Corey Ray

Corey Donte Ray (born September 22, 1994) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Corey Ray
Ray with the Biloxi Shuckers in 2018
Free agent
Born: (1994-09-22) September 22, 1994
Chicago, Illinois
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 24, 2021, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through April 24, 2021)
Batting average.000
Home runs0
Runs batted in0



Ray attended Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois.[1] In the summer prior to his senior year, he played in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game.[2][3] He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft but did not sign and attended the University of Louisville to play college baseball for the Louisville Cardinals.[4]

Ray appeared in 43 games and made 19 starts as a freshman at Louisville in 2014. He hit .325/.416/.481 with one home run and 17 runs batted in (RBI). After the 2014 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[5][6] As a sophomore in 2015, he started all 65 games and hit .325/.389/.543 with 11 home runs, 56 RBI and 34 stolen bases.[7][8] Against Wake Forest, Ray stole home in the bottom of the ninth inning, to give Louisville the win.[9] After the season, he played for the United States collegiate national team during the summer.


In the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Ray with the fifth overall selection. He signed and spent his first professional season with both the Brevard County Manatees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Class A Midwest League, batting .239 with five home runs, 17 RBI, and ten stolen bases in 60 games between both teams. Ray spent 2017 with the Carolina Mudcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, where he posted a .238 batting average with seven home runs, 48 RBI, and 24 stolen bases in 112 games.[10] He played the 2018 season with the Biloxi Shuckers of the Class AA Southern League. After batting .239 with 27 home runs, 74 RBI and 37 stolen bases,[11] he was awarded the Southern League Most Valuable Player Award.[12] Ray began 2019 with the San Antonio Missions of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League,[13] but missed time during the season due to injury. Over 53 games with San Antonio, he batted .188 with seven home runs and 21 RBIs.[14]

Ray was added to the Brewers 40-man roster following the 2019 season.[15] He did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 24, 2021, Ray was promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[16] He made his MLB debut that day as a pinch hitter for Freddy Peralta, recording a walk, scoring a run, and moving to right field later in the game. He was outrighted to Triple-A on June 17, 2022. He became a free agent after the season.


  1. Sheehan, Jack (June 5, 2013). "Southland Viking's Corey Ray to Potentially be Drafted". Homewood-Flossmoor Patch.
  2. "Ray Readies For Wrigley's Brick Wall -". August 15, 2012.
  3. "All-star Ray aspiresto be an ambassador".
  4. "Ashburn – Corey Ray Journeys From Chicago's South Side to the Top of College Baseball – Neighborhood News – DNAinfo Chicago". DNAinfo Chicago. Archived from the original on December 18, 2015.
  5. "#10 Corey Ray". Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  6. Sean Gonsalves. "Cape League Dominates 2016 MLB First - Year Player Draft". Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. "- News & Observer". newsobserver.
  8. "Sullivan – Slugging Ray prefers to be a pest". The Courier-Journal. May 28, 2015.
  9. Chicago Tribune (April 20, 2015). "Simeon alum Corey Ray steals home in one of weekend's top plays".
  10. "Corey Ray Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  11. "Corey Ray Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  12. "Corey Ray Wins 2018 Southern League Most Valuable Player Award".
  13. Cely, Andrew (April 8, 2019). "Meet the Missions: New faces, expectations for 2019". KSAT.
  14. Haudricourt, Tom. "Corey Ray Faces Pivotal 2020 Season".
  15. Tom Haudricourt (November 20, 2019). "Brewers add Ray, Feyereisen to 40-man roster; trade with Indians for infielder Mark Mathias". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  16. "Brewers Place Brett Anderson, Josh Lindblom On 10-Day IL". MLB Trade Rumors.
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