Future Watch: Grayson Long Rookie Baseball Cards, Tigers – Grayson Long was selected by the Angels in the third round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. The Houston, Texas native stayed in his home state and made a name for himself at Texas A&M University.
Long was 4-2 as a freshman appearing in 12 games. As a sophomore, he appeared in 15 games and was tied for the team lead with six victories. As a junior, it all kicked in for the right-hander. He was a perfect 7-0 with a 2.12 ERA. He struck out 60 batters in 51 innings in the nine games he started.
After the draft, he started 12 games in the rookie league. He had no decisions and a 5.03 ERA for the Orem Owlz. Things could only get better. He pitched for three teams in 2016. He went 5-5 with a 3.18 ERA. He had 70 strikeouts in 65 innings in 15 starts. A nice improvement.
According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:
When Long, a big, strong right-hander from Texas signed with the Angels after a strong junior season as Texas A&M’s Friday night starter in 2015, all he wanted to make sure of was that he got a picture of himself next to the signed Nolan Ryan jersey the club had hanging on the wall. Long doesn’t have Ryan-esque stuff, but he does have the chance to follow in his idol’s footsteps and pitch in the Angels’ rotation. That path was slowed first by biceps tendinitis, then a fractured finger suffered during pitcher’s fielding practice while on his rehab. ETA 2018.
Here’s a look at him in action:
Last season he advanced to AA. His three-team, combined record was 8-9 with a 3.01 ERA. Now 23, and 6′-5 “and 230 punds, he’s on the fast track and collectors should take notice.
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