The rookie pitcher Josiah Gray it has nothing to do with pitchers Reds and Rckies aces, Sonny Gray and Jon Gray (in that order). Josiah moved directly into the rotation of the Washington Nationals after the Los Angeles Dodgers trade and immediately looked like an impact starter at just 23 years old.
The 6-foot-1 right-hander has a 2.86 ERA with 22 strikeouts and just five walks in four starts (22 innings) for Dave Martinez’s Nats.
In particular, his seven earned runs have come in home runs. Gray has averaged 94.6 mph on his four-seam fastball in the majors and throws the fastball about half the time. What other pitches does he handle?
His low 80s curveball is his best missed swing shot, generating fans on 56.1 percent of swings made against him. He’ll also work on a mid-80s slider and the occasional high-spin switch, but it’s notable that 30 of his 35 strikeouts between the two major league stops have come off the fastball or around the corner.
For its part, Edward cabreraThe 23-year-old, 1.96-meter tall, is the tougher pitcher of the two with a fastball that can hit triple digits and will typically sit around 93-97 mph with plenty of sinker life. What is the rest of your repertoire?
His controlled slider also gets positive ratings and he’s worked enough on a change for that tone to have above-average potential as well. Does not throw curve.
Cabrera experienced shoulder problems in 2020 that prevented him from making his debut last season, and a swollen nerve in his right bicep also got him off to a slow start in 2021.
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But lately he was showing off his dominant self, having struck out 40 batters in his last four starts (20 2/3 innings) at Triple-A Jacksonville. He has thrown at least 86 pitches in each of those outings, an indication that he is ready for a full workload in Wednesday’s arc.