AZ Phil wrote:Gray has been showing a 94-97 FB with high RPMs, a 12/6 dive-bomb CV, and a sweeping CT/SL. He does have difficulty commanding his stuff sometimes (like today), but when he has command (like he did a couple of outings ago when he struck out eight in just 2.2 IP) he is almost unhittable.
Barring injury, I don't think there is any question that Drew Gray will be in the Myrtle Beach Opening Day starting rotation in 2022, probably with Luke Little, Luis Devers, Tyler Schlaffer, and Porter Hodge, and/or (hopefully) Koen Moreno and Benjamin Rodriguez.
Gray is certainly among the Cubs top ten pitching prospects right now (maybe even top five), in the same group as Brailyn Marquez, D. J. Herz, Jordan Wicks, Caleb Kilian, Ryan Jensen, Kohl Franklin, Riley Thompson, Alexander Vizcaino, and Daniel Palencia.
Goooood stuff on that velocity
1. Drew Gray: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 2/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Burl Carraway: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 12 pitches (8 strikes)
3. Luis Devers: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1/5 GO/AO, 41 pitches (26 strikes)
Reginald Preciado is in the box score, been a while, he singled and walked in 3 PAs. Ronnier Quintero did the catching today, maybe getting more exposure/experience with velocity after catching Ryan Jensen the other day. Pedro Ramirez went 2/4 with a 2B and SB in his stateside instructs debut, was arguably their top performer in the DSL this year hitting .359/.417/.503 with a sub-10% K rate
Longenhagen wrote this about Gray during the pre-draft:
As is typical for me, I’m bullish on athletes and projectable frames. You won’t see many of the hardest-throwing high school pitchers on this list since the track record of prospects like this is often very bad. Instead, I like wiry, broad-shouldered frames, graceful mechanics, and feel for a breaking ball. This describes Thatcher Hurd, Drew Gray, Braden Montgomery, Bubba Chandler, Mitchell Bratt, and Joshua Stewart.
Cubs did their homework and grabbed a top athlete (again) in the HS class