He's actually a nice example of why using K%-BB% is safer than K/BB ratio: his K/BB ratio is a ridiculous 14.0 right now, whereas his K-BB% is a less ridiculous, but still very-commendable 23%. He just isn't walking anyone, and he's getting plenty of strikeouts. His .350 BABIP is a bit high given his other performance, and accounts for the FIP-ERA gap. So, by the stats, we have a lefty with outstanding control, excellent strikeout rates, and just one year removed from his drafted season. And he's not on anyone's prospect lists.
So, I popped Doug Gray a tweet. Dutifully, he gave a nice response:
@jinazreds Going to have to be a guy who proves he can do it at every level he gets too. Throws in the 80's with the FB.— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 1, 2015
I guess that explains it! In a subsequent tweet, he did point out that he's a lefty, so maybe he's got a shot at a relief role someday. But apparently I didn't identify the Next Big Thing, probably.
I'll still be cheering for him!