Top Prospects Of The Day: Corey Ray Finally Hits Big
Today’s top prospects looks into Corey Ray, Nick Senzel, Luis Ortiz, Jose De Leon. Every name on today’s list is near the top of the organizational top prospect list and has a significant chance of making an MLB impact.
3-3, 1 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI
One of the Brewers’ top prospects, and their first-round selection in the most recent draft, Corey Ray, has gotten off to a sluggish start in his High-A home in Carolina this year. Injuries had much to do with this after he missed the first few weeks of the season, but it’s evident Ray’s climbing back into the minds of the folks who saw four- or even five-tool potential here.
On Tuesday night, Ray had one of his best games of the young season. No one on the Down East Wood Ducks staff was able to get Ray out. He finished the game 3 for 3, recorded his 11th double of the year, and walked two other times. It was encouraging to see his plate discipline on display, too. In the early going, Ray’s striking out in nearly 30 percent of his plate appearances – and has struck out at least twice in five of his last 10 games.
Because of his gifted speed, he’s carrying a contact-first approach to the plate that many evaluators believe is some of the reason as to why Ray is swinging and missing too often. This would lend optimists hope that, if Ray is willing to lessen that approach, he can take more pitches and sit on those he can drive, tapping into more power that he appears to be capable of.