Jonathan Charles Gray…married to Jacklyn Kay Gray, the couple resides in Denver in the offseason…are members of Life City Church...Jon and Jacklyn have rescued three Yorkies…they volunteer at Planet Pet and periodically foster animals...Son of Jack …has a brother, Jack, and a sister, Brooke…is part Cherokee and can speak some Cherokee...A heavy metal music enthusiast and enjoys golf...Graduated from Chandler High School in Chandler, Okla...Attended University of Oklahoma, after spending one year at Eastern Oklahoma State College...Nicknamed “Gray Wolf” after getting a tattoo of a wolf paw print on his left arm in college...Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 13th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and in the 10th round in 2011 by the New York Yankees, but did not sign either time.
Made eight starts prior to being placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation on Sept. 4...Went 2-4 overall, with a 6.69 ERA (39.0 IP, 29 ER), 11 walks and 22 strikeouts...Went 1-3 with a 8.39 ERA (24.2 IP, 23 ER) across five starts in Denver … recorded two or fewer strikeouts in four of his five home starts … struck out seven in his one home win, Aug. 16. vs. Texas (7.0 IP, 3 ER)...On the road, went 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA (14.1 IP, 6 ER), eight walks and eight strikeouts across three starts … pitched his lone road quality start in his one road win, Aug. 26 at Arizona (6.0 IP, 1 ER)...Finished the season with a 5.08 SO/9 rate, after coming into the season with a career rate of 9.40...Was placed on the injured list for the fourth time in his career on Sept. 4 (right shoulder inflammation) … allowed seven runs on nine hits with no walks and one strikeout over 2.2 innings in his final start of the season, Sept. 1 vs. San Francisco.
Recorded at least 10 wins for the fourth consecutive season, the first player in franchise history to record double-digit wins in four straight seasons ... Joined Jorge De La Rosa as the only Rockies pitchers with four total seasons with double-digit wins ... Struck out at least 150 batters for the third time in his career (183 strikeouts in 2018, 185 in 2016), matching Ubaldo Jiménez (2008-10) and Pedro Astacio (1998-2000) for the most seasons with at least 150 strikeouts in franchise history ... Moved into fifth place in franchise history with 670 strikeouts ... passed Aaron Cook (558) and Jason Jennings (622) ... also moved into seventh place in franchise history with 43 wins, passing Steve Reed (33), Tyler Chatwood (34), Jamey Wright (35), Jhoulys Chacin (38) and Kevin Ritz (39) ... Allowed a home run in 16 consecutive starts July 31, 2018-April 16, the longest streak in franchise history and the third longest string in Major League history ... snapped the streak with six scoreless innings April 21 vs. Philadelphia ... Struck out a season-high 10 batters two times, in his first start of the year, March 31 at Miami, and on June 13 vs. San Diego ... his 14 career double-digit strikeout games are one short of Pedro Astacio's franchise record ... did not issue a walk vs. the Padres, his fourth career start with no walks and at least 10 strikeouts, passing Astacio and Jiménez for the most in franchise history ... Made his first career relief appearance on June 16 vs. San Diego ... entered the game in the ninth inning and issued two intentional walks before walking in the go-ahead run ... Placed on the 60-day injured list on Aug. 21 (fractured left foot) and missed the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on Aug. 22.
Made his second career Opening Day start, becoming the fifth pitcher in franchise history to start on Opening Day in consecutive years ... The Rockies won nine consecutive starts by Gray from June 22-Aug. 22, which tied a franchise record set by Ubaldo Jiménez in 2010 for consecutive team wins in starts by a single pitcher ... Pitched seven or more innings while allowing two or fewer earned runs in four consecutive starts July 14-Aug. 5 … it was the longest such streak since Ubaldo Jiménez pitched a franchise-record seven such games in succession, May 3-June 6, 2010 ... Optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 29 and made two starts with the Isotopes, going 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (10.2 IP, 4 ER), four walks and 13 strikeouts … allowed four hits and one home run ... Went 2-0 and allowed two or fewer runs over seven or more innings pitched in each of his first four starts after being recalled on July 14 … went 4-2 with a 4.68 ERA (73.0 IP, 38 ER) with 22 walks and 58 strikeouts in 13 starts in the second half, after going 8-7 with a 5.44 ERA (99.1 IP, 60 ER), 30 walks and 125 strikeouts in 18 starts in the first half.
Made his first career Opening Day start, and his first career postseason start in the National League Wild Card Game at Arizona...Was on the Opening Day roster for the first time after beginning 2016 on the disabled list (abdominal strain)...Went 10-4 with a 3.67 ERA (110.1 IP, 45 ER), 30 walks and 112 strikeouts over his 20 starts in the regular season...Made three starts to begin the season, allowing six runs across 12.1 innings (4.38 ERA), before being placed on the disabled list on April 14 (broken bone, left foot)...Went 5-1 with a 3.13 ERA (46.0 IP, 16 ER), 13 walks and 41 strikeouts at home, 5-3 with a 4.06 ERA (64.1 IP, 29 ER), 17 walks and 71 strikeouts on the road...Allowed three or fewer earned runs in 13 consecutive starts to end the season, the second-longest single-season streak by a Rockies starter in franchise history (longest: Ubaldo Jiménez,14 games, 2010) … Gray went 7-3 with a 2.64 ERA (78.1 IP, 23 ER), 16 walks and 80 strikeouts over that span...From July 25 through the end of the season, ranked tied for first in the National League in wins (seven), second in ERA (2.64), third in innings pitched (78.1 IP), sixth in strikeouts (80) and second in strikeouts-to-walk ratio (5.00)...Started the National League Wild Card game at Arizona … allowed four runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings pitched … it was the shortest start of his career.
Spent his first full season in the Major Leagues and went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA (168.0 IP, 86 ER) while setting a Rockies rookie single-season record with 185 strikeouts...Earned his first career win on May 13 vs. New York-NL after allowing two runs on five hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings pitched...Recorded 16 quality starts, the second-most on the Rockies in 2016 (Chad Bettis with 17), and the most ever in a single season for a Rockies rookie...Pitched his first career complete-game shutout Sept. 17 vs. San Diego, allowing four hits and no walks with a Rockies and Coors Field record 16 strikeouts … he struck out six batters in succession between the second and third innings to set a record for the most consecutive strikeouts for a Rockies pitcher … he struck out four batters in the second inning, the fourth time in Rockies history that four opponents struck out in one inning...His strikeouts per nine innings rate of 9.91 led all Major League rookies, ranked sixth in the National League overall, and was the highest single-season rate in Rockies history...Struck out 10 or more batters in six starts, the second-most 10-plus strikeout games in a single season in Rockies history … only Pedro Astacio had more games in a season (seven in 2000) … became the first Rockies rookie with multiple games of 10 or more strikeouts in franchise history...Combined for 26 strikeouts between Sept. 17 vs. San Diego and Sept. 23 at Los Angeles-NL to set a new franchise record for strikeouts over two consecutive games...Began the season on the 15-day disabled list with an abdominal strain and was reinstated on April 22, making his first start of the season that night vs. Los Angeles-NL.
Made his Major League debut on Aug. 4 against Seattle, and received no decision after allowing three runs (two earned) through four innings pitched. Earned no decisions in his first seven Major League starts, which according to ELIAS ties a record (also Al Levine) for the most starts without a decision to begin a career. Took the loss Sept. 14 at Los Angeles-NL for his first career decision after allowing two earned runs on six hits with a career-high eight strikeouts over 4.2 innings pitched. Allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his first three starts and posted a 2.40 ERA (15.0 IP, 4 ER) ... allowed 14 total runs across his next three outings, Aug. 21-Sept. 2, before allowing no runs at San Diego and two runs at Los Angeles-NL in two subsequent starts. Posted a 2.70 ERA (20.0 IP, 6 ER) in four road starts and a 8.27 ERA (20.0 IP, 19 ER) in five starts at Coors Field. Went 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA (114.1 IP, 55 ER) in 21 games, 20 starts for Triple-A Albuquerque
Spent his first full professional season at Double-A Tulsa, making 24 starts for the Drillers. Went 6-3 with a 3.39 ERA (69.0 IP, 26 ER), 18 walks and 61 strikeouts in 13 starts prior to the All-Star break en route to being named a Midseason Texas League All-Star ... went 4-2 with a 4.55 ERA (55.1 IP, 28 ER) in 11 starts after the break. Struck out at least five batters in 13 of his 24 starts and recorded a 8.18 strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio on the season. Following the season, was named the Rockies' top prospect by MLB.com and the club's second-best prospect by Baseball America ... named baseball's 11th-best prospect by MLB.com.
In his first professional season, he pitched at two levels: Rookie Level Grand Junction and High-A Modesto...Combined to go 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA (37.1 IP, 8 ER) over nine starts...struck out 51 with just eight walks...In his first week in High-A, Gray was named CAL-League Pitcher of the Week...He was again named CAL-League Pitcher of the Week for the week of 8/26/2013...Following the season, Baseball America ranked him as the top prospect in the Rockies farm system...the same publication also labeled him with the Best Fastball...MLB.com named him the 14th best prospect in the nation...Became the 18th Sooner drafted in the first round of the MLB Amateur Draft...tied for the highest draft pick in program history after being picked third overall by Colorado...Named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, the NCBWA and ABCA as well as Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball...selected First Team All-Big 12...honored as the Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Hall of Fame