Colorado Rockies: Why Jon Gray isn’t a superace, let alone an ace

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KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 22: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 22: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 22, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies walks on the bench after being pulled from the game in the second inning of the National League Wild Card game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Pair of Aces

Gray isn’t a superace, but people have argued whether or not Gray is an ace.

I can think of two players who are aces for their teams who are good comparisons for Gray: Chris Archer for the Tampa Bay Rays and Carlos Martinez for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Archer has gone 51-63 with a 3.63 ERA in his six-year career.

Martinez has gone 46-32 with a 3.42 ERA in his five-year career.

Also both of these pitchers ERA+ is above 100. I wouldn’t call either of these pitchers superaces, but they are definitely aces. Statistically, Gray doesn’t stack up to either of them.

Don’t get me wrong. I think Gray is the ace for the Rockies rotation (German Marquez could make a case also). However, compared to the rest of the league (and some of the pitchers mentioned earlier), Gray shouldn’t be considered an ace.

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Now, Gray is only 26 and has great talent. He still has a lot of time and potential to grow into an ace. But right now, compared to the rest of the league, Gray is just a slightly above average pitcher. He is far from a superace and still has something to prove before being considered an ace.

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