How about we bring the heat?
Fear not because Gray’s velocity hasn’t dropped off; it has actually picked up. According to Fangraphs, Gray’s four-seam fastball is currently 93.4 mph, which is up 0.5 mph from last year.
His two-seam fastball is 93.3 mph, +0.7 mph from last year. His slider is down a little bit, but a little decrease on a secondary or tertiary pitch should be no big deal.
The 28-year-old starter has been known for the nastiness of his pitches throughout his career. Being only 5’10” and 190 pounds doesn’t equate to packing the punch of a fastball that can touch the mid-to-upper 90s.
Seeing that the velocity and his stuff is still there is a great sign. Imagine if Chris Bosio could take him under his wing. It could pose a threat to hitters everywhere.