2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Sonny Gray
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at Cincinnati Reds pitcher Sonny Gray to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
I’m not entirely sure if there was ever a player to be happier out of New York than right-hander Sonny Gray . The righty was solid in Oakland, outside of 2016, but things just didn’t click for him in New York. He logged 195.2 total innings for the Yankees, going 15-16 with an ERA well above 4.00 and inflated home run rate. He induced fewer ground balls with the Bronx Bombers and some switches to his repertoire really set him back. However, despite perhaps a worst park for pitchers, Gray turned things around for a productive 2019 season. In 175.1 innings pitched with the Reds, he went 11-8 with a 2.87 ERA (3.42 FIP, 3.65 xFIP), a 9.6 percent walk rate and a lofty 28.9 percent strikeout rate.
To be honest, he was exceptional in terms of Statcast metrics, and far better than his previous season. Take a look at his overview from 2019, and you will see a lot of red, which is good!
He was bad in New York, but some of the marks above might be in line for some regression, but...