Milwaukee Brewers: A healthy Corey Ray is a good Corey Ray

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MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Corey Ray #78 of the Milwaukee Brewers poses for a portrait during a MLB photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 22, 2017 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Corey Ray #78 of the Milwaukee Brewers poses for a portrait during a MLB photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park on February 22, 2017 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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In a recent game playing for Biloxi, Milwaukee Brewers prospect Corey Ray launched two homers.

Currently, Corey Ray is the number six prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. This comes after sitting second last year, behind the since departed Lewis Brinson. Poor performances, with some injuries sprinkled in there, for two seasons after being a first round pick have hindered Ray’s standing just a little bit.

Despite the low numbers, Ray has moved up to Double A, Biloxi, for the 2018 season. So far, the move is going very well. It is not surprising to see by any means either. The 23 year old outfielder is a very good hitter, who fell on some injured times.

The 2017 Season

Last year, Ray was swinging the bat for Carolina, and he was not swinging it awfully well. He did post solid numbers in May, hitting .290. However, his overall stats showed a low .200’s batting average, and 156 strikeouts in 112 games. That is not ideal for a guy who ended that season as the Milwaukee Brewers top prospect.

The 2018 Season

Each season gives players another chance to prove themselves, and Ray is taking full advantage.  In 39 games he has already knocked six balls over the wall, leaving him one short of tying his 2017 total. His batting average is also up to .266. Overall, Ray is on a much better track this year, and is clearly heating up. In the game with two homers, he also set a career high with four hits.

Is This Real?

All Ray has really been is hype to this point. In his two years of professional ball before 2018, he hit .238 and .239 with 12 total homers. At a higher level he is putting it all together, finally.

That being said, we are seeing a fully healthy Corey Ray. That is the only difference. Healthy Ray is an exciting one. He has some great power and speed that makes him dangerous to opposing pitchers. Hopefully, that combination continues to grow and he becomes a staple in the Milwaukee Brewers lineup.

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It is a good start for Ray, and he has yet to really start like this. By all accounts, this is the real deal and it is really awesome. The future is bright for the 23 year old, and if so, he will be on an excellent track to the MLB.

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