The Colorado Rockies are in-need of a starter Tuesday night as they optioned Eddie Butler back to Double-A Tulsa, burning an option on the young right-hander. Will this be Jon Gray‘s chance to pitch at the Major League level?
Gray, 22, has pitched exceptionally well of late for the Tulsa Drillers. The 13th ranked overall prospect according to MLB.com threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings last Wednesday, allowing just one hit while striking out seven batters against Northwest Arkansas. Gray would notch his ninth win of the season.
Gray is currently 9-4 on the season with a 3.54 ERA. The flame-throwing righty has struck out 88 batters over 94 innings, walking just 28. A problem with Gray this season however has been working deep into games — which can be a problem with Colorado’s atrocious bullpen. Gray’s longest outing this season has been six innings which he has done just twice. An interesting thing to note is that Jon Gray’s next scheduled start also comes on Tuesday but don’t get your hopes up.