There’s A Brother On The Rubber In LA | Josiah Gray Time For The Dodgers

There’s A Brother On The Rubber In LA | Josiah Gray Time For The Dodgers

The reigning World Series Champions added another weapon to their arsenal after calling up their number one pitching prospect, Josiah Gray.  

 

The Dodgers added Gray to their Taxi Squad ahead of their crucial series against the first-place Giants this week.  Manager Dave Roberts told mlbbro.com he would be activated before Tuesday night’s game, but since he recently made a start for their Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City, the team will likely use an Opener and let Gray work most of his innings out of the bullpen. 

 

 

Gray wasn’t on the radar for most scouts while he attended New Rochelle High School in New York.  He committed to LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York as a two-way player; being the king of the infield at shortstop and controlling the game as a pitcher in 2014. 

“The athleticism that made Gray a shortstop translates well to pitching,” said scouts.  “He repeats his delivery well and shows the ability to harness his electric fastball and slider.”

Before his junior season, Gray decided to begin pitching full-time.  In 13 starts that season he posted an 11-0 record and a 1.25 ERA.

 The Cincinnati Reds selected him in the second round of the 2018 MLB Draft, but he was traded to the Dodgers that same year on his 21st birthday in a deal that sent MLBbro Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to Cincy.

Scouts are extremely high on Gray’s fastball which can reach up to 97 MPH and “seems to explode at the plate with riding and rising life.”  He also has worked to sharpen both his slider and an upper 70’s curveball while at the team’s alternate training site this season.

 

 

During the 2019 season, he dominated at each of his three stops in the Dodgers organization on the way to being named their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.  He had a 2.70 ERA with 147 strikeouts in 130 innings and an 11-2 record through 25 starts.

 Gray had his 2020 campaign lost after the minor league season was canceled due to Covid.

This season Gray has appeared in four games for the Dodgers Triple-A team, the Oklahoma City Dodgers.  He is 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA, 22 Strikeouts, two walks all while holding opponents to a .145 batting average. 

It’s been a great week for him, as he collected his first career hit last Thursday on an RBI hit to left.

 

 

Gray will have every opportunity to earn a prominent role on the Dodger pitching staff whether it be as a starter or out of the bullpen.  One thing is for certain, he’ll be pitching under the spotlight and with the eyes of baseball on him as he has entered one of the most competitive division races we have seen.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes |  Father Of MLBbro Joe Ross Makes Impactful Medical Save

Not All Heroes Wear Capes | Father Of MLBbro Joe Ross Makes Impactful Medical Save

The Washington Nationals retroactively placed veteran pitcher Joe Ross on the 10-day disabled list due to inflammation in his pitching elbow, per reports from MLB.com.

 

 

Before sustaining the injury, Ross was dicing on the mound. In one of his previous starts, the veteran struck out 11 batters in over six innings. In five of his last six starts, his walks plus hits per inning are an astounding 0.95 with an earned run average of 2.31.

 

 

Doctors informed Ross that the swelling would subside over the All-Star break and Nationals Manager Dave Martinez indicated to the media that all signs point to the veteran missing at least one game.

 

 

Ross’ father, Dr. Willie Ross, out of Stanford hospital, traveled to Oracle Park to watch his sons’ team play over the weekend. While enjoying the game, he noticed a woman in the area that seemed to be searching for air. With the special training in E.R. and western medicines, Dr. Ross, in a fell swoop, jumped into action to check on the inarticulate woman.

The female fan had pieces of a hotdog lodged in her windpipe that was cutting off her circulation. Dr. Ross leaped into action and started performing the Heimlich. The maneuver dislodged multiple portions of the frankfurter, which drew applause from the fan and the audience sitting adjacent to the scene.

 

 

Dr. Ross told MLB.com, “I saw her having some difficulties, and I saw her companion helping her out. I was watching, making sure she was OK. She gestured like she was OK, and I went over just to check, and she couldn’t talk. She needed some help. I don’t think a lot of people knew what was going on because they were focused on the game.”

He went on to say, “I’ve seen a lot. In the grand scheme of things, this was low on the totem pole. She was thankful, she was grateful, but she was also a little embarrassed because she is a nurse. She’s used to giving, not receiving.”

Oddly enough, this was not the first time Dr. Ross saved a fellow fan, as he once saved another woman who suffered a stroke at Amateur Field in San Leandro.

The Black man of medicine makes a habit out of being in the right stadium at the right time.

 

After things started getting back to normal, authorities and the medical staff associated with the stadium came to survey the elderly woman, but the crucial catch had already taken place. And unbeknownst to the people in charge,Dr. Ross’ superman cape was already stored away, and the retired nurse was able to enjoy the rest of the game.

Martinez, after the game, told the Associated Press that he did not notice what had taken place, but he gave high praise to Dr. Ross for taking action. He said, “Joe should be very proud of him.”

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David Grubb Drops Napalm On Stat-Inflated Season Of Jacob deGrom | It’s Still Dr. K & Bullet

Jacob deGrom is having an incredible season and threatening Bob Gibson’s all-time (modern era) ERA record for starters, set in 1968, which is also referred to as “The Year of the Pitcher.”

 

 

The numbers look great, but his total body of work falls well short of Gooden and Gibson’s historic seasons. MLBbro.com’s David Grubb offers some perspective.