Sonny Gray is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, and Cincinnati Reds.
In high school, Gray was also involved in a number of other extracurricular activities. In his school’s production of High School Musical on Stage, he played the lead role of Troy Bolton.
He was picked in the 27th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, having previously made a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University before Smyrna’s state playoff run. He was not a member of the squad.
For the Vanderbilt University baseball team, where he started out as a relief pitcher, garnering four saves before being promoted to the starting pitcher job in the latter part of the year.
He had a 4.30 ERA, which he would improve upon in the following two seasons. He was Vanderbilt’s starting pitcher of choice in 2010 and 2011.
He was the team’s top strikeout pitcher in 2010 with a 3.48 ERA and 10 victories in 15 starts (113). He finished 12-4 with a 2.43 ERA and struck out 132 batters in his junior year, which was his best season.
He also helped Vanderbilt get to the College World Series for the first time, where they lost to the eventual national champions Florida in the semifinals.
Where Is Sonny Gray From?
Professional baseball pitcher Sonny Gray is from Smyrna, Tennessee, United States and that happens to be his place of birth.