June 6, 2013
Kyle Laferriere-USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Gray came into this draft considered one of the top pitchers available and a future ace. Now he'll have a chance to fulfill those expectations with the Colorado Rockies after being selected No. 3 overall.
Major League Baseball had the news via Twitter:
The 6'4", 240-pound junior was fantastic for Oklahoma this past season, going 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA and 138 strikeouts (second in the nation) in 119 innings, while walking just 22 batters.
Boasting a fastball that touches 100 mph, a nasty slider and a curveball and changeup to round out his repertoire, Gray was a handful for hitters in college and should miss plenty of bats as he further develops as a pitcher.
There's a reason he's drawn comparisons to Roger Clemens, folks.
This is isn't the first time he's been drafted, either, as he was selected in the 13th round of the 2010 draft by the Kansas City Royals and in the 10th round of the 2011 draft by the New York Yankees.
Gray also raised a few eyebrows before the draft, testing positive for Adderall without a prescription according to Keith Law of ESPN. Gray will not be suspended since he was not yet a professional player, but he'll surely face additional scrutiny moving forward.
He'll have plenty of scrutiny without any Adderall concerns, considering he could have a very short journey between college ball and the big leagues. Like fellow top pitching prospect Mark Appel, Gray is very seasoned and should make the jump to the majors before long.
Don't be surprised to see Gray appearing in the big leagues as soon as the 2015 season.
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