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Dodgers reassign Josiah Gray, Edwin Uceta to minor league camp

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60 players remain in major league camp

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Roster moves are afoot in Dodgers spring training camp, with pitchers Josiah Gray and Edwin Uceta reassigned to minor league camp on Thursday.

The Dodgers acquired Gray from the Reds in December 2018 in the Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood accounting maneuver, and he blasted through three levels at age 21. The right-hander posted a 2.28 ERA in 26 games, including 25 starts, across both Class-A levels and Double-A, whiffing 147 in 130 innings.

Gray is a consensus top-100 prospect entering 2020, checking in at 46th at ESPN, No. 61 at Baseball Prospectus, No. 63 at The Athletic, No. 67 at MLB Pipeline, and 84th at Baseball America.

Gray allowed two runs on three hits in 1⅓ innings in two games this spring, including a start on Feb. 26.

Uceta, who is just 18 days younger than Gray, had a similarly rapid rise in 2019. Uceta (pronounced Uh-SEE-Tah, per the team’s official guide) had a 2.77 ERA in 26 games (24 starts) in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa, with 141 strikeouts in 123⅓ innings.

In a pair of Cactus League relief outings, Uceta pitched three scoreless innings, allowing five hits with one strikeout.

Outside of Yadier Alvarez, who was sent outright off the 40-man roster, these were the first cuts of Dodgers camp, but with minor league spring games starting on March 13 there figure to be several more players sent to the other side of camp soon. As of now, 60 players remain in major league camp — 30 pitchers, and 30 position players.