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Sonny Gray to Join A’s

July 10, 2013

Earlier this week I buried the lead sort of. Despite my genuine excitement that Grant Green was being called up to the A’s instead I went the route of talking up the fact that Adam Rosales was being DFA’d. No burying the lead today! Sonny Gray, the A’s first overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Vanderbilt University in beautiful Nashville, Tennessee has been called up from Sacramento. Gray has spent his entire year with the River Cats and after middling numbers in 2012 in Midland (4.14 ERA, 5.9 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 and 0.5 HR/9 for a 3.83 FIP) he put up great numbers in Sacramento this year (2.81 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and 0.4 HR/9 for a 2.61 FIP).

While I am excited to see him and understand with the schedule and All-Star break etc coming up the stability that that will provide for Dan Straily the man being optioned, I still wonder if a temporary bullpen assignment will adversely effect the young righty (all 49 of his appearances in MiLB have been starts). Regardless that is not a decision for me to make. Gray will get work in the A’s bullpen and it is being described as getting his feet wet not a permanent assignment to the MLB squad. Presumably on July 23rd he will be jettisoned back to Sacramento when Straily’s spot in the rotation will once again appear on the calendar. Straily for the second time this season gets rewarded with a great start with an option following the game. Last night Straily threw six and a third innings allowing just one earned run on just two hits, with three walks and seven strikeouts – the lone mistake a solo shot surrendered to Pedro Alvarez. On the year Straily has pitched 80 innings with the A’s for a 4.28 ERA and 3.68 FIP backed by 7.4 K/9, 2.9 BB/9 and 0.8 HR/9, with the balance of his time spent in Sacramento where he has thrown 24 2/3 innings of 1.46 ERA, 2.47 FIP and 9.5 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and 0.4 HR/9 baseball.

Hopefully this move accomplishes two things: 1) Gray gets his feet wet without getting out of his rhythm and 2) Straily keeps his rhythm without losing his momentum.

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