PHOENIX — The household operate, double and three runs batted in versus the Chicago Cubs on Saturday had been a great step for Corey Ray.
But his goal is to do extra than just set up numbers this spring.
In his second main-league camp with the Milwaukee Brewers and his 1st as a balanced, total participant, the 24-year-old outfielder is attempting to clearly show he is a entire participant who can do all the minor points that can also positively have an impact on a staff.
“I’m not so significantly final result-oriented this spring,” he claimed on Sunday. “My goal is to just set together as quite a few excellent at-bats as I potentially can. Swing at strikes, do the job if a runner desires to be moved around or a runner desires to be introduced in.
“Whichever my numbers are or whichever the final result is, it is what it is. I consider that for me, continuing to set in the get the job done I have been placing in and not remaining so final result-oriented, but method-oriented and staff-oriented will conclude up with improved benefits.”
Ray was a extremely minimal participant the 1st time he came to huge-league camp in 2017 — eyes and ears, as manager Craig Counsell likes to say — as he rehabbed a surgically fixed knee.
Now, with two absolutely balanced minor-league seasons beneath his belt, the 2016 No. 1 decide (fifth in general out of the University of Louisville) is regarded as a single of Milwaukee’s major potential customers.
Ray is coming off a 2018 in which he was named the two the Brewers’ minor-league participant of the year and the Southern League’s participant of the year after hitting .239 with 32 doubles, 27 homers, 74 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 135 game titles at Class AA Biloxi.
With his wellness no extended an challenge and his stock at its maximum since joining the Brewers, Ray is searching for to extract all he can out of his second go-round in main-league camp.
“Seeking to decide up anything at all I can to make myself improved – a improved participant, a improved professional,” Ray claimed. “I consider I have obtained three excellent fellas to follow after that do it at a superior amount (Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun) and do it every day.
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“I consider the struggle for me is doing it every day. I have obtained three fellas that I get floor balls with, that I get to hit in the similar BP team and that I’m all around every solitary day, and I’m just attempting to understand as significantly as I potentially can from them.
“It is extremely, extremely helpful.”
When Ray is studying loads from the recognized outfielders in camp, he is also remaining served by the existence of fellow kids like Troy Stokes, Jr., Lucas Erceg, Tyrone Taylor and Keston Hiura with whom he is played and made bonds in the minors previously.
Ray, Stokes and Taylor all are anticipated to see in depth time in the outfield this spring with the Brewers in in no hurry to force their veteran trio of Yelich, Cain and Braun.
And that seems just fine to Ray, who additional his third hit of the spring in Sunday’s 10-1 victory around the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium.
“Definitely,” he claimed. “You want to be in entrance of individuals fellas as significantly as you can just in case they need to have to phone your quantity so they know what they’re acquiring.
“I consider setting up that partnership and setting up a job as a excellent participant or a dude that puts together excellent at-bats or plays excellent defense and is an individual who can add to the huge-league staff profitable is really helpful.”
At some position, individuals innings will commence drying up and Ray, Stokes and Taylor will head around to minor-league camp to commence making ready for the time. It is most likely individuals three will comprise the outfield at the Brewers’ new Class AAA affiliate at San Antonio.
Generate there, and who is familiar with? A September phone-up could possibly be in the operates.
“For me, it’s like a shark smelling blood,” Ray said of that possibility. “You go more difficult. You get the job done more difficult and you do whichever it is that you consider you need to have to do to get ready on your own for that amount.”