Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/6/13
The Colorado Rockies had a present gift-wrapped to them in form of right-hander Jonathan Gray from University of Oklahoma. Colorado needs a pitcher that rack up strikeouts, and Gray fits this profile perfectly. One of his best assets is that he is a power pitcher, and his fastball can reach 100 mph. Colorado does not have many good arms in their system, and he could be one of the best that they have ever drafted. The main issues with pitchers that are in Coors Field are that they either have to be a sinker ball pitcher or high strikeout pitcher. There were some scouts who thought his team mate Dillon Overton was the top Sooner arm in this year’s class entering the season. Gray’s draft stock rose with each start he made this season. He showed the ability to reach triple digit on the radar gun late in his starts, leaving no doubt in his ability to maintain his velocity. This is why some scout wants to compare him to Justin Verlander, as both can dial some more heat when they need to. ...
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