The Dodgers are scrambling for any healthy arm they can find to help patch up their depleted bullpen and starting rotation. While some pitchers have exceeded expectations, others have looked overmatched and have done more harm than good.
With the urgent need for quality pitching, you would think Los Angles would turn to its top pitching prospect, especially after he was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2019. Josiah Gray quickly rose through the minors that year thanks to a combined 2.28 ERA with 147 strikeouts over 130 combined innings.
So where has Jojo Gray been?
However, the 23-year old prospect has only started in 3 games this year thanks to a right shoulder impingement he suffered after his first appearance. After almost two months on the sidelines, Gray has started to build back up in the hopes he could return to this 2019 form.
His latest start should spark a lot of excitement that 2019 Gray is making a comeback. On Saturday, Gray was almost perfect against the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. It only took him 53 pitches to retire 12 of the 13 batters he faced. He ended up finishing his night allowing one hit and no runs while sticking out 4 in 4 innings pitched.
Gray allowed an infield single in the 4th but gets through the entire inning before reaching his pitch limit. Gets a big chest bump from pitching coach Jamey Wright when walking into the dugout.
Line: 4.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Retired 12 of 13 batters faced. 53 pitches total.
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With his night over, Gray could be seen celebrating his solid outing with his pitching coach Jamey Wright. That kind of production is just what the Dodgers desperately need in the second half. Of course, Gray still needs to continue to build himself back up and will need a few more outings like this last one before the big league club comes calling.
If he continues to build off of this performance, we could very well be seeing him take the mound in Los Angeles sooner rather than later.