BOSTON – It’s been quite a while since Josiah Gray has been on a Big League mound, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been putting in the work.


On May 20th, Gray posted on his social media that he had earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics from Le Moyne College in New York. He got his degree with Summa Cum Laude honors, meaning that he had a grade point average of around 3.9-4.0, and he was in the top 5% of students in the graduating class.



“Sometimes plans take a little longer than you expect… but in the process, dreams come true. I’m grateful to finish what I started 9 years ago,” Gray said on X when announcing his achievement. 


Where Is Josiah Gray From?


Gray was born and raised in New Rochelle, New York, going to the local high school, and then accepting his one and only scholarship offer for the Dolphins of Le Moyne College. He played there for his first three years, improving significantly each season, and then left school early to be drafted in the second round, 72nd overall in the 2018 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds.


He was with the Reds for about six months, but in December of 2018, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was the centerpiece of a return trade package that sent him, Homer Bailey, and Jeter Downs to the west coast in exchange for veterans Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, and Kyle Farmer.


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He would work in the Dodgers farm system for the next two and a half seasons, before making his debut for the Boys in Blue on July 20th, 2021 against the San Francisco Giants.


Josiah Gray Traded Several Times Before Finding Home In DC


He only suited up in the Dodger blue for less than two weeks, because on July 30th, he was once again the centerpiece of a return package, now being sent to Washington, D.C. to the Nationals with Keibert Ruiz, Gerardo Carrillo, and Donovan Casey for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner.

He’s been with the Nationals ever since, consistently improving his ERA each and every year. In 2023, he earned his first All-Star honors, and had a sub-4 ERA for the first time in his career, and has slowly become the ace of a young and rebuilding Nationals team.


Josiah Gray Has Had Injury-Plagued 2024


It’s been a rough start to say the least for Gray in 2024, as he’s only made two starts, but lost both of them. He went less than five innings in both starts, and has given up a total of 13 runs, with a 14.04 ERA. On April 9th, Gray was put on the IL with a right flexor strain in his elbow, and he’s been on the shelf ever since.


He has been making steady progress, as he was able to throw in a simulated game over the weekend at Nationals Park. Everything went well, but Gray will need a couple of more simulated games/rehab starts before he can make his return to game action, which the team is hoping can be around mid-June.



Whenever his return may be, he will be welcomed back with open arms. When he’s on top of his game, it’s very hard to stop him.

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