Former Vanderbilt pitcher picked to start Triple-A All-Star Game

Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:55pm
Staff reports

Former Vanderbilt ace Sonny Gray will start in the upcoming Triple-A All-Star Game.

Gray, in his third season with the Oakland A’s organization, will be the starting pitcher for the Pacific Coast League, which plays the International League all-stars on July 17 in Reno, Nev. Starters were determined by fan voting.

Gray is in his first full season with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats after he was taken in the first round of the 2011 draft. The right-hander was the PCL's strikeout leader and was fourth with a 3.02 ERA when the starters were announced Tuesday. The Smyrna native is 7-5 with 98 strikeouts and 32 walks in 95 1/3 innings and 15 starts.

He missed his scheduled start Tuesday, which created speculation about a Major League call-up and the possibility he could start for the A's on Thursday. That did not happen.

“We all knew [Gray] was a talented guy, being a first-round pick, we felt like he would be a quick mover, and it has played out that way,” manager Bob Melvin told MLB.com on Tuesday. “Now, whether or not he starts here anytime soon, I can’t tell you that, but he’s certainly put himself in a position to.”

Gray is one of three River Cats to make the all-star game. Outfielder Michael Choice and infielder Grant Green are the others.