Prime Dodgers pitching prospect Josiah Grey made his major league debut in Tuesday’s 8-6 comeback win against the Giants. Grey wasn’t excellent, however he did brandish the expertise that’s made him a top 50 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
The 23-year-old righty gave up three residence runs however did strike out seven batters in 4 innings of labor.
Save that ball.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 21, 2021
Grey, extra generally often called “Jojo”, defined the origin of his nickname on Wednesday.
“I used to be a child. Taking part in within the yard. My dad would all the time name down from his room window and he would all the time say ‘Juju’, like Juju Smith-Schuster. I might all the time giggle and run away. Simply rising up, it developed from Juju to Jojo and little have you learnt, right here I’m, years later, nonetheless going by Jojo. It’s one thing that occurred within the yard and it’s caught with me to at the present time.”
In line with Dave Roberts, Jojo will begin Sunday’s sport at residence in opposition to the Colorado Rockies. It’s an amazing alternative for the previous collegiate shortstop to proceed to show that he belongs.
Grey has carried out at a excessive degree within the minors. In 42 minor league video games, Grey owns a 2.41 ERA and 0.934 WHIP in 198 IP. He additionally recorded 228 strikeouts – good for a Okay/9 of 10.4.
The Dodgers must be aggressively shopping for more starting pitching at the trade deadline, however till a deal, or two, is struck, Grey ought to proceed to get alternatives.
The maturity Grey displayed through the press convention ought to go a great distance in placing Tuesday’s uneven efficiency behind him.
At some point, Josiah Grey may turn into a family identify within the MLB.
However you possibly can simply name him Jojo for brief.