The file on Sonny Gray
Sonny Gray attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 27th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but did not sign. Three years later, the Oakland Athletics selected Gray in the first round (18th pick overall). He signed with the A's on July 25, 2011.
First pro win
The Tennessee native made the jump from the Arizona league to Double-A on Aug. 12, 2011. Gray won his first professional game with the RockHounds one month later. In four starts in Double-A, he did not allow a run over 16 1/3 innings and held Texas League batters to a .179 average.
Major league debut
Gray was called up to join the A's on July 10, 2013 at the age of 23. The Vanderbilt product threw 2.0 innings, gave up one hit, and struck out three batters on 25 pitches in a 5-0 A's loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Gray finished the 2013 regular season with a 5-3 record, 67 strikeouts and a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts. He played a pivotal part in helping the A's win their 16th AL West title and their second straight division crown on Sept. 22, 2013.
The A's made their 26th postseason appearance in 2013. Gray took the mound for Oakland in the ALDS against the Detroit Tigers. Although he wasn't credited with the win, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound right-hander dominated the Tigers in Game 2. Gray allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out nine hitters on 111 pitches. The A's scored in the ninth inning on Stephen Vogt's walk-off single to defeat Detroit 1-0.
Making his name
Gray got out to a torrid start in his first full MLB season, claiming AL Pitcher of the Month honors in both April and June. He became the first A's pitcher to earn two monthly honors in a season since Barry Zito in 2001. Gray went 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA over six starts in April and 5-0 with a 1.03 ERA over five June starts.