With the fifth pick in the 2016 draft, the Brewers added another quality outfield prospect in University of Louisville 22-year old Corey Ray.
With prospects like Brett Phillips, Trent Clark, Monte Harrison and Tyrone Taylor scattered throughout the Brewers minor league system, Ray joins a crowded position. Coming into the Draft, Ray was ranked in the top five in most mock drafts, and was even ranked as high as the top prospect in the whole draft by some.
So far this season at Louisville, Ray is batting for a .319 average, a .562 slugging and has hit 15 home runs. His contact/power combo hitting, tied in with his speed (he has 44 stolen bases) gives him potential to quickly climb the ranks in the outfield within the Brewers organization.
Ray, a Chicago native, went to Simeon Career Academy, coincidentally the same high school that Bucks standout Jabari Parker went to.
One thing that picking Ray with the fifth overall pick has done is put more pressure on the Brewers to make moves and potentially get more serious about trading 32-year old Ryan Braun. With the logjam of young talent throughout the minor league system, on its way up the pipeline, at the outfield position, and with Domingo Santana already at the major league level, moves will have to be made.
*Stats from gocards.com
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