Goatriders of the Apocalypse

Jeff Gray

Jeff Gray
Even though he's totaled only 31 major league innings of his own, I feel like I understand the Cubs' interest in Jeff Gray a lot more than I do their feelings toward Justin Berg.

In those 31 innings, Gray totaled 23 strikeouts and allowed just five walks. His strikeouts per nine innings rate could be higher, but that's solid control.

And it's a skill he's demonstrated throughout his career. The highest walk rates he's ever posted came in 2007 and 2008, in Triple A both times, and were barely above 3.00. And when Gray went back down to Triple A in 2009, he only walked six batters in 41 innings.

The kid's got good stuff, too. His average fastball velocity clocks in around 94mph, and he's also got a slider, curve, and change in his repertoire.

From the limited sample available, Gray's numbers make it seem like he stands a decent chance of contributing to the major league club's bullpen once his groin strain heals up. Apparently that might take a while, though? Oh well.

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