Former Dores Sonny Gray and Russell Brewer on life in the minors
Feb. 4, 2013
Vanderbilt University is a unique place and the school's baseball program is no different. Every fall and winter, former Commodores from all levels of professional baseball return to Hawkins Field to work with the VU coaching staff and prepare for next season. As spring training nears, we're catching up with the former Dores to talk about baseball life after the Black & Gold.
Sonny Gray made a lot of headway in just one full year in the Oakland A's organization pitching his way to Triple-A Sacramento from Double-A Midland. For Midland, Gray made 26 starts amassing 148.0 innings before heading off to the Pacific Coast League with Sacramento. The right-hander joined the River Cats just in time for the PCL playoffs pitching in two games. For the second straight year, Gray received an invitation to major league camp and will report to Phoenix this week for spring training.
Russell Brewer posted his best season as a pro in 2012 pitching in 47 games for Single-A Asheville. The right-hander punched out 76 batters in 60.1 innings for the Tourists in his first full season action. Brewer helped lead his squad into the South Atlantic League playoffs where he squared off against former Commodores Navery Moore and Anthony Gomez. The North Carolina native is set to report to spring training next month when the Colorado Rockies open camp in Arizona.