In December, the Dodgers traded Yasiel Puig and others to the Reds for two prospects and Homer Bailey. One of them, Josiah Gray, has been a roaring success this season ranks as the Dodgers fifth-best prospect.
Gray has been immensely good this year and has been promoted from Great Lakes (Low-A) to Tulsa (Double-A) between the start of the season and right now and between them he’s made 19 total starts with a 2.10 ERA and 103 innings pitched and 115 punchouts.
Gray started his career as a DII shortstop and converted to the mound in the Cape Cod collegiate summer league. He sports a 90-95 mile per hour fastball that reaches speeds as high as 97 miles per hour and the 21-year-old former infielder has used that and a great slider to get his outs this year.
Gray has been a massive breakout for the Dodgers since being acquired from the Reds and it would be foolish to flip the rising star so soon after acquiring him and given his immense and immediate success in the Dodgers’ system. This is a player the Dodgers should hold on to and utilize in the next few years given his rapid rise through the system. Gray is a keep without a doubt.