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The Bravos look to make it five wins in a row today. They’ll do so against newly-acquired Starting Pitcher, Josiah Gray. Gray was traded to Washington as part of the return package for Max Scherzer & Trea Turner. This will be his first road start at the Major League Baseball level.
He’s got three career starts & is looking for his first career win; his MLB career record is 0-0. He’s logged fifteen strikeouts over thirteen innings with a 4.85 ERA & 1.38 WHIP.
He was born without a middle name in New Rochelle, New York in December of 1997. He played baseball on scholarship at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. He split time between pitching & shortstop his first two seasons at Le Moyne before transitioning to pitching full time.
As a junior he went 11-0 with a 1.25 ERA over thirteen starts. He also played summer ball in the Cape Cod League in 2017 for the Chatham Anglers. The team made famous when Freddie Prinze Jr starred in “Summer Catch”.
Gray was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds with the 72nd overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He was traded to the Dodgers in December of that year with Jeter Downs & Homer Bailey in exchange for Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Kyle Farmer, & cash. In other words, the Reds got fleeced by the Dodgers.
At this year’s deadline, he was on the love once again as he was traded to the Washington Nationals alongside Keibert Ruiz, Donovan Casey, & Gerardo Carrillo.
Gray debuted for Washington on August 2, 2021 vs the Philadelphia Phillies. He allowed four hits and one run over five innings for no decision.