2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Corey Ray

Corey Ray – Outfielder – Louisville.  Bats: L, Throws: L.  5’11” 185.  DOB: Sept. 22, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 – Seattle Mariners (33rd Round).

Scouted:

Xavier Musketeers @ Louisville Cardinals.  February 28, 2015, Louisville, KY (DH)

Louisville Cardinals @ Ohio State Buckeyes – April 14, 2015. Columbus, Ohio.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016, Louisville, KY (DH).

From Kyle Funkhouser to the Brothers Burdi, Louisville dominates the Chicagoland recruiting territory.  Corey Ray played his high school ball at the Simeon Career Academy in Chicago’s South Side.  Cracking the Baseball America top 500 draft rankings in 2013 (480th), Ray slid to the Mariners in the 33rd round, chose not to sign and followed through on his commitment to Louisville.

After a solid freshman season in which he hit .325 over 44 games, Ray entered 2015 regarded as one of the top sophomores in the country.  Batting in the 3-hole for the Cardinals, Ray established himself as a 5-tool threat hitting 11 homers and stealing 34 bases.

The strong sophomore campaign earned Ray a spot on the Collegiate National Team where Ray was asked to hit leadoff.  Ray responded by hitting .355/.423/.548 while leading the team in hits (22), runs (12), doubles (7), walks (7), and stolen bases (10).

Louisville coach Dan McDonnell has left Ray in the leadoff spot this spring where he’s been a table setter.  Ray’s 23 stolen bases are currently tops in the nation.

STATISTICS

*Statistics updated through 6.7.16

YEAR
AVE
OBP
SLG
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
SB/ATT
2014
0.325
0.416
0.481
5
2
1
17
12
23
4/4
2015
0.325
0.389
0.543
15
5
11
56
24
60
34/44
2016
0.319
0.396
0.562
16
1
15
60
35
39
44/52

HITTING:  As this report goes to press, I’ve seen Ray live 5 times over the last two years, amassing over 30 plate appearances.  While that’s still a relatively small sample size, I’ve easily caught another 10 Louisville games TV over that span.  A key observation during those games is that Ray has a lot of swing and miss to his game.  Much more than I expected for a prospect this highly touted.  He does, however, make some pretty impressive adjustments mid plate appearance.  He’ll come up empty trying to pull a breaking ball on the outer half and later slap that pitch the other way to leg out a double.

POWER:  Ray has average pop with potential to develop above average power as a professional.  He hit 11 home runs as a sophomore and should surpass that number this season, as he’s off to a hot start and the weather hasn’t started to heat up yet.  Ray has plus bat speed that he uses to generate doubles power to all fields.  That same bat speed can occasionally get him in trouble as he’s occasionally susceptible to chasing at fastballs up and out of the zone.

SPEED:  This is Ray’s best tool, and it plays well in games thanks to excellent base running ability.  Ray uses his speed to apply pressure on the base paths and he can be very disruptive.  He will steal any base, any time.

DEFENSE:  Ray can play all three outfield positions.  He utilizes excellent first step quickness to get good jumps and tracks the ball well.

ARM:  Ray’s arm is perhaps his least impressive tool.  It’s passable in right field, and average to above average for left and center field.

FUTURE:  Ray should surpass teammate Kyle Funkhouser (35th overall – 2015) as the highest drafted Louisville player ever.  This college outfield class is deep and Ray is regarded near the top of that group, which makes him a likely top 10 overall pick.  I’m a tad lower on Ray than the industry, but he’s still player who has 5 average or better tools, certainly making him a worthy first round pick.

DISCLAIMER:  It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they have.  I do, however, go to games to see these guys play live and talk to scouts.  While those scouts must reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.

 

 

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