Jonathan Gray has officially joined the Colorado Rockies after agreeing to a $4.8 million signing bonus on Wednesday. Jim Callis, executive editor of Baseball America, tweeted:
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 13, 2013
It should be noted that the $4.8 million Gray signed for is well below the $5,626,400 assigned pick value for the No. 3 spot in the draft.
He will start the season in Grand Junction, the Rockies' Rookie league affiliate. He went 10-3 with a 1.64 ERA and 147 strikeouts at Oklahoma this year.
So, what can Rockies fans expect? The first thing is for Gray to make gradual progress this year; he's already pitched 126.1 innings on the year. At most, he'll throw 60 more innings in Grand Junction...if that.
Can Jonathan Gray succeed as a power pitcher at Coors Field?
Gray's Probable Rise Through Minors
Gray is going to get his feet wet this year in rookie ball and will likely finish the year with a start or two at Class-A Tri-City.
Next year will likely see him go through Class-A Asheville, Class-A (Advanced) Modesto and (possibly) Double-A Tulsa at the end of the year. Once his second full season begins in 2015, he'll spend time in Triple-A, with a possible promotion to the big leagues late in the season.
This is all assuming that there are no injuries or hiccups in his development. At the very latest, Gray should be in the big leagues to begin the 2016 season. Even with success at every stop, the biggest question will be if he can succeed as a power pitcher at Coors Field.
If and when Gray makes it to the big leagues, will he suffer the same fate as Ubaldo Jimenez, and others before him?
I guess we'll get to debate that question until the day Jonathan Gray makes his debut in Colorado.