Things just got interesting again at the top of the draft. Just when it seemed safe enough to assume the Cubs would pick Mark Appel or Jonathan Gray, it's being reported that Gray has tested positive for Adderall, which is banned by MLB unless you have a prescription. Adderall is commonly used for AD/HD but it is also a stimulant. Gray reportedly does not have a prescription for the drug.
How this will affect Gray's stock is uncertain. The Astros and Cubs are both strongly considering picking the hard-throwing RHP from Oklahoma University. Many consider him to be the highest upside pitcher in the draft.
One scenario is that Gray drops out of the top two spots and the Cubs may instead have to choose between Mark Appel and Kris Bryant -- or whichever one is available to them. In any case, it does bring Kris Bryant back in play as a possible alternative.
Another scenario, and I can see the Astros doing this, is that the announcement may drive Gray's bonus down a bit, or at least give the the Astros some leverage. Gray may fear a slide down draft boards if the Astros don't pick him, especially knowing that the Cubs may favor Mark Appel anyway. The Astros could potentially get a top two talent in the draft and still save a lot of money for further down in the draft. If the Astros feel okay about Gray long term, then this may actually work in their favor.
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