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D-backs take second center fielder in Bray

PHOENIX -- Outfielder Colin Bray starred in three sports at Vancleave High School in Vancleave, Miss., initially signing with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to play football. On Friday, the D-backs made him their 180th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

A late scholarship offer from South Alabama caused Bray to change plans and choose baseball. After getting just 50 at-bats as a freshman, he transferred to Faulkner State Junior College.

This year, Bray hit .406 through 39 games with 44 runs, 24 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. He's committed to play at Troy next season.

Defensively, Bray reads the ball well off the bat and has plenty of range for a center fielder. If he signs, his athleticism and defense will allow Arizona to be patient as he develops offensively. He had a fielding percentage of .989 with just one error for Faulkner State this year.

Bray has plus speed and makes a lot of contact.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for
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