GJ Rockies: No. 3 pick Jonathan Gray has first team practice

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Right-handed pitcher Jonathan Gray flew into town on Monday to start his career in the Colorado Rockies organization.

The draft's third overall pick will begin play as a Grand Junction Rockie, but according to pitching coach Ryan Kibler, it probably won't be long before the 21-year-old out of Oklahoma will move up to Low-A Asheville.

"It's great, you know it's everything I ever wanted growing up," said Gray. "It's a great opportunity, and I'm going to make the best of it."

"I'm excited to be the first one to deliver the message the Rockie way in the Rockie culture," said pitching coach Ryan Kibler. "That's my favorite part about working at this level."

As a junior at the University of Oklahoma, Gray went 10-3 while posting a 1.64 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 126.1 innings. He was a first team All-American and a unanimous All-Big 12 Conference selection.

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