Corey Ray, Milwaukee’s first round pick a season ago, is set to make his 2017 debut, as it was announced on Sunday among a handful of moves, that he will join the Carolina Mudcats from extended spring training.
Ray, 22, was taken by the Brewers with the fifth overall pick in the first round of last year’s draft. He made his pro debut at High-A Brevard County, where he saw action in 57 games, batting .247 with five home runs. With the Manatees eliminated from playoff contention, Ray went down to Low-A Wisconsin to finish out the season, appearing in three regular season contests with the Timber Rattlers, as well as a pair of playoff games.
After suffering a knee injury during Milwaukee’s instructional league last fall, Ray underwent off-season surgery to repair a torn meniscus but was still invited to join the Brewers for big league spring training as a non-roster invitee. He did not participate in any games with Milwaukee and got a little bit of a late start to minor league camp before getting back into the lineup for games in late March. The Brewers opted to leave him in Maryvale for just a bit longer when they broke camp, wanting to make sure he was fully healthy and ready to play all nine innings before moving him up to Carolina.
To make room for Ray on the Mudcats roster, outfielder Brandon Diaz was placed on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury. The Brewers also announced that Jordan Yamamoto would be heading to the disabled list with right-handed pitcher Wuilder Rodriguez heading to Carolina to take his place on the active roster after Yamamoto twirled five shutout innings in his season debut on Tuesday.
Other moves made over the weekend include converted catcher Parker Berberet re-joining the Timber Rattlers as he makes his bid now as a pitcher, with righty Dalton Brown heading to the DL and catcher Adam Weisenburger being sent to Helena in a paper move to free up a roster spot for Andrew Susac at Triple-A Colorado Springs.