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    Major League Stats


    2017
    July 31 st Yankees acquire RHP Sonny Gray and $1.5 million in international spending money from the Athletics for OF Dustin Fowler, Jorge Mateo and James Kaprielian.    July 14 th It was reported that the Yankees are among the many teams that discussed with Athletics in acquring Sonny.

    May 1st Athletics activated RHP Sonny Gray from the 10-day disabled list after pitching a couple of minor league games.    April 1st Athletics placed RHP Sonny Gray on the 10-day disabled list with a strained lat after trying to slowing come back in March.    March 9th was shut down for the next three weeks due to a moderate lat strain after only pitching 2 games into the season.

    February 26th it was announced he will not pitch for the United States in the World Baseball Classic because he was denied insurance coverage for the event.   January 30th accepted an invitation to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.   January 27th revealed that he's worked with a personal trainer this offseason for the first time.   January 13th the Athletics and Sonny avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.575 million contract.

    2016
    September 28th was activated from the 15 day disabled list.    August 7th was placed on the 15 day disabled list due to a strained right forearm.    Going into the All-Star break it has been tough for Sonny after returning from the disabled list back in June. However his last game on July 6th seems to indicate Sonny is starting to turn the corner and return to his winning ways. Sonny's name continues to be bounced around the trade rumor mill and will continue to be the case until the trade deadline has passed.    June 5th Sonny returned from the diabled list and was very effective going 5 innings.    May 22th Sonny was placed on 15-day disabled list due to a strained right trapezius, but is not expected to be an extended absence and is expected to be back early June.

    April 7th was Sonny's first game of the 2016 season and he went seven innings with a 2-1 victory over the White Sox.   April 4th it was announced that Sonny was scratched from being the opener due to food posioning.   March 9th for the third time in a row Sonny has been named Oakland's Opening Night starter on April 4th against the Chicago White Sox.

    2015
    November 18th the baseball writers named Dallas Keuchel as the American League Cy Young award winner as rumors surface that a number of teams want to acquire Sonny from the A's.  September 28th the A's announce they are shutting him down for the season. Sonny finished the 2015 season with a record of 14-7 and a 2.73 ERA was one of the leading candidates for the Cy Young going into September. Both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are rumored to try to obtain Sonny during the off season.

    On July 12th it was announced that Hector Santiago would replace Sonny on the All-Star roster due to the Sonny's illness along with the A's pitching rotation.  Going into the All-Star break Sonny's ERA was 2.04 with a 0.96 WHIP and a 108/30 K/BB ration in 123 2/3 innings. Along with Stephen Vogt both were named to the All-Star Team on July 6th.  On July 1st it was annouced that Sonny was diagnosed with bacterial gastroenteritis and spent a couple of days in the hospital.

    In June he lowered his ERA to a major league-best 1.60 in a win over the Angels by a score of 8-1.  For the second year in a row Sonny named the starter for this year's opening game against the Texas Rangers and had a great day by pitching a no-hitter until the 8th inning and picthed a total of 8 innings allowing only one hit which was his first win of the season. 

    2014
    Was named the MLB American League Pitcher for the first time in his carrer in April and once again in July.  On April 28, 2014 Sonny pitched his first shutout against the Texas Rangers and got his first carrer start on opening day versus the Cleveland Indians.  He finished the year with 14-10 record an a 3.08 ERA.

    2013
    October 18, 2013 - Sonny has surgery on his thumb and is expected back by Spring.  October 10, 2013 - Sonny was given the starting job in a deciding game 5 of the divisional playoffs against the Detroit Tigers in  and suffers a fracture of his on left thumb in a 3-0 loss.  October 6, 2013 - Sonny pitiches 8 scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers in postseason play as the Athletics win 1-0.  August 15, 2013 - Sonny gets his first major league win in only his second start with nine strikeouts in eight innings as the Athletics beat the Astros 5-0.  On August 9th, Sonny was called back up to the Oakland Athletics for his start aqgainst the Tronto Blue Jays.  Previously on July 20, 2013, Sonny was sent back down to the Sacramento River Cats in order to allow him to pitch more regulary.  Back on July 9th, Sonny was called up to the parent franhcise Oakland Athletics.  Sonny Gray played for the Sacramento River Cats which is the AAA affiliate for the Oakland Athletics and was recently selected for the 2013 Minor League All-Star game.  His finished at Oakland with a 5-3 record and a 2.67 ERA.

    2012-2011
    In 2012 Sonny was was promoated to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats from the Athletics AA Affiliate Midland RockHounds. In 2011 he was selected as the 18th overall by the Oakland Athletics in the Major League Baseball draft. While for the University of Vanderbilt, Sonny wrapped up an outstanding Senior year by helping them reach the College World Series for the first time in the school's history. Vanderbilt - Sonny Gray Bio

    Family
    Sonny Douglas Gray was born on November 7th, 1989, in Smyrna, Tennessee to Jesse and Cindy Gray. Sonny became a father on January 27, 2015 as his girlfriend gave birth to a baby boy named Gunnar Carmack Gray.  In little league, people began to realize his talents, including his father, who was his biggest fan. But tragedy struck when Jesse Gray was killed in a car accident just before Sonny started varsity baseball at Smyrna High School. On the outfield wall at the Bulldogs' baseball field is a sign that reads "In Memory of Jesse Gray".  He will never be forgotten.

    Success at Smyrna High School
    On October 30, 2014 - Sonny's number 2 football jersey was retired.  Back in high school Sonny led the Smyrna Bulldogs to their first ever State Championship as the starting quarterback in his junior year in 2006. His rocket arm allowed for easy throws, mostly to University of Tennessee prospect wide receiver Rodriquez Wilks. He threw the game winning touchdown throw in the 2006 quarterfinals against their arch rival Riverdale Warriors, a game that propelled them to the championship (they had never beaten Riverdale until that day). Back in 2007 the Bulldogs repeated as AAAAA State Champions with Sonny once again leading the way. They blew out Independence in the final game of Sonny Gray's football career 46-20.

    Sonny began to display his talents on the mound during the 2006 season which saw the Bulldogs fail to reach the Region Tournament. But by the start of the 2007 season, hopes were high for Sonny and for the Bulldogs. Sonny Gray posted an 11-2 record with a 0.95 ERA in 2007 as the Bulldogs won a school record 33 games and lost only 8. They reached the State tournament, where they won the first game, then lost two the next day and were bumped from the tournament. But on their way to State, Sonny pitched two of the most historic games in Bulldog baseball history. The first game was in Clarksville, where the Bulldogs needed a win to stay alive. Sonny was on the mound and threw into extra innings as he dueled with Clarksville's ace, Ryne Harper. The game remained scoreless until the top of the 9th when the Bulldogs broke through and won the game 1-0. In the Sectional Game, Sonny threw a complete game, two hit shutout on three days rest to get the Bulldogs back to State for the first time since 1987. At the plate, Sonny was a sensational hitter, posting a .457 batting average with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. He was nominated for National Player of the Year and lost to Tim Melville. He was voted Gatorade Player of the Year by the Tennessean in 2007.

    In 2008, he went 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA. However, his season and his high school career was cut short when he broke his ankle legging out a play late in the Bulldogs' season. The Bulldogs finished 9-18 and went quietly in the district tournament. For the second straight year, however, he won Gatorade Player of the Year in Baseball.