Josiah Gray Ranked Top Dodgers Prospect In MLB Pipeline’s End Of 2020 Season Update

With Gavin Lux, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin all graduating from prospect status, a fresh batch of players found their way into MLB Pipeline’s end-of-2020-season, top 30 prospect rankings for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Among the newcomers include Andre Jackson, who placed No. 30 on the list. One of this year’s MLB Draft pick Landon Knack (No. 16) and Kendall Williams (No. 25), who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for Ross Stripling, are other first-timers included in the rankings.

As for the Dodgers’ top 10, it consists of a few familiar names that fans have gotten to know over the years. Leading the way is Josiah Gray, who was named the organization’s Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year last season.

More recently, the right-hander enjoyed an impressive Summer Camp in what was his first taste of big-league action. “I think I did pretty well, considering that lineup I had to face,” Gray said after an outing against the L.A. Angels.

“I got behind a couple too many hitters, but honestly other than that I felt my stuff was in the zone as much as it could be. There of course are some things to work on, but overall I’m happy with the outing.”

Rounding out the Dodgers’ top 10 rankings, in order, are Keibert Ruiz, Brusdar Graterol, Kody Hoese, Michael Busch, Diego Cartaya, Luis Rodriguez, Bobby Miller, Clayton Beeter and Mitch White.

Of the players included in the Dodgers’ top 10, three of them have contributed at the Major League level this season. Ruiz and White thrived in their limited opportunities, while Graterol has been a major part of the bullpen.

Moreover, Hoese, Busch, Cartaya and Rodriguez are holdovers from last year. Miller and Beeter, meanwhile, recently joined the organization after being selected in the 2020 MLB Draft.

Gray on facing Angels’ Mike Trout

Not only did Gray get an opportunity to pitch against the Angels this past July, he also was tasked with facing Mike Trout. “Facing a guy like Mike Trout, you try to stick to the scouting report as much as you can,” Gray said.

“We had a pretty thorough report on him and how I would utilize my stuff to try to get him out. At the end of the day, it’s just attacking the zone. I think we had two 3-2 counts, that’s more or less just me not executing my pitches.

“At the end of the day he walked and we got him to ground out. It’s going in, knowing our approach and where to get him out.”

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