The 2016 MLB Draft got underway on Thursday night and the Brewers used their first round selection, number five overall, to select 21-year-old outfielder Corey Ray out of Louisville.
Ray, who bats left and throws left, wrapped up his junior season at Louisville, hitting .319 with 16 doubles, 15 home runs and 60 runs batted in in 62 games for the Cardinals. He also swiped 44 bases in 52 attempts and scored 55 runs.
One of the top position prospects available in this year’s draft, Ray can play any of the three outfield spots, with the speed to handle center field and the arm to play right. He ranks as average or better in each of the five tools scouts look for, hitting for both power and average and strengthens an already strong position for Milwaukee at the lower minor league levels.
In round two, Milwaukee landed third baseman Lucas Erceg out of Menlo College, before wrapping up their night by selecting catcher Mario Feliciano out of the Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico with the 75th overall pick.