Tristan Gray

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Tristan Gray was picked in the 13th round of the 2017 amateur draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, out of Rice University. Three years earlier, in 2014, he had been picked in the 34th round by the New York Mets but had not signed.

He began his professional career in 2017 with the West Virginia Black Bears of the New York-Penn League, hitting .269/.329/.486 in 53 games, playing both second base and shortstop. It was his only season in the Bucs' organization as on February 22, 2018, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays along with P Daniel Hudson in return for OF/DH Corey Dickerson.

It took him until 2023 to make his major league debut with the Rays, taking over as a defensive replacement at first base for Yandy Díaz in the 6th inning of an 8-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. He popped out to second base in his first big league at-bat in the 8th, against Grayson Rodriguez. He had been playing with the AAA Durham Bulls since 2021 and putting up good numbers, with 33 homers and 89 RBIs in 2022 and 28 homers and 91 RBIs before his call-up, while playing mainly shortstop both years.

His father, OF Jason Gray, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 26th round of the 2000 amateur draft, also out of Rice, and played one year in their system.

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