Gray was the Pirates’ 13th rounder in 2017 from Rice University, coming to the Rays in a trade package for Corey Dickerson. A shortstop in college, he has played all over the infield as a pro, with most time spent at second base to date.
He’s physical and athletic, looking the part at 6’3’’ and a lean, tapered 185 pounds. Gray hits left and throws right with the ability to play numerous positions, attributes that lend themselves well to versatility. He has average batspeed at the plate but can work the whole field, doing most of his damage to the pullside. He’s an aggressive hitter, often hunting fastballs early in the count and looking to put the ball in play. It’s working for him now, but being able to work for better pitches is an improvement Gray will likely need to make against better pitching.
Defensively, he profiles best at second base on a day-to-day basis given fringy arm and range for the left side of the infield. That said, the actions are clean, and there’s enough playmaking ability to slide in at different infield spots in a pinch. The ingredients are here for a useful bench player with defensive versatility and a playable bat in a reserve role.