Jonathan Gray is projected to go after one of the first few picks in the 2013 MLB Rule 4 Draft, which will take place on Thursday night. He is one of the top prospects eligible for the draft and enters the NCAA Super Regionals with a 1.59 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 119 innings.
It has recently been reported that he tested positive for Adderall during a pre-draft drug test. Although this positive test will more than likely not affect his draft status, teams should be careful if they are going to draft Gray on Thursday. It might not be worth the risk.
There are no Stephen Strasburgs or Bryce Harpers in this year’s draft class, but there is talent. Gray is a talented prospect and has dominated the college game, but clearly the use of Adderall has become a problem in professional sports and it might raise a red flag to know that Gray has already been exposed to it in college.
The knock against professional athletes using Adderall is that it provides an unfair advantage because it helps them focus. The drug is commonly used for people who have ADHD, and a pitcher could be using it to get better focus on the strike zone.
Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies was suspended for the first 25 games of this season for testing positive for Adderall for a second time. The last thing that any team that drafts Gray needs is a suspension for one of their top prospects.
A lot is invested in a top-five pick, which Gray is projected to be. There is no denying his talent, and I won’t even go as far as to say the use of Adderall has enhanced his performance. All I can say if a team is going to draft him, they better be sure that this was a mistake by Gray, and not a continued problem.