Ray was added to Milwaukee's summer camp player pool Thursday, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. Ray is looking to regain his footing after struggling in his first taste of Triple-A in 2019 (.188/.261/.329 in 230 plate appearances). Given the Brewers' outfield depth and Ray's struggles last season, he's unlikely to play any significant role for the big-league squad during the abbreviated 2020 campaign.
Ray was optioned to minor league camp Monday. Ray appeared in 11 games with the big club this spring, but he was always on the outside looking in at a spot on the Opening Day roster, so it comes as no surprise that his season will begin in the minors. Ray was once a top prospect, but that is no longer really the case, and he is now simply trying to regain some sort of value after hitting a woeful .188/.261/.329 in his first stint with the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate last season.
Ray hit a solo home run in Sunday's spring game against the Reds. Ray went hitless over 10 plate appearances in February, but he picked up both his first base knock and long ball on the same swing Sunday. The former top prospect is getting a chance to show what he can do this spring, but given the Brewers' outfield depth and the fact Ray hit just .188 at the Triple-A last season, it's likely he will open in the minors.
Ray was added to the Brewers' 40-man roster Wednesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Ray missed time last season with a finger injury. He was quite poor when available in 53 games for Triple-A San Antonio, hitting .188/.261/.329 while striking out 38.7 percent of the time. He clearly has some work to do at the Triple-A level before he's deemed worthy of a big-league look.
Ray (finger) was activated from his rehab assignment and was assigned to Double-A Biloxi. The demotion to Double-A appears to be be geared toward getting Ray's confidence back following a poor season to date at Triple-A (.178/.259/.287 slash with 49 strikeouts in 25 games), in what has been both a disappointing and injury-marred campaign.