Sonny Gray, Starting Pitcher, New York Yankees
Date of Birth: 11/7/1989
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee
College: Vanderbilt University
Sonny Gray, starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, was a top player in high school when he was first drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2008. He opted, however, to attend Vanderbilt University instead. In 2011, prior to his senior year at Vanderbilt, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics.
Gray played in the Athletics' minor league system from 2011 through most of 2013, finishing his minor league career with a 3.66 ERA and a 17-17 record. In 2013, he pitched both as a starter and a reliever for the Athletics. He finished with a 2.67 ERA with a 5-3 record in 12 games.
In 2014, his first full season as a starting pitcher in the major leagues, Gray had a strong year. He finished with a 14-10 record, 183 strikeouts to 74 walks, and a 3.08 ERA in 219.0 innings in 33 games.
Gray had another good season in 2015, pitching 208.0 innings in 31 games for the Athletics. He finished the season with a 14-7 record, 169 strikeouts to 59 walks, and a 2.73 ERA.
Gray finished the 2016 season with a 5.69 ERA in 22 games. He had 5 wins to 11 losses and 94 strikeouts to 42 walks in 117.0 innings.
The Athletics traded Gray to the Yankees on July 31, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with a 3.55 ERA in 16 games with the Athletics and 11 games with the Yankees. He had 10 wins and 12 losses and 153 strikeouts to 57 walks in 162.1 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 8.1 innings in 2 games and he gave up 4 hits and 5 runs. He struck out 6 batters and walked 6.
Career pitching statistics for Gray through 2017 include:
- 125 games played
- 770.1 innings pitched
- 48-43 win-loss record
- 666 strikeouts to 252 walks
- 3.45 ERA