeouts to one walk in 13 innings.


Report: Rockies' final rotation spot down to Gray, Bergman, Butler


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) The race for the fifth spot in the Rockies' rotation is down to Jon Gray, Christian Bergman and Eddie Butler, according to the Denver Post.

Gray has registered a 2.08 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP through 13 Cactus League innings. He has yet to pitch above Double-A. Bergman, who was a replacement call-up in 2014, has posted a 2.31 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP through 11 2/3 innings of work this spring. Butler, who struggled during his callup in 2014, has a 3.12 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP through 8 2/3 innings this spring.


Rockies' Gray on making MLB debut: I want it to happen at the right time


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Rockies starting pitcher prospect Jon Gray is making a strong push for the final spot in the team's rotation, posting a 2.08 ERA in five spring outings (two starts). However, if Gray is asked to spend more time in the minors, he appears to be OK with that decision.

"I want everything to happen at the right time," Gray said, per The Denver Post. "I wouldn't like to be the guy who gets rushed up and does bad and gets sent down. I'm really close to being ready. And maybe these last couple outings can decide if I'm ready."


Rockies pitcher Jon Gray making case for roster spot


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray tossed four scoreless innings Monday against the Brewers, topping out on his fastball at 97 mph, according to the Denver Post.

Gray allowed two hits with two strikeouts. Of the 44 pitches he threw, 33 went for strikes.

With a roster spot open after the team cut pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, Gray may slide into a rotation role, but he isn't worrying about that just yet.

"It's something I have thought about, but I didn't let it eat me up," Gray said. "The only thing I can control is going out there and pitching."


Rockies P Jon Gray to make start Monday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Rockies prospect Jon Gray will make the start Monday against the Brewers, per The Denver Post. Gray is coming off a start last Wednesday in which he gave up his first runs of the spring - three in the first inning - before settling down. 

Rockies' Jon Gray overcomes rough first inning Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray surrendered three earned runs -- all in the first inning -- in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks, giving up five hits and striking out two in three innings of work.

Gray entered the game with six scoreless innings in two appearances but took an inning to settle down Wednesday.

"I was really feeling too good -- it was a night game, I slept in, all that stuff," Gray said after the outing, per MLB.com. "All I wanted to do was go. Everything that I had been working on, like staying direct at the target … I started flying open, not staying over the rubber. Everything stayed up, belt-high. It took so long to be able to settle down."

Gray, the team's top-rated prospect, went 10-5 with a 3.91 ERA and 113:41 K:BB ratio in 124 1/3 innings over 24 starts with Double-A Tulsa last season.

"If I was in the same spot last year, it would have gone south," Gray said. "I should have taken care of the first inning. But I'm just glad I made some changes out there, positive."


Rockies pitcher Jon Gray throws two scoreless innings Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray was able to work two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. The prospect was able to get something to work off of as well: a strikeout on slugger Paul Goldschmidt.

Gray burned a 97 mph fastball past the power hitter and felt great afterward.

"I was saving that one for him," Gray said. "I knew I was going to need it. I was thinking 'grip and rip' on this one."

Gray also got back to what he knew best in his outing.

"I kind of went to the basics and focused on the target," Gray said. "At first, I was seeing the batter, the catcher, the plate, everything. But after that, I focused on the glove, got my deep breath in and threw."


Rockies' Jon Gray happy to have his velocity back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Rockies pitcher Jon Gray is glad to have his velocity back this spring, according to MLB.com.

Gray dealt with shoulder fatigue last season, which limited his ability to get his fastball up into the triple-digits. That hasn't been a problem during camp. "This is the first time I felt this strong since early [Class A Advanced] Modesto," Gray said. 

Teammate Corey Dickerson came away impressed. "He was one of the best pitchers today because he was painting or barely missing -- one or two inches out of the zone -- and looked smooth, not nervous, but confident," Dickerson said.

Gray believes the added velocity should help his changeup this season. "I developed a really good changeup. It was my strikeout pitch of the year. I'll take that into this year with my fastball. It's going to be awesome."

Gray is expected to compete for a spot in the team's rotation this spring. Though he's likely to start in the minors, he should reach the majors at some point this year.


Jon Gray takes loss after working on perfect-game bid


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Rockies starting pitcher prospect Jon Gray took a perfect game into the sixth inning Wednesday for Double-A Tulsa, but ended up losing a close game, as Tulsa fell 1-0. 

Gray started fast by striking out five of the first six batters he faced. He retired 17 straight batters before Arkansas designated hitter Andy Workman singled in the sixth inning. He would eventually score the decisive run, sending Gray to the loss. 

The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and no walks in six innings. He struck out a season-high eight batters.

Gray has allowed just one run in his last two starts (11 2/3 innings) after yielding 10 runs (nine earned) in his first two starts (6 2/3 innings).

"[Ground balls were] a little bit of a priority in college," Gray told MLB.com. "But being with the Rockies, you hear a lot about playing in Coors Field, and that's one of the things -- keeping the ball down. It's definitely something I've been working on for a while now. I think (Wednesday), I really took a good step in that direction."


Jon Gray back on track at Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) After two rough starts to open the season at Double-A Tulsa, Rockies starting pitcher prospect Jon Gray got back on track in his last start. Gray tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out five.

The 2013 first-round pick (No. 3) is 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA and 1.38 WHIP through three starts. The numbers are elevated because Gray allowed six runs on seven hits in two-thirds inning during his second start.

Gray has struck out 11 batters in 12 1/3 innings, while allowing three walks and two home runs.


Rockies send down pair of top pitching prospects


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) The Rockies have optioned right-handers Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler to minor-league camp Saturday. Butler and Gray are considered the Rockies' top pitching prospects.

Jon Gray throws two scoreless innings in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Rockies pitching prospect Jon Gray allowed two hits and one walk while striking out two in two scoreless innings in his team's 8-1 loss to the Mariners Monday.

Gray was rated a top-15 prospect by both Baseball America and MLB.com this offseason and could make his MLB debut later this year if he progresses quickly. He went 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in nine starts between two levels last season.


Rockies' SP prospects could be worth a gamble on Draft Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) In case you missed it, Rockies chairman and CEO Dick Monfort was very forthcoming with information when he was chatting with fans on Twitter Tuesday. One of the more interesting tidbits was his take on pitching prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler both being in the majors by "late summer."

Butler is not really surprising. He progressed all the way to Double-A last season and has been dominant since being a 2012 first-round pick. Butler is 16-6 with a 1.90 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 41 career appearances (40 starts). Butler will likely open the year at Triple-A, but it wouldn't be surprising if he's an early recall due to injury or the ineffectiveness of whoever wins the final spot in the team's rotation this spring. Butler is definitely an impact arm and can certainly be considered a draft-and-stash option in deeper formats.

However, the mention of Gray is intriguing. The 2013 first-round pick (third overall) was pretty stellar after turning pro, going 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in nine starts between Rookie League and Class A last year. He even had a 51-to-8 strikeout to walk ratio in 37 1/3 innings.

You never know what's truly going to impact a team's decision to bring up a prospect, but don't be surprised if Gray does debut this season. Stephen Strasburg needed just 11 minor-league starts before he got the call to the majors and he's done pretty well since debuting. Gray has the same high-end potential and could easily breeze through the minors. 

If you asked me last week if Gray was worth drafting, I would say no way. But after hearing Monfort's comments, if you can afford a bench spot in deeper formats, Gray might just be worth the gamble.


Jonathan Gray, Eddie Butler could 'potentially' debut late summer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Rockies chairman and CEO Dick Monfort was asked on Twitter Tuesday his thoughts on how soon Colorado fans can expect to see starting pitcher prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler in the majors. 

Monfort responded: "Gray and Butler could potentially be pitching at Coors Field by late summer."


Rockies will have 24 non-roster invites in spring camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2014) The Rockies announced Tuesday 24 players received non-roster invites to spring training. The roster breakdown is 12 pitchers, four infielders, two outfielders and six catchers.

The pitchers are Christian Bergman, Brooks Brown, Greg Burke, Eddie Butler, Manny Corpas, Yohan Flande, Jonathan Gray, Pedro Hernandez, Chris Martin, Nick Masset, Scott Oberg and Josh Sullivan.

The four infielders are Paul Janish, Angelys Nina, Ben Paulsen and Rafael Ynoa. The two outfielders are Jason Pridie and Tim Wheeler.

The six catchers are Ryan Casteel, Dustin Garneau, Matt McBride, Michael McKenry, Tom Murphy and Jackson Williams.

Gray, Butler and Murphy are among the team's top prospects.