In 2016 the Milwaukee Brewers selected Corey Ray fifth overall out of Louisville. There was a lot of hype surrounding this left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder. Unfortunately, things never panned out. Now, it has been reported that he has retired from playing professional baseball and has joined the Chicago Cubs coaching staff.
Corey Ray has retired from professional baseball and has begun his coaching career
Ray has joined the Chicago Cubs organization as the bench coach for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Single-A)
— Louisville Baseball Alumni Report (@Lvillebsblalum) February 25, 2023
Brewers prospect Corey Ray has retired from baseball. He additionally has joined the Chicago Cubs coaching staff.
Ray, who is 28 years old, struggled with numerous injuries throughout his playing career and never really got going. Over 490 career Minor League games he owns a .235/.306/.416/.722 slash with 66 home runs and 227 RBI. Last year, he appeared in just 75 games and he elected free agency at seasons end.
The following #Brewers minor leaguers have elected free agency:
RHP Zack Brown
RHP Miguel Sanchez
RHP Hobie Harris
RHP Carlos Luna
3B Pablo Reyes
SS Yeison Coca
SS Antonio Pinero
OF Matt Lipka
OF Corey Ray
— MiLB-Transactions (@tombaseball29) November 12, 2022
Thankfully, Ray did get to make his Major League debut. He appeared in one game for Milwaukee in 2021. This came in his home town of Chicago, against the Chicago Cubs. In his one and only Major League at bat he drew a walk.
As a member of the Cubs coaching staff, Ray will start as a bench coach for their Single-A team the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. We wish him the best of luck going forward!
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