Drew Gray LHP
Age: 20 Years Old
Level: Rookie Ball, Low-A Myrtle Beach
Joined the organization via: 3rd Round pick in 2021 Draft
2023 Stats: 34 IP, 4.50 ERA, 56/29 K/BB
This is purely speculative as Gray has played extremely sparingly since being drafted. Last season coming back from injury he pitched just 34 innings but in that brief time on the mound, he showed stuff that very few in the organization possess as he struck out a whopping 56 batters.
Those strikeouts came with a bit of volatility as he also walked 29 batters, but that’s to be expected from a prep pitcher coming back from injury having not pitched in almost two years. The Cubs have plenty of pitchers higher on this list that have a significantly higher floor than Gray does, but a 6’3 lefty with that kind of strikeout stuff has a much higher ceiling than just about anyone in the system not named Cade Horton or Jackson Ferris.