• Full name Sonny Douglas Gray
  • Born 11/07/1989 in Smyrna, TN
  • Profile Ht.: 5'10" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Vanderbilt
  • Debut 07/10/2013
  • Drafted in the 1st round (18th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2011 (signed for $1,540,000).
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    Gray was BA's No. 52 draft prospect as a high school senior in 2008, but a broken ankle, 5-foot-11 frame and Vanderbilt commitment pushed him down the draft until the Cubs took him in the 27th round. He figures to go 26 rounds higher after three seasons with the Commodores. He has added plenty of polish, throwing higher-quality strikes with similar stuff as he showed as a high schooler. His fastball often gets better during games, sitting from 90-95 mph, touching 97 when he needs it. His size keeps him from getting tremendous plane on his fastball, but he has the velocity to pitch up in the zone. High fastballs help set up his best pitch, a power curveball at 82-84 with downer action. His changeup has come along but remains a distant third pitch. Scouts laud his preparation and competitiveness, so while he's tempting as a closer for his two-pitch mix, many scouts expect him to remain a starter. He could stand to repeat his delivery more regularly, and scouts haven't seen much of his change as they'd like. Those are the only chinks in Gray's otherwise impressive armor.

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Best Tools List

  • Rated Best Curveball in the Oakland Athletics in 2013
  • Rated Best Curveball in the Oakland Athletics in 2012

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Career Transactions

  • St. Louis Cardinals activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 15-day injured list.
  • St. Louis Cardinals placed RHP Sonny Gray on the 15-day injured list retroactive to March 25, 2024. Right hamstring strain.

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