Position: Outfield

DOB: September 22, 1994

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 185

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (1st round, 2016)

Profile: One of the top college bats available in last June’s draft, the Brewers were thrilled to be able to grab Ray with the fifth overall pick of the first round. A star at the University of Louisville, Ray led the Cardinals to the Super Regionals in his junior season. He signed with Milwaukee for a deal in excess of $4 million and was aggressively sent to High-A Brevard County to begin his pro career in the Florida State League before heading down to Class-A Wisconsin to finish out the season with the Timber Rattlers during their playoff push. A good athlete with an advanced bat, Ray’s hit tool is well regarded and most scouts believe it’s a matter of when, not if, he will contribute at the big league level. With a quick bat that generates above average power, Ray uses the whole field and has plus speed to put pressure on opposing teams. He can cover significant ground in center field but can handle the corners as well, giving the Brewers options when he is ready for the call to Milwaukee.

2016: After signing with the Brewers following the draft, Ray jumped over rookie ball and Low-A and made his way straight to High-A Brevard County in the Florida State League. In a league that tends to skew towards pitching, Ray held his own, batting .247 with five home runs and nine stolen bases in 57 games with the Manatees, steadily improving each month. With Brevard’s season all but over, Ray was sent down to Wisconsin to finish out his inaugural season with the Timber Rattlers as they chased a playoff spot. He saw action in three regular season games and a pair of playoff contests against Cedar Rapids to round out the year. Ray joined Milwaukee in Maryvale for instructional league following the season but suffered a torn meniscus in his left kneww while sliding into second base, knocking him out of action.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#2)