Monday, June 3, 2013

What are you up to, Jonathan Gray?

Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray may have just cost himself a decent chunk of change when it was revealed today that he tested positive for Adderall in pre-draft testing.

Keith Law:
Adderall comprises salts of two amphetamines and is banned by MLB unless the player has a valid therapeutic use exemption. Multiple sources indicated that Gray did not have a prescription for the drug. 

He will not be suspended, but he will be subject to further testing once he signs. How will it affect his draft positioning? One of Law's sources said that it might not make much of a difference.

Note: Law has an Insider-Only post up at ESPN that has a source saying Gray might be willing to take a big discount if drafted at or near the top. Jon Heyman talked to a GM who said:
I don't think it's that big a deal. The kid may have (a condition).

UPDATE: Marshall's Aaron Blair - whom the Astros drafted in the 21st Round in 2010 out of high school - also tested positive for Adderall (BA ranked Blair #41)

That's the general consensus from people who have, you know, sources: Stupid? Yes. A huge deal? No. If the Astros can take advantage of it, perhaps it makes the decision making process more clear. We're now under 73 hours to the draft. What do you do?