Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/2/13
It is no secret that the Oakland A’s pride themselves on developing young starting pitching.  What is also apparent is that they are not afraid to deploy them at a moments notice and run with them.  Ever since the days of Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, and Mark Mulder, the A’s have won many games with many young starting pitchers.  Since 2003, including the three above, the list goes on from Rich Harden, Joe Blanton, Dan Haren, Dallas Braden, Brett Anderson, Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, A.J. Griffin, Tommy Milone (via Trade – no prior MLB experience), Jarrod Parker (via Trade – no prior MLB experience), and Dan Straily.  We will soon be adding former A’s 2011 first round pick (18th overall) and current Sacramento River Cats starting pitcher, Sonny Gray, to that prestigious list of names. With the River Cats this season (thru May 30th), he has a 5-2  W-L record, with a 2.38 ERA, 19 BB’s, 58 K’s, 9.2 K/9, and a 1.235 WHIP.  More impressively, he’s only given up 1 HR in 9 games started and 56...
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