The Oklahoman's All-Big 12 Team: Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray stands atop conference

Gray, who could be the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft, dominated the Big 12 often, earning Pitcher of the Year honors.
by John Helsley Published: May 20, 2013

The number 1, and all its connotations, continues to be attached to Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray.

Ace. Friday night starter. Leader.

And then there's the big No. 1 — the potential top overall pick in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Gray stands first, too, on The Oklahoman's annual All-Big 12 Team, fronting the rotation and taking the honor of Pitcher of the Year.

The 2013 All-Big 12 Team is dominated by Wildcats, following Kansas State's first-ever run to the conference regular season championship. Three 'Cats make the roster, including Player of the Year Jared King, while Brad Hill is Coach of the Year and pitcher Jake Matthys is Freshman of the Year.

Still, quite often, the Big 12 was dominated by Gray.

At 8-2, the big right-hander tied for the conference lead in wins. Opponents batted .188 against him, again the best in the Big 12.

And his power pitcher reputation is fully recognizable in his conference best 10.25 strikeouts per nine innings, the result of 115 whiffs in 101 innings.

“Not only can he throw 100 mph,” said teammate Dillon Overton, “but his presence on the mound is just unbelievable.”

Yeah, there's that, too.

“My gosh, that guy is pretty special,” Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday said after his team won a game started by Gray. “I can't wait to watch him continue his career. He's a very gifted kid.”

Gray's next career stop is all but certain: professional baseball.

Most draft analysts have Gray going either No. 1 to Houston, or No. 2 to the Chicago Cubs. And no lower.

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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