JOSIAH GRAY
Nickname:   N/A Position:   RHP
Home: N/A Team:   NATIONALS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 190 Throws:   R
DOB: 12/21/1997 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: New Rochelle, NY
Draft: Reds #2 - CBB - 2018 - Out of Le Moyne College (NY)
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G IP H SO BB GS CG SHO SV W L OBA ERA
2018 APP GREENEVILLE   12 52.1 29 59 17 12 0 0 0 2 2   2.58
2019 TL TULSA   9 39.1 33 41 11 8 0 0 0 3 2   2.75
2019 CAL RANCHO CUCAMONGA   12 67.1 52 80 13 12 0 0 0 7 0   2.14
2019 MWL GREAT LAKES   5 23.1 13 26 7 5 0 0 0 1 0   1.93
2021 NL DODGERS   2 8 7 13 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.233 6.75
2021 NL NATIONALS   12 63 56 63 28 12 0 0 0 2 2 0.238 5.31
2021 TAW OKLAHOMA CITY   4 15.2 8 22 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 0.145 2.87
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Career Injury Report
  • May 12-June 26, 2021: Gray was shut down from throwing for at least a week with a right shoulder impingement.