Sonny Gray is one of baseball’s biggest enigmas.
In 2015, Gray was a 25-year-old American League All-Star, leading the Athletics with a 2.73 ERA across 208 innings pitched. He finished third in the Cy Young award voting, and had seemingly cemented his place among the best young pitchers in Major League Baseball. With a bright future ahead, many were excited to see Gray improve across the course of what looked to be shaping up as a brilliant career.
Sure, perhaps I am overstating Gray’s performance just a tiny bit. From 2014 to 2015, he did only rank 26th out of 84 pitchers in fWAR, though he was 10th in the majors in RA9-WAR during that stretch. Nonetheless, it was still exciting to see a mid-20s pitcher putting up dominant numbers in the American League.