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Athletics Draft Vanderbilt Pitcher Sonny Gray In Round 1

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have selected Vanderbilt right-hander Sonny Gray with the 18th pick of the major league baseball draft.

Gray is undersized at 5-foot-11 but had the talent to go even higher in Monday's draft. He has a fastball in the low- to mid-90s and knee-buckling curveball and projects as either a closer or starter in the majors.

Gray is 11-3 with a 2.03 ERA in 16 starts for Vanderbilt this season. He has 115 strikeouts in 107 2-3 innings. He is the co-ace, along with Grayson Garvin, of the Commodores staff, helping the team reach the super regionals of the NCAA tournament.

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