Colorado Rockies roster move: Jon Gray optioned to Albuquerque
In a surprising move, the Colorado Rockies just announced that they optioned the man who started the NL Wild Card game for the Rockies last season and the guy that was supposed to be their ace for 2018, Jon Gray, to Triple-A Albuquerque.
The Colorado Rockies, before their game with the Los Angeles Dodgers at 5:15 PM MT that will be nationally televised on FOX, announced, in a shocking move, that they have optioned starter Jon Gray to Triple-A Albuquerque.
In a corresponding move, they recalled outfielder Raimel Tapia from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Gray, who will be 27 in November, has had a rough 2018 campaign as he has a 7-7 record with an ERA of 5.77 in 17 starts. His WHIP is 1.489 and he leads the National League in hits allowed (108) and earned runs allowed (59).
His FIP, however, paints a much different picture as it is a very good 3.07. As our own Jake Shapiro noted on Twitter, that is the biggest difference in a qualifying season in MLB history.
As he also noted on Twitter a few moments ago, Jon Gray, by the stat fWAR, which is Fangraphs’ version of WAR, Gray is actually the 13th best pitcher in all of baseball.
For Tapia, he has done very well in Triple-A Albuquerque in 74 games as he is 97-for-361 with 61 runs, 25 doubles, 7 triples, 10 home runs, 48 RBI, and a slash line of .308/.353/.527.
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It will be interesting to see what the Rockies decide to do with their rotation now that Gray is in Albuquerque.
They could decide to go with a 4-man rotation or move somebody else into the starting rotation. Some candidates for that could be Yency Almonte, Antonio Senzatela, and Jeff Hoffman.
Also, it will be interesting to see how long the Rockies plan on keeping Jon Gray in Albuquerque.
However long it is, this move should definitely provide him (and the team, in general) with a wake up call.