The Colorado Rockies are in obvious need of starting rotation help after the release of Jhoulys Chacin, followed by the groin injury to ace Jorge De La Rosa. Rockies fans, like myself, are clamoring for the team’s top prospect, Jon Gray, to be featured in the teams starting rotation. But is it the right move, both career and arbitration wise?
New general manager Jeff Bridich was asked by Rockies columnist Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, whether or not arbitration was a factor in the potential call-up of the flame-throwing righty.
"That is not part of our consideration,” he said. “Jon has pitched very well, but there still are a lot of things to consider, but the decision will not be based on (arbitration).”"
Gray has pretty darn well, might I add. So far in Cactus League play, Gray has made five appearances – two of those being starts. Over 13.0 innings pitched, Gray has given up just three runs-three earned, 11 hits, one walk and nine strikeouts to his credit. Opponents on the other hand are hitting a measly .224 against Gray.
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Gray, like fellow teammate Eddie Butler, has made big pitches in key situations. Flashback to Mar. 8, 2015, Rockies vs. Padres. With Gray ahead in the count 0-2 on catcher Wil Nieves, Gray would throw a hard slider away from Nieves to get the swing and the miss – ending the inning as the score remained 5-4 Rockies.
As we prepare for the season to start in a little over a week, don’t be too surprised if Jon Gray is left off of the Opening Day Roster – he won’t be down for long.