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Sonny Gray
Birthdate: 11/7/1989 (27 y, 4 m, 18 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-10/190     Position: P
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 18, Overall: 18, Team: Oakland Athletics
Contract: $3.6M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Gray (back) will continue his throwing program Wednesday, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports. (3/22/2017)
Injury: Back, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Gray seemed to establish himself in 2015 when he made his first All-Star team and finished third in American League Cy Young voting with a slightly improved version of his strong 2014. Riding high expectations, things did not go nearly as strong for the right-hander last year. Gray went 5-11 with a 5.69 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP, raising his career ERA from 2.88 to 3.42. The Tennessee native was hampered by arm issues, landing on the disabled list twice and making just 22 starts (117 innings total). Many will point to Gray’s poor luck in terms of batting average on balls in play (.319), which may go hand-in-hand with an Oakland defense that ranked last in a number of metrics. Additionally, 18% of the fly balls he allowed went for home runs, compared to just a 9% rate in his career before last year. While Gray is certainly not blameless when it comes to his troublesome numbers in ‘16, there are enough negative factors in play that one could certainly see a decent bounceback for the 27-year-old next year -- especially if he is once again fully healthy. That is already in doubt, though, as a lat strain will cost him Opening Day and could sideline him for the first few weeks of April. (Dylan Higgins)

The Quick Opinion: After a dynamite season in 2015, just about everything went wrong for Gray in ‘16. Although he may once again have a modest defense behind him next year, the 27-year-old certainly has the skills to turn things around, when healthy. Problem is he's already slated to start the season of the DL. He is a deep league consideration if DL spots are plentiful. 

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