Baseball postseason breakdown series: day II

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated now presents the second part of the seven-day series with this year's player of the year.

Starting pitcher Jonathan Gray

The one player who remained consistent all season was the one the Sooners believed they could rely on most. Gray toed the rubber and dominated opponent after opponent throughout the 2013 season with his 10-3 record and 1.64 ERA. His record is somewhat deceiving considering the tremendous lack of run support he got from time to time. The ERA justifies that statement. He tossed four complete games, two of those shutouts in his 17 appearances.

What might be most impressive, though, is his strikeout to walk ratio, which ran nearly 6:1. Gray fanned 147 batters while walking a mere 24 in 126 1/3 innings. That means he struck out nearly 10.5 hitters per nine innings. Opponents hit just .189 against the right-handed ace.

As justified by all that, Gray was selected as the No. 3 overall draft pick by the Colorado Rockies after many speculated he might go first overall. He'll receive a very healthy signing bonus.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's version of the postseason breakdown series.

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