Jonathan Gray's Positive Drug Test Shouldn't Hurt MLB Draft Stock
2013 MLB Draft pitching prospect Jonathan Gray tested positive for Adderall on Monday, but the result shouldn't affect his draft stock.
Gray was chosen by the Royals in the 13th round in 2010. The following year he was selected by the Yankees in the 10th-round, before transferring to OU. Gray is a rising prospect and a positive Adderall test won't derail his career or crush his draft stock.
Should MLB teams be wary of Gray?
Adderall is banned by the MLB, and Keith Law of ESPN reported that Gray did not have a prescription for it. Gray won’t be suspended by the University of Oklahoma, though, because it’s the first time he failed a drug test. His only consequence will be further testing, something that Sooners head baseball coach Sunny Galloway is confident Gray will pass with flying colors.
“[Gray is] who I want my son to grow up and be like—not play like,” said Galloway, according to John Shinn of The Norman Transcript. “He’s who you want your daughter to marry because of his character, the way he handles things, the way he works and the person that he is. He’s proven his mental toughness and he’s proven his self worth. I don’t think he needs to prove it any further.”
Galloway didn’t need to defend Gray. He or the future of Sooners baseball don’t benefit from a boost to the ace’s reputation.
There’s nothing stopping Gray from competing in the NCAA Super Regionals against LSU.
The pitcher is expected to sign with a professional ballclub after spending one year in junior college and two at Oklahoma.
There’s no reason to make assumptions that Galloway’s support of Gray isn't genuine.
“All the guy has done is gone out on the mound for two straight years and not even made me think about pulling him before the sixth or seventh inning,” said Galloway. “He’s an outstanding student-athlete. He has a ‘C’ on chest for a reason because he’s one of our captains. I don’t think Jonathan has to prove he’s tough enough to handle what’s being said about him or tough enough to handle what might happen in the Baton Rouge.”
Teams will need to take a deep a hard look at Gray's character, but this positive drug test shouldn't prompt teams to pass on him. Glowing reviews of his character should be encouraging to teams that are considering drafting him.
No reports of a troubled past connected to Gray surfaced. However, reports of him being a model citizen have. Until the former disprove the notion that his failed test is an isolated incident, his stock shouldn’t be influenced.
It seems as though this mistake was an aberration and not a foreshadowing of more positive drug tests to come.
David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and a news editor at Wade-O Radio.
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