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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 24)
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Birth Date11-7-1989
Height5' 11"
Weight195 lbs
Age24 years, 10 months, 13 days
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2013 OAK 23 12 10 64.0 60.0 4.0 5 3 0 0 6 0 261 51 22 19 4 71 20 20 0 67 2.67 2.73 3.30 11.2 1.2
2014 OAK 24 31 31 203.0 203.0 0.0 13 9 0 0 24 0 843 178 82 74 14 248 71 69 6 166 3.28 3.55 4.10 13.4 2.0
Career4341267.0263.04.018120030011042291049318319918962333.133.353.9024.53.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2011 MID AA 5 5 20.0 3.80 131 .180 .262 .328 .412 .255 .278 113 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2011 ATH Rk 1 1 2.0 2.03 160 .328 .287 .370 .439 .292 .571 94 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2012 MID AA 26 26 148.0 5.11 85 .257 .262 .329 .401 .269 .302 100 3.0 0.3 3.0 0.3
2012 SAC AAA 1 1 4.0 4.88 108 .418 .277 .332 .443 .264 .500 107 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2013 OAK MLB 12 10 64.0 3.30 117 .228 .251 .315 .401 .265 .276 93 11.2 1.2 11.2 1.2
2013 SAC AAA 20 20 118.3 3.62 122 .236 .283 .353 .435 .275 .337 98 26.1 2.7 26.1 2.7
2014 OAK MLB 31 31 203.0 4.10 97 .245 .255 .314 .390 .263 .280 96 12.8 1.4 13.4 2.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2011 ATH Rk 0 1 0 1 1 2.0 4 0 2 0 43% .571 18.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 2.00 4.50 1.2 0.1
2011 MID AA 1 0 0 5 5 20.0 15 6 18 0 67% .278 6.8 2.7 0.0 8.1 1.05 0.45 5.6 0.6
2012 SAC AAA 0 0 0 1 1 4.0 10 1 2 0 45% .500 22.5 2.2 0.0 4.5 2.75 9.00 0.9 0.1
2012 MID AA 6 9 0 26 26 148.0 148 57 97 8 57% .302 9.0 3.5 0.5 5.9 1.39 4.14 3.0 0.3
2013 SAC AAA 10 7 0 20 20 118.3 117 39 118 5 52% .337 8.9 3.0 0.4 9.0 1.32 3.42 26.1 2.7
2013 OAK MLB 5 3 0 12 10 64.0 51 20 67 4 52% .276 7.2 2.8 0.6 9.4 1.11 2.67 11.2 1.2
2014 OAK MLB 13 9 0 31 31 203.0 178 71 166 14 57% .280 7.9 3.1 0.6 7.4 1.23 3.28 13.4 2.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 995 0.4975 0.3990 0.7607 0.5333 0.2660 0.8561 0.5714 0.2393
2014 3084 0.4767 0.4402 0.8018 0.5939 0.2999 0.9267 0.5764 0.1960
Career40790.48180.43010.79180.57910.29160.90950.57520.2066

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-10-18 2013-10-18 Off 0 0 Left Thumb Surgery Fracture and Torn UCL Batted Ball 2013-10-18 -
2012-05-20 2012-05-27 Minors 7 0 Right Fingers Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 OAK $502,500
2013 OAK $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$502,500
1 yrTotal$502,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 61 dBo McKinnis1 year/$0.5025M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5025M (2014). Re-signed by Oakland 3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by Oakland 7/11/13.
  • Drafted by Oakland 2011 (1-18) (Vanderbilt). $1.8M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .226 .301 .321 .237
11 vs R (Multi) .198 .231 .267 .203
18 Split (Multi) .028 .069 .054 .034
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .226 .301 .321 .237
31 vs R (2013) .198 .231 .267 .203
38 Split (2013) .028 .069 .054 .034
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)How does Sonny Gray project for next season? Would you consider him to be an "elite" pitcher, up there with the likes of David Price or is he still a tier below?
(Tony from WI)
He's a tier below the Price types. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your favorite hitter? One that you find yourself rooting for more than others. What about a pitcher? Mine are Gregory Polanco and Sonny Gray. Just wondering if you had any guys that you particularly like.
(Nate from Indy)
This question has been plaguing me all chat, and I'm not sure I have an answer. I love watching Yordano pitch. Short guys with big velo are a soft spot for me. I love Gray too. As a Dodgers fan it's hard for me not to love Puig, but Anthony Rendon might be my favorite at-bat in the league. His hands are so damn good. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty league, here are my pitchers: Chris Sale, Sonny Gray, Homey Bailey, Jake Arietta, Jason deGrom, and Mike Leake, with Kimbrel, Doolittle, for saves and a few guys for holds. In a 20 team league, would that be a solid staff? And also, I kinda want to upgrade and have the offensive pieces to do so. If I paired one of those guys with a bat to upgrade, who would you try to sell? Thanks!
(treynay3 from Gatlinburg)
Yeah that's a solid staff though it gets shaky on the back end. I'd move a Bailey/Leake or deGrom for an upgrade. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Sonny Gray for Anthony Rendon straight up in a 12-team, six keeper league? If you were keeping Rizzo, Price, Scherzer, Trout, Tulo and Strasburg, would you even think about keeping Rendon over one of the pitchers?
(Jim from WI)
I'd be willing to make that trade, and it's something to consider, but I'd ultimately keep the pitchers. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)I'm keeping Rendon, Longoria, Rizzo, Scherzer, and Sonny Gray. I have 2 more keeper slots. Who would you keep out of Alcantara, Garrett Richards, Stroman, Arrieta, and Wil Myers? It's a 12 tm 6x6 with tbs and qs as the extra cats. Thanks.
(Thomas from Staten Island)
Myers and Stroman, though Alcantara is not a bad option. (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm keeping Rizzo, Rendon, Longoria, Gray, Richards, and Scherzer. Would you keep Stroman, Myers, or Alcantara? It's a 12 tm league with qs and tb as the extra cats.
(Thomas from New York)
I'm assuming Sonny Gray, I would push for Stroman over Richards but that's about it. If you can keep some of the three I would rank them
Stroman
Alcántara
Myers (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a 10 team mixed league with QS in place of W. Right now my starters are Strasburg, Sonny Gray, and Michael Pineda. I have an open roster spot I want to fill with another starter to give me a shot at competing in QS. I figure I might as well grab another long shot starter to join Gray and Pineda. I have it narrowed down to Danny Salazar, Jose Quintana, Taijuan Walker, or Roenis Elias. Who's my best bet?
(Kyle from Detroit)
Good god man, step away from Roenis Elias. Out of the options you listed, Quintana is the safest bet while Salazar provides the highest upside. If you're truly just going for QS, I guess I'd go Quintana. I like Salazar a bit more overall, though, even if he's overrated. Walker's injury scares me now, so I'm staying away. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)16 team dynasty league...I received a Sonny Gray for Starlin Castro deal(I'd be the one getting Gray). I already own Jean Segura. I gotta take this, right?
(Sick Rutcliffe from CA)
Yes, I was late to the Gray party but I prefer him to Castro, especially if you already own a better shortstop. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Enjoyed your analysis in the SP guide. Have you noticed any noteworthy mechanical changes a pitcher has made in the early-going this year?
(John from Russia)
Thanks, John!

I noticed a handful of changes on Opening Day alone, and I wrote about it here: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23225

The biggest takeaways: 1) Strasburg's posture is behind where it needs to be (and where it was at peak), and his new technique to check on baserunners is disrupting his rhythm from the stretch; and 2) Sonny Gray is also a bit behind on timing and balance, but this is common in the early season. I was more intrigued by his addition of a cutter in his first start.

I am also very pleased with Eovaldi's timing consistency so far this year. The biggest mind-blower has been Tyler Skaggs, though ... (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea when the new TINSTAAPP will be out?
(NightmareRec0n from Boston)
We are getting on a more-regular schedule starting with this next episode, and the kickoff episode for the 2014 season will be available later this week. Our Game of the Week was Sonny Gray vs Erasmo Ramirez on Sunday (4/6), so you can get a jump-start. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Sonny Gray or Yordano Ventura?
(Marshall from Canada )
Gray. I love Ventura, but let's not go bonkers yet. (Bret Sayre)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Please help settle a debate I'm having with my fantasy partner. Wacha or Gray for this year? Both $1. Wacha or Gray for next 3 years? Who is/will be the better fantasy pitcher? Thanks!
(Crippler from New York)
I'm assuming Sonny Gray, and I'll take Wacha. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you please rank these SP. Porcello, Cashner, Sonny Gray, Kluber and Parker.
(Erica from DC)
Cashner, Kluber, Gray, Parker, Porcello... Cash way out front of that crew, the rest quite close. (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Sonny Gray significantly behind the group of youngins' listed above? Anyone else in that discussion that I've missed?
(Petey from Pablotown)
I don't remember who else was listed, sorry. (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)It's raining here too, but the ski slopes are really hoping it turns to snow. Please rank the following pitchers in order of expected career value: Archer, Cole, Sonny Gray, Wacha, Shelby Miller, Teheran, Zack Wheeler. I expect that one or more of them will be available for my first round pick in my Strat-O-Matic league rookie draft tomorrow.
(Rex Little from Big Bear CA)
Interesting list. Gimme Cole, (gap), Teheran, (gap), Miller, Gray, Wacha, Wheeler (all very close), Archer (Doug Thorburn)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Took over a team in a 10 team H2H Dynasty. Looks to be middle of the pack, but I have Cabrera. Would you trade him for a package of Harper or Stanton, and Matt Moore, Sonny Gray, and Addison Russell? Other option is Goldschmidt, Machado or Cole, and Sano. I'd have to add some things to get either done. Which is better or hold out until the season starts to see if my team is performing better than expected?
(Joe from SC)
I own Miguel Cabrera in a 12-team head-to-head dynasty league with 25-man rosters with 5 prospect slots. I have a top heavy team and wouldn't move him for 3 clear cut keepers, especially since he still possesses third base eligibility. I'd strongly consider pulling the trigger on the Goldschmidt, Machado and Sano trade. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)In a 10 team H2H 5x5 dynasty league. Took over a team that has Cabrera and not much else. Would you trade him in a package deal for Harper or Stanton, Moore, Sonny Gray, and Addison Russell or Goldschmidt, Machado or Cole, and Sano? Which would you prefer or just hold onto him til later in the year?
(Joe from SC)
I think I already answered this. Would think about the second trade with Goldy, Machado and Sano, but I'm not a fantasy expert. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the #1 in my dynasty league. Tanaka's available, but so is Sonny Gray, and he really intrigues me. He's shown what he could do against major league players already. Who should I take?
(Alex from CA)
Oh my gosh it's not close. Tanaka. (Sam Miller)
2014-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the #1 in my dynasty league. Tanaka's available, but so is Sonny Gray, and he really intrigues me. He's shown what he could do against major league players already. Who should I take?
(Alex from CA)
oh can't you people give me an easy question. This is a really tough one. I'd say Tanaka has a more likely 2 ceiling than Gray, who still has to prove he can beat the odds on his body size. At the same time, there's more risk of the unknown with Tanaka, as you noted. But I have a hard time imagining Tanaka having too much of a struggle with that splitter, so, yea, Tanaka. Sorry, Sonny! (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain Pecota comps? A guy like Sonny Gray is compared to Travis Wood and Matt Harvey (#1 comp). Wood... multiple pitches.... Sonny Gray... not so much. Is it just statistics? I'm a newbie. Thanks!
(Jesse from NY)
we don't have pitch types in our comps...yet. I think this is a big thing we can do. But it is stats, body type etc. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think will be a high-impact rookie pitcher in 2014? I don't expect another Harvey or Fernandez. But a guy we'll look back on and should have seen coming.
(Keith from Brooklyn)
I've seen this question a lot.

We're currently looking at Yordano Ventura coming, that's my pick for a high value fantasy guy who will make a lot of noise in 2014.

Gerrit Cole showed up in the playoffs, he's going to be a MFer next year. Ditto Sonny Gray. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the #1 in my dynasty league. Tanaka's available, but so is Sonny Gray, and he really intrigues me. He's shown what he could do against major league players already. Who should I take?
(Alex from CA)
I may not be the guy to ask, because I have a bias towards short pitchers (which is strange because I’m neither short, nor was I a pitcher), but I really like Gray. I don’t know much more about Tanaka other than the video that’s out there for everybody to see. I didn’t get to see him in the WBC or in Japan or anything like that, but the general consensous seems to be that he’s a 2 or high-3. Gray should fall into that mold as well. If nothing else, the big park in Oakland could be the tiebreaker. Then again, Tanaka could make us all look stupid. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)What to do with Sonny Gray on draft day ? Nobody seems to agree on his ceiling.
(Spirou from Montreal)
Hi Spirou.

I think Gray is a solid double-digit bid guy in AL-only but not someone I'd target like an elite pitcher. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Can only choose one in an AL only keeper, Salazar or Sonny Gray?
(Ty from Texas)
For this year only, I'd go with the safer choice in Gray. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Can only choose one in an AL only keeper, Salazar or Sonny Gray?
(Ty from Texas)
For this year only, I'd go with the safer choice in Gray. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Hey, Fantasy quandary - 1)(Keep Manny Machado) 2)(Trade Manny for Brett Lawrie and Sonny Gray, who I am really high on) 3)(Trade Manny for Matt Garza and Zach Wheeler, who I am equally high on). Thanks
(Tony from KC)
Dalton's Mercedes speeds recklessly toward Wesley's estate, drawing gunfire from Wesley's henchmen, but they discover the car empty, and the knife that was used to kill Wade stuck in the accelerator. One by one, Dalton dispatches each of Wesley's thugs, and eventually comes face-to-face with Wesley. Dalton gains the upper hand in their fight and prepares to finish Wesley in the same brutal manner as Jimmy, but decides against it. When Dalton releases him, Wesley seizes the opportunity to reach for a gun, but is promptly shot to death by Red, Emmett, Stroudenmire, and Tilghman. They stash the weapons away prior to the arrival of law enforcement and proceed to corroborate each other's innocence, with the implication that what happened in Wesley's house will remain a secret. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a fantasy league where you control players until they accrue 6 years of service time, would you draft Sonny Gray or Kris Bryant? Just safer to go with the hitter?
(Dennis from LA)
Just clearing this out of the queue, but the answer is directly above with Dennis's correction to Jonathan Gray. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gausman, Sonny Gray, Pineda... Please rank for this year and for the future
(InternetBullies from Bing)
You just did! (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following diminuitive right-handers: Sonny Gray, Carlos Martinez, Marcus Stroman, Peter Dinklage, Yordano Ventura,
(Mr. C from Milwaukee)
Ventura, Martinez, Gray, Stroman, with Dinklage last just because he's from Jersey and is probably friends with Mort. (I kid, I kid) (Mark Anderson)
2013-12-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Between Archie Bradley, Noah Syndergaard, and Jonathan Gray, how would you rank their ceilings/fantasy upside? ETAs? Bonus: For how long will we have to deal with 50 shades puns based on Gray's name (Sonny's as well... who also gets the "It's always sunny" puns).
(Jonah from Redwood)
Hi Jonah:

I would probably rank them in the order that you have them ranked, with Bradley and Syndergaard very close and Gray a little bit behind. Both Bradley and Syndergaard have ace potential, with Bradley a tick more likely to be that ace with Synergaard falling in as a #2. Gray looks more like a #2 to me, which certainly isn't shabby; I just don't see him as that #1 stud.

The puns are up to the masses. I didn't even think of the 50 shades of Gray thing, and as far as Sonny Gray goes I didn't see the It's Always Sunny comparison either. If anything saves us here from the puns, it's that the A's aren't high profile. (Mike Gianella)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sonny Gray's curve or Danny Salazar's split-change?
(Rael from Santo Domingo)
Salazar's trapdoor split-change. Fun pitch to watch. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Higher Upside- Sonny Gray or pre-injury Brett Anderson?
(Rich from Evanston)
Anderson. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)So do we have enough information yet to get really excited about Sonny Gray in 2014, or have we seen the best?
(Peter from Oakland)
I think you've seen the blueprint for Gray (and players with similar profiles, actually). His success will depend on his ability to execute his secondaries. If he does that, the elevated fastball will play and you have a front-end arm. It's all about execution, and 2013 should have finally shown the naysayers that the profile CAN play. Whether or not Gray continues to build on this success is up to him (I'm a believer). (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did any of the upper prospects who got called up to the MLB level after the All Star break but before September 1st either strongly help or hurt their status by what they did in the Bigs?
(Paul from DC)
If I understand the question, we are talking about players still prospect eligible? No one jumps out as a big swing-in-value guy. For guys that are no longer eligible, I think Sonny Gray won over some folks. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)tell me everything about marcus stroman
(fats from toronto)
He gets (rightfully) dinged as a starter because his fastball lacks plane, but like fellow diminutive righty Sonny Gray the quality of his secondaries allows him to get away with it. When you lack plane, it generally limits your ability to work up with the fastball because the plane delta, top to bottom in the zone, isn't great enough to force hitters to change tracks. Gray gets around this with a hard plus-plus curve with plane deception that effectively changes the eye level of the hitter. Stroman does this with his breaking ball, as well, though he's on a tilt as opposed to Gray's 12/6.

When you have that bullet, it then comes down to execution. If Stroman can throw the breaking ball for strikes in order to keep hitters honest, he has the upside of a #2 starter. If he's too imprecise with the pitch, MLB hitters will force him to the pen. The raw materials are there for a starter, no question. (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-10-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)I enjoyed TINSTAPP, the other day for the first time. What do you think of Sonny Gray going forward? Specifically, If you had a real team and could pick Michael, wa Wacha or Sonny Gray, who would you take, and why Doug?
(casejud from Bothell, Wa)
Thanks for listening! Paul and I have a blast recording each episode of TINSTAAPP, and we are trying something new for the playoffs - so stay tuned. (Spoiler alert: watch/record today's Game 1 of the NLCS)

Gray is an excellent pitcher, and he is unique among A's pitchers with his plus power grades (momentum, torque). On the downside, he also has worse posture than most of the pitchers on Oakland's staff, and the A's may not enforce an adjustment given that his curveball is sensitive to the over-the-top slot. This makes Gray an intriguing commodity, but one with a couple of red flags.

Wacha also has the over-the-top with a late posture change, but he lacks the plus momentum of Gray. Both pitchers have great stuff, but they also are two-pitch pitchers who need to develop a third offering in order to reach ceiling. Wacha is basically a fastball-changeup guy, and I think that his ability to succeed on his second go-around of the league will depend on the development of a breaking ball. Gray needs to harness a change-up. They are both promising prospects with an agenda for development, and they are both in excellent organization with respect to pitching development. Flip a coin as far as preference if making a decision today, but things could change quickly based on who is able to make adjustments.

On the jukebox: Rolling Stones, "Under My Thumb" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-09-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can Sonny Gray keep this up? Can he be a #2 SP next season?
(Mark from Oakland)
as much as I like him, I don't think what he's doing is sustainable. So I'll say no to both. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-08-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Sonny Gray, both for this year and beyond?
(Larry from New York)
I like what I see with Gray, and he stands out among Oakland pitchers with his high-end power grades (momentum, torque). He also stands out because he is weaker with balance and posture, traits that nearly all Oakland starters possess. The combination bodes well for Gray's future, as he is in a great organization to mold the balance factors, thus improving his biggest weakness. He could have some hiccups this season, but I think that the A's made a wise choice in promoting him into the #5 slot while Milone works on his game in the minors. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you are trading major league talent for prospects do you want bulk or elite. As example (from A's): Addison Russell or Sonny Gray, Michael Choice, Grant Green and Jemile Weeks.
(hknova from Hong Kong)
I wouldn't trade for Grant Green. Give me the high ceiling guys; players with impact potential. You don't fly flags because of fringy talent. Impact players make impact teams. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the immediate prospects for Sonny Gray? Does he crack the A's rotation? Or is he only starting in an injury situation? Why did the A's give him the pre-break taste of the majors?
(Tim from Portland OR)
Discussed in the Call-Up this week,

"This is a short term move for Oakland, as Gray is being allowed to get his feet wet now while Oakland makes use of an extra roster spot for as long as they do not need a fifth starter. His stay may be limited for this call-up, but while there is no immediate opening for Gray in the rotation, he will without question be the first call once a starter is needed. He could follow in the footsteps of Tampa standouts David Price and Matt Moore, joining the Big Club for good later this year to provide meaningful innings for a playoff push and through October—be it in relief or as a starter—and should establish himself as a rotation mainstay next April at the latest." (Sam Miller)
2013-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)No Sonny Gray? A few weeks ago, he was hyped here as a near-ready potential #2 starter. Was he close?
(Mike from Oakland)
I didn't make that claim, so he wasn't that high on my list. Originally, I think we had him in the ~40 range, but I slowly peeled him off because I question the likelihood that he reaches a #2 ceiling. (Jason Parks on the Midseason Top 50 Prospects)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any players who have basically come out of no where this year to the point where they are a top 50 type prospect? For example someone like Gregory Polanco last year.
(petelunchbox from Handsome City)
You could say perhaps Raul Adalberto Mondesi, coming off his short-season resume last season. Sonny Gray has done a very nice job of reclaiming his prospect status (if not even surpassing it out of college). (Jason Cole)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of short guys, if it's found that Bartolo Colon has been using articial means to maintain his physique, could Sonny Gray step in tomorrow and be a solid, #3-type starter?
(Mario66 from Toronto)
There may be some initial growing pains but I think he could have some success this season and will be that. I've missed him personally this season, but gotten a lot of reports and all have been very good. The velocity has been good, the life on the fastball good, the angle a little better, the curveball sharper. After I got a lot of very iffy (with a couple solid) reports in 2012, they've been consistently very, very good this year. (Jason Cole)
2013-06-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, good afternoon bigger impact next year for houston Domingo Santana (OF) or J.Villar (SS)? rate the 2nd half rotation impact: Sonny Gray ,Esmil Rodgers,S.Nolin and K.Zimmer
(JohnnyT from NJ)
I'll say Villar because of position and speed translating quicker. Rogers if he starts, Gray, Nolin and Zimm (not sure he makes MLB this year) (Paul Sporer)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)It recently came out that Houston and Oakland were discussing a possible Jed Lowrie trade that would have sent Chris Carter and a pitcher to Houston. Should we be glad that it fell through? I have to believe that Lowrie would command more than that at the deadline if he's healthy for the first four months of the season.
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
It's hard to judge what a deal would have meant for each team without knowing all of the pieces involved, but a healthy Lowrie — given the dearth of productive hitters who can play a passable shortstop — could be an excellent trade chip.

A related question, from webberoo11, asked who the "young pitcher" from Oakland might have been. One of the "On the Outside Looking In" starting pitchers (http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/2012/10/oakland-athletics-2012-13-offseason.html#.UQgmLInjkjE) might have made sense. Purely speculating, I'll say either Brad Peacock or Sonny Gray. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What was your overall thoughts on the Cubs 2011 draft
(ddivi23 from Bartlett)
Generally, I liked it. Vogelbach a little high for my taste (don't love that profile in the 2nd Round of such a stacked class), but the bat is really good and the make-up is quality, as well (which is important). I probably would have preferred someone else to Baez at that spot (Sonny Gray, Blake Swihart, Jose Fernandez), again solely because of the makeup of the draft class. Certainly nothing wrong with Baez there. I was good with Maples as a teen-round lotto ticket/luxury spend in the last free market draft. (Nick Faleris)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Sonny Gray can stick in the rotation? With McCarthy and Colon sure to be dealt, how long until Gray, Parker and Peacock are up for good?
(Shawn from CA)
I do. I assume that rotation is very young by this fall. (Jason Parks)


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Sonny Gray has thrown 4,326 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph), Curve (82mph) and Sinker (94mph), also mixing in a Slider (88mph) and Change (88mph).