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Astros, Cubs and Rockies eye 100-MPH prospect

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08:25 AM ET 04.19 | Yankees fans may remember the name. The 100-mph-throwing University of Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray, who rejected a Yankees offer for about $500,000 two years ago as a 10th-round selection, made a wise decision. He has shot up the board and is now projected to be a top-five pick in the draft, maybe even top two. One NL scout summed up like this: "Really good. Power arm rumored to have touch 103." The 103 figure couldn't be verified, but scouts said he hit 101 in several recent games. ... The Astros, Cubs and Rockies, the teams holding the first three selections in this June's first-year (amateur) player draft, are said to have blanketed all of Gray's games with scouts.

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April 19, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Over/under on how long it takes this kid to blow his arm out?

April 19, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Gawwd...... are those three teams his only options? Can he throw a football?

April 19, 2013  08:49 AM ET

I don't think baseball teams can trade draft picks like they do in the NFL but not I am not sure. So, if I am correct in my assumption then, "Yes, these three teams could be his only options as things stand right now."
Miami, in all liklihood, probably will eliminate themselves from contention because they will not open their purse strings to offer him the money that it would take to sign him.

April 19, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't think baseball teams can trade draft picks like they do in the NFL but not I am not sure. So, if I am correct in my assumption then, "Yes, these three teams could be his only options as things stand right now." Miami, in all liklihood, probably will eliminate themselves from contention because they will not open their purse strings to offer him the money that it would take to sign him.

You cannot trade picks in baseball. You sir, are correct.

April 19, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

You cannot trade picks in baseball. You sir, are correct.

Phew......

April 19, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I don't think baseball teams can trade draft picks like they do in the NFL but not I am not sure. So, if I am correct in my assumption then, "Yes, these three teams could be his only options as things stand right now." Miami, in all liklihood, probably will eliminate themselves from contention because they will not open their purse strings to offer him the money that it would take to sign him.

But you can draft a player and immediately trade his rights, yes?

April 19, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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But you can draft a player and immediately trade his rights, yes?

No. You must sign the drafted player and then hold him for 1 year before you can trade him. This is circumvented by teams including a Player To Be Named Later which turns out to be a player who had less than a full year on contract after the draft.

April 19, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Seeing what Miami call a pitching staff, if Loria was smart, he would pry some bucks out to sign Gray. But using the word smart and Loria in same sentence is an oxymoron. Houston ,who would have the available payroll to draft and sign Gray. He could be a JR Richard type pitcher. If Houston passes on Gray the Cubs would draft Gray.

April 19, 2013  11:18 AM ET

Wiseup: If Miami doesn't have the top pick, then they can't just "pry some bucks" to get Gray. He isn't a free agent. Also, it doesn;t matter if Houston has "the available payroll to draft and sign gray." Baseball doesn't have a salary cap, as displayed by New York, Boston, and LA in recent years. There is, however, a slotting structure for the draft which states how much $$$ each pick is worth, and if you go over it, then you end up paying luxury taxes and/or relinquishing picks.

April 19, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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Over/under on how long it takes this kid to blow his arm out?

Whoever draft him, that team would need to extra careful IF the team doesn't want a earlier Tommy John surgery :-) :-) :-)

April 19, 2013  12:19 PM ET
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Whoever draft him, that team would need to extra careful IF the team doesn't want a earlier Tommy John surgery :-) :-) :-)

Then make sure he gets on the Reds then with Dusty "Use 'em while yah got 'em" Baker.

April 19, 2013  01:20 PM ET

As much as people, myself included, criticize the lack of elite prospects coming through the Yankee farm system and actually succeeding at the MLB level, they've been victims of some very bad luck or circumstance or whatever you'd like to call it. They drafted both Gerrit Cole and Jonathan Gray out of high school! If that doesn't look like a potentially awesome 1-2 punch 2-3 years from now then I don't know what does.

April 19, 2013  02:18 PM ET

The next Sid Finch?

 
April 19, 2013  03:46 PM ET

What a future playing for the Cubs or Astros !!

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