In his latest Mock Draft, ESPN's Keith Law predicts that Oklahoma stud right-hander Jonathan Gray will be drafted by the Minnesota Twins fourth overall. How? Well, he decided that Minnesota wasn't quite as high on prep pitcher Kohl Stewart.
- Astros: 3B Colin Moran (North Carolina)
- Cubs: RHP Mark Appel (Stanford)
- Rockies: 3B/OF Kris Bryant (San Diego)
- Twins: RHP Jonathan Gray (Oklahoma)
Analysis: If Appel, Gray, and Bryant go 1-2-3 in some order, this would be Kohl Stewart or Reese McGuire, the latter coming in below slot (allowing them to save money toward future picks).
Gray struggled in the first two innings, but settled down to hold Coastal Carolina to just three runs while walking just one and striking out 12 Chanticleers in a 7-3 victory for the Sooners. Unfortunately, Gray was allowed to throw a whopping 130 pitches over his nine innings of work, a dangerously high pitch count at any point of the year.
"There were some less-than-ideal things, but some encouraging moments as well," an NL scout said. "It’s good to see him bounce back from the early struggles. Coastal Carolina has a good lineup and they will make you battle, and I think he did that [Friday]. With that being said, that pitch count is pretty exorbitant, no matter if he isn’t pitching for another week or another year."