In his first full season in the big league rotation, Jon Gray took strides toward becoming the frontline arm the Rockies were hoping for when they selected him with the third overall pick in the 2013 draft. He improved on many fronts, raising his K/9 to an outstanding 9.9, increasing his GB/FB ratio to 1.65 and upping the average velocity of his fastball above 95 mph. Walk rate was one of the few areas that saw a slight regression, as his BB/9 increased ever so slightly to 3.2. His ERA, although improved from 2015, still sat at a less than desirable 4.61, although his 3.60 FIP suggests luck wasn't on his side. All in all, 2016 was a step forward for Gray, and at only 24 years old, he should continue to progress as he works toward being the top gun in the Rockies rotation. Coors Field will never be his friend, but he was actually better at home (3.16 FIP) than on the road (4.05 FIP) last season, suggesting that he is capable of handling the thin Rocky Mountain air.
Gray (toe) will throw against batters Wednesday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. Since being pulled from a game less than a week ago with a toe injury, the club has reported that Gray's health has significantly improved. He's slated to throw 80-90 pitches against Rockies minor leaguers Wednesday. There's yet to be any word regarding his availability for the start of the season, but more information should be available following Wednesday's workout.
Gray (foot) is not expected to miss any additional time after his early departure from Friday's outing, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. "It's just a little bit sore. it's getting better day by day. We are just going to take it easy and try to get it back to 100 percent as quick as we can," said Gray. The Rockies' ace left Friday's start against the Giants with what was initially reported as left foot soreness, but has since been diagnosed as an issue with his big toe. With Opening Day approaching, the Rockies' coaching staff simply did not want to push Gray and risk any further injury. According to Saunders, Gray is aiming to stretch out to 90 pitches in his final spring outing before the Rockies wrap up spring training.
Gray left Friday's outing due to left foot soreness, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports. The Rockies' top pitcher had an early departure from his outing Friday, and because he didn't appear to be favoring anything as he left the mound with the Rockies' training staff. It has since been diagnosed that his left foot, the front foot in his delivery, was ailing him. The extent of his injury has yet to be revealed, so it should just be considered soreness at this time.
Gray (undisclosed) had an early exit from Friday's outing and walked off the field with the Rockies' training staff, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. This is certainly a concern for Gray and the Rockies as the young right-hander was lining himself up to be the Opening Day starter. Harding noted that Gray didn't appear to be favoring any one body part, so it's unclear at this time what the exact issue is. More information regarding Gray's early exit should be made available following Friday's game.
Gray has been solid this spring, allowing one run on three hits to go with three strikeouts in four Cactus League innings. The 25-year-old is experimenting with a new changeup grip this spring, and the early returns are certainly promising. The lone run he allowed was on a home run, but outside of that blemish, he's been impressive to begin the spring. Gray is vying for the honor of being the Opening Day starter, and although manager Bud Black is remaining noncommittal as of now, the former first-rounder seems like a frontrunner for the nod. Regardless, Gray will look to shoulder a bigger load in 2017 as one of the leaders in a youthful Rockies rotation.