As first reported by Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have agreed to terms with the third overall pick from last week’s 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray.
The financial terms have not been announced.
Gray holds maybe the highest upside of any pitcher in this year’s class. Featuring an upper-90s fastball, a deceptive changeup and a high quality slider, he posted a 1.64 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 147/24 K/BB ratio in 126 1/3 innings this season for the Sooners. There was also that positive predraft Adderall test.
The 21-year-old is going to start his professional career with the rookie-level Grand Junction Rockies.
UPDATE, 10:18 PM ET: Jim Callis of Baseball America says Gray’s signing bonus is worth $4.8 million.
The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”
Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.
If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.