Cincinnati Reds starter Sonny Gray would also be a great rotation option for the Colorado Rockies
Like Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray would be a great fit for the Colorado Rockies.
Gray, 32, has had three good seasons in Cincinnati after he struggled a bit with the New York Yankees. In 2021, Gray (who is not related to former Rockies starter Jon Gray) made 26 starts and he had a 4.19 ERA (114 ERA+). He had a 3.99 FIP, a 1.219 WHIP, an average of 3.3 walks and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings, and a 3.4 rWAR.
In 2020, he made 11 starts and had a 3.70 ERA. In addition, he had a FIP of 3.05, an ERA+ of 133, a WHIP of 1.214, and an average of 4.2 walks and 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
He had a fantastic season in 2019 as he was All-Star and came in 7th in NL Cy Young Award voting. He made 31 starts and had an ERA of 2.87 with an ERA+ of 162. He had a FIP of 3.42, a WHIP of 1.084, an average of 3.5 walks and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings, and a WAR of 5.9.
Like Castillo, Gray is a great groundball pitcher. Since 2019, his groundball rate is 49.5 percent, according to FanGraphs. Among starting pitchers with at least 300 innings, that rate is 10th-highest.
Gray is signed for $10.16 million for the 2022 season and there is a $12 million team option for 2023 before he becomes a free agent.