5 Things Colorado Rockies Fans Need To Know About Jon Gray

By Pete Schwichtenberg

5 Things Colorado Rockies Fans Need To Know About Jon Gray

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Although many players have continued to hit all season, injuries and pitching failures have hampered the Colorado Rockies. Instead of competing for the National League West, the Rockies are in the mix for the No. 1 draft pick and the worst record in baseball. With a look to the future, here are five things Rockies fans should know about top prospect Jon Gray.

5. Oklahoma Success

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5. Oklahoma Success

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Jon Gray was not expected to be a top five selection entering his junior season at Oklahoma, but his stellar year helped him earn a top stop. In 17 college starts, Gray went 10-3 while striking out 147 batters. These great numbers made him the 3rd pick of the 2013 MLB draft.

4. Blazing Fastball

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4. Blazing Fastball

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Gray can certainly crank up his fastball. He is a power pitcher who brings a fastball that touches triple digits when he needs to.

3. Top MLB Prospect

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3. Top MLB Prospect

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As the top prospect in the Rockies system, Gray has already made it to AA Tulsa. He is not only a top Rockies prospect, but MLB.com ranks Gray as the 14th best prospect in baseball and the fifth best right-handed pitcher.

2. Minor League Winner

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2. Minor League Winner

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Through Gray's first 31 career minor league starts, he has gone 14-5 with a 3.38 ERA and struck out over a batter per inning. Although he was roughed up early, he has found command and worked his ERA to a solid 3.85 in his first full season.

1. Coors Field Ace

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1. Coors Field Ace

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Coors Field and pitching often don't mix, but Jon Gray can quickly change that. While others like Mike Hampton have failed to be successful, Gray has the stuff to be a Coors Field ace. His blazing fastball and ability to keep balls in the park will help him to be the leader of the Rockies staff for the next decade.

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