Gray Impresses

Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

The Dodgers had a perfect record in their limited exhibition season during summer camp as they defeated the Anaheim Angels 6-to-4.

Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers optioned second baseman Gavin Lux to the Minor-League camp at USC and signed left-handed reliever Jake McGee who was released by the Colorado Rockies Friday.

McGee was unimpressive in his Dodger debut though his fastball touched 95-miles-per-hour. In his 0.2 innings, McGee allowed two solo home runs to the Angels. His pitches did not have much movement.

The Dodgers have three left-handed relievers – Adam Koralek, Scott Alexander, and McGee. With the new rule that forces a reliever to face three hitters or finish an inning, baseball has less need for a left-handed specialist than in the past.

Koralek has been great against left-handed hitters but struggled with right-handed hitters this pre-season. Undoubtedly, Koralek will be on the Opening Day roster.

Coming off a hand surgery, Alexander, who has diabetes, reported late to summer camp. He has not pitched in a game during either spring training or summer camp. Since Alexander has lacked action, he will not be on the Opening Day roster.

Josiah Gray, a rookie, pitched wonderfully for 3.2 innings. Three years from just becoming a college starting pitcher, Gray baffled the Angels. Although he sometimes did not have great location leading to two solo home runs, his pitches had incredible quality. Gray pitched at Double-A in 2019. It is doubtful that Gray will pitch for the Dodgers during the 2020 season.

Kiké Hernandez doubled in two runs. Chris Taylor, who has had a terrific summer camp, blasted a three-run homer. Zack McKinstry, who has opened many eyes in 2020 but will not make the 30-man Opening Day roster, hit a home run.

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