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Chris Ray

RHP
Chris Ray
Name: Christopher Thomas Ray
Born: Jan 12, 1982 in Tampa, Fla. USA
College: William & Mary
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 3rd round (74th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2003 (signed for $485,000)
Ray had a solid Cape Cod League season in 2002, going 2-1, 1.93 with 10 saves and 38 strikeouts in 28 innings. Off that performance and a strong sophomore year at William & Mary, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Ray looked like a potential first-round pick. He was inconsistent as a junior while moving from the bullpen to the rotation, and his stock plummeted as much as anyone in the draft. A starting role was supposed to give Ray the best chance to develop his arsenal but it didn't work out. He struggled to find a pitch to complement his 90-94 mph fastball. Scouts say Ray's splitter is his best pitch, but he didn't use it much and settled for a shaky slider and improving changeup. Even his fastball, which was clocked at 98 mph last fall, lost velocity. He got hit hard as the pitch has little movement and there's not a lot of deception in his delivery. He had trouble repeating his delivery as his body moved too quickly at times, throwing his mechanics out of whack. Ray's feel improved as the season moved along, and he gained more confidence as he switched to a two-seam fastball to get more movement from his high three-quarters arm slot. But it may have been too little, too late.
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