Sonny Gray once again showed us he is a great pitcher, in case you needed a reminder. Wednesday he made his first impression on spring training with two solid innings and a few strikeouts. It wasn't perfect, but for his first game action in months proved he is worthy of a third consecutive Opening Day start.
He is just 26-years old and is making his third Opening Day start in his third full season in the bigs. That is impressive. I began to ponder Gray's future, not necessarily as an Athletic, because we all know how that might turn out. I took a look into what makes Gray successful to see if there are clues as to what he might become.
As a 25-year old last season Gray a 2.73 ERA and finished just a shade below 4 fWAR. His FIP was a solid 3.45, his K-BB% was 13.2, and his GB/FB ratio was 1.72. He is a pitcher that knows how to limit baserunners and runs. He relies on weak contact on balls hit on the ground, but can get a strikeout or two when needed. It is a unique set of skills. http://www.athleticsnation.com/2016/3/11/11194844/whats-in-store-for-oakland-as-sonny-gray
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Looks like team is banking on being good by the time the new park opens up. Sonny would be 32/33 by that time if it all goes well. Hasnt been Sonny in a while. Astros need some starting pitching.... He gone. Hopefully we can get some prospects for him