MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Per Milwaukee Brewers) – The Milwaukee Brewers selected outfielder Corey Ray from the University of Louisville with their first pick (fifth overall) of the First-Year Player Draft. Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Special Assistant to the G.M. Ray Montgomery made the announcement.
Ray, a junior at the University of Louisville, batted .319 with 55 runs, 16 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 60 RBI, 44 stolen bases a .396 OBP and a .562 slugging percentage this season. He was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Simeon Career Academy, but chose to enroll in college instead. The left-handed hitter is majoring in exercise science and was scouted by Area Scout Jeff Simpson.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ray, 21, participated in the Jackie Robinson West Little League and the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite program growing up. During his tenure at Louisville, he was named 2015 Baseball America Second Team All-America, 2015 NCBWA Second Team All-America, 2015 D1 Baseball Third Team All-America and to the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. In addition, he was a 2015 All-ACC First Team selection and a member of the 2014 Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team.
This marks the fifth time in franchise history that the Brewers have drafted with the fifth overall selection. The other selections at #5 overall included LHP Rick O’Keefe (1975), RHP Ken Henderson (1991), RHP Mark Rogers (2004) and 3B Ryan Braun (2005).
The Brewers have two more draft picks tonight, coming in the second round (#46) and the Competitive Balance Round B (#75 overall). The Draft will resume tomorrow at 12pm CT with rounds 3-10. Day three of the Draft will begin at 11am CT with rounds 11-40.