Former Vanderbilt ace and Smyrna native Sonny Gray has been called up to the big leagues.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Gray will join the Oakland A’s and pitch out of the bullpen initially. He was scheduled to start for Triple-A Sacramento at Colorado Springs on Tuesday but was replaced by Chris Resop.
The right-hander is 8-5 with a 2.81 ERA and 107 strikeouts and 34 walks in 102.1 innings this year with Sacramento. He was slated to start the Triple-A All-Star Game next week.
Oakland took Gray in the first round of the 2011 draft. He played just one game that summer in rookie league before being promoted to Double-A Midland. He split the 2012 season between Midland and Sacramento. He is 15-15 in 49 starts three seasons in the minor leagues with 226 strikeouts.
Gray, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder, spent three years at Vanderbilt. He is second in program history with 27 wins and fourth with 317 strikeouts.