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.

White Sox shut down Lucas Giolito for remainder of season

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The Athletic’s James Fegan reports that the White Sox are shutting down starter Lucas Giolito for the remainder of a season. An MRI revealed a mild lat strain, which typically comes with a three- to four-week recovery timetable. The third-place, 65-84 White Sox have nothing left to play for, so it makes sense to play it safe with their prized young hurler.

Giolito, 25, had a breakout season. He went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and a 228/57 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings. He made his first All-Star team and will likely earn a few downballot votes for the AL Cy Young Award.

Giolito was scheduled to start Tuesday’s series opener against the Twins. Ross Detwiler will start in his place opposite Martín Pérez.