Jonathan Gray to Make Pro Debut July 10th
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.--Jonathan Gray, the No. 3 overall pick in the MLB draft, will make his professional debut with the Grand Junction Rockies Wednesday, July 10 at Suplizio Field.
Pitching coach Ryan Kibler said the 21-year-old righty will be limited to two to three innings in his first start against Billings.
Gray will be between Peter Tago and Zach Jemiola in the rookie club's starting rotation, where he will work his way up to pitching five innings in a game.
According to Kibler, he is not expected to throw more than 40-45 innings this season.
The Rockies are taking it slow and limiting Gray's workload since he's already pitched more than 126 innings on the year at Oklahoma.
He went 10-3 with a 1.64 ERA and 147 strikeouts as the Sooners' ace this season.
Gray has a fastball that can reach 100 miles per hour and a killer slider as his secondary pitch, but his focus right now is on developing his changeup as a strong third pitch.
And, so far, so good for the first-rounder, who's been doing exactly what the coaches are looking for in his bullpen sessions.