MILWAUKEE -- It was 11 years ago that Ryan Braun made the roster for the Arizona Fall League's inaugural Fall Stars Game. Now, it is Corey Ray's and Jake Gatewood's turns.Despite struggling at the plate all month, that pair of Brewers Minor Leaguers -- Ray ranked second and Gatewood 18th
MILWAUKEE -- It was 11 years ago that Ryan Braun made the roster for the Arizona Fall League's inaugural Fall Stars Game. Now, it is Corey Ray's and Jake Gatewood's turns.
Despite struggling at the plate all month, that pair of Brewers Minor Leaguers -- Ray ranked second and Gatewood 18th on MLBPipeline.com's list of Milwaukee's top prospects -- have been selected to take part in the 10th edition of the showcase at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday. The game will air on MLB Network and will stream live on MLB.com.
Ray is one of 10 of baseball's Top 100 prospects slated to appear in the game. He currently ranks 58th on MLBPipeline.com's list.
"It's an honor to come here and be recognized as one of the best here," Ray told MLB.com prospect guru Jonathan Mayo. "It's an honor and a testament to the hard work I've put in, and hopefully I'm an MLB All-Star one day.
"You play against the talent and you admire because guys are really good, so just to play against the guys and play with the guys and pick their brains. Hopefully I can take something from that game that will make me a better baseball player."
Scouting and farm directors from every Major League organization selected the rosters in consultation with AFL staff. Each Major League organization is offered the opportunity to be represented by at least one player.
Ray and Gatewood made the cut on reputation rather than their AFL performances. Ray, the Brewers' first-round Draft pick in 2016, entered the week with a .182/.234/.250 slash line in 44 at-bats after a quiet season at Class A Advanced Carolina, where he posted a .679 OPS. The 23-year-old outfielder did stay healthy, however, after recovering from left knee surgery last fall.
Gatewood had a better regular season, hitting .264/.333/.441 with 40 doubles and 15 home runs in 512 at-bats between Carolina and Double-A Biloxi. In the Arizona Fall League, the 22-year-old infielder slashed .115/.207/.154 in 26 at-bats.
Last year, outfielder Brett Phillips and catcher Jacob Nottingham were named to the Fall Stars Game. Phillips made it to the Majors in 2017, appearing in 37 games.
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