Former Hattiesburg baseball star Joe Gray made it official with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, signing with the organization which picked him 60th overall earlier this month in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Gray flew up to Milwaukee Thursday and got the full Brewer experience Friday. After putting pen to paper, Gray took batting practice with the team prior to their game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“It’s an unreal situation right here,” Gray told reporters. “This is what a kid like me, any kid in this sport would dream of from the time they realize, you know, the levels of it. So I’m happy. I couldn’t be any happier, honestly.”
Gray, an Ole Miss signee, batted .491 with 36 RBI and six home runs this past season for the Hattiesburg Tigers, who captured the school’s first state baseball title in over a decade.
According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, Gray signed with the Brewers for $1,113,500, which is the full pick value for the 60th selection.
“It’s certainly always exciting when you can add somebody that you think can be an impact defender, a quality defender, in the middle of the field,” said Tod Johnson, the Brewers’ Director of Amateur Scouting.
“So to get somebody here who we feel like has that ability. And then also, you know, he [Gray] can swing the bat a little bit. I mean, he’s taking his first BP round over there with some big leaguers and he’s holding his own. So it’s pretty exciting.”
“I’m excited, man,” Gray added. “I’m ready to get the show on the road. I’ve been thinking about it since the day of the draft. It’s been on my mind. But, you know, now it’s official now. And within, I think two days, I’ll be out in Arizona. And so, you know, no more excuses or nothing. Just ready to work and do what I have to do to get here.”