Rockies calling up prospect Jon Gray for his MLB debut

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Rockies pitching prospect and No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft Jon Gray is headed to the big leagues and will make his MLB debut Tuesday against the Mariners.

Gray starred at the University of Oklahoma and was selected after Mark Appel went to the Astros and Kris Bryant went to the Cubs. And he beats Appel to the majors, arriving at age 23 despite relatively underwhelming numbers in the minors.

Gray started 20 games at Triple-A this season with a 4.33 ERA and 110/41 K/BB ratio in 114 innings. In fairness Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League is a very tough environment for pitchers, but Gray also posted a 3.91 ERA and 113/41 K/BB ratio in 124 innings at Double-A last season.

His raw stuff is a lot more impressive than his performance thus far and it’s worth noting that Gray has pitched very well of late with a 2.90 ERA and 82 strikeouts in his last 80 innings. He’s considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball.

Reds top prospect Nick Senzel to undergo season-ending surgery

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Reds no. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Saturday. Senzel tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and is not expected to make a full recovery before the 2018 season comes to a close, though any offseason activity has not yet been ruled out.

Prior to the start of the season, MLB Pipeline ranked the 22-year-old infielder first in the Reds’ system and sixth in the league overall. He made a fine impression in his debut with Triple-A Louisville, too, slashing .310/378/.509 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. A call-up seemed inevitable at some point in 2018, though the Reds will now have to shelve any immediate plans for the third baseman as he works through a lengthy recovery process in order to take the field sometime in 2019.

Impressive numbers notwithstanding, it’s been a rough year for Senzel. He missed nearly a month after another chronic bout of vertigo and logged just 21 games in Louisville before landing on the disabled list again. This appears to be the first significant injury of his professional career so far.