Jeff Gray

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Jeff Gray

Jeff Gray delivers a pitch for the Sacramento RiverCats.
Chicago Cubs — No. 34
RHP
Born: October 19, 1981 (1981-10-19) (age 32)
Alvin, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
September 5, 2008 for the Oakland Athletics
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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[edit] Miscellaneous Info

Full Name: Jeffrey Michael Gray
Height: 6'3" Weight: 205 lbs
High School: (HS) Lafayette (Balwin, MO)
College: Missouri State University
Acquired: via trade from Oakland Athletics with 1B/OF Matt Spencer and RHP Ronny Morla for OF/3B/1B Jake Fox and INF Aaron Miles in December, 2009.
Status: Last pitched for the Seattle Mariners. Was once on Cubs 40-man roster but outrighted after 2010 season and then granted free agency where he signed with Chicago White Sox.

[edit] Notes & News

Gray grew up in Missouri, a Cardinals fan, although claimed to like the Astros as well.

He was drafted in 32nd round, 967 overall in 2004 amateur draft by Oakland Athletics. He was added to their 40-man roster before the 2008 season. After the 2008 season, he was sent to the Arizona Fall League for the second time in his career(the first in 2007) and reworked his mechanics to add some deception to his delivery. He also reworked his approach towards hitters, trying to focus more on pitching to contact. His strikeout rate did decline in 2009, but his walk rate and groundball rates went up, along with a better ERA. He was called up four times during the 2009 campaign with the A's, the first three he just pitched once before being sent down and finally stuck on the roster after his final call-up in August.

[edit] Honors & Awards

Has been a member of 2 AFL championship teams and 2 PCL championship teams.

[edit] Prospect Lists

34th on Scout.com A's list after 2009 season.[1]
48th on Scout.com A's mid-season list during 2009 season. [2]
47th on Scout.com A's 2008 list. [3]
35th on Scout.com A's 2007 list that followed the season. [4]

[edit] Injury History

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[edit] Scouting Report

Worked with A's bullpen coach Ron Romanick to add some deception to his delivery after 2008 season, which mostly entailed lowering his arm slot a bit.

[edit] Repertoire

"four-seamer (up to 96 mph), a sinker, a slider, a changeup and a curveball"[5]. He uses the sinker and slider primarily.

[edit] Footnotes

  1. "Oakland A's Top-50 Prospects: 35-31" by Melissa Lockard; http://athletics.scout.com/2/926072.html
  2. "Mid-Season Review: A's Prospects 41-50" by Melissa Lockard; http://athletics.scout.com/2/875333.html
  3. "Mid-Season Review: A's Prospects 41-50" by Melissa Lockard; http://athletics.scout.com/2/772099.html
  4. "Oakland A's Top-50 Prospects: 35-31" by Melissa Lockard; http://athletics.scout.com/2/701925.html
  5. "Q&A with Jeff Gray" by Steve Holley; http://cubs.scout.com/2/935191.html

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