Ray among Crew prospects playing in AFL

Ray among Crew prospects playing in AFL

While the MLB playoffs were on hiatus due to Tuesday's National League Division Series rainout, many of baseball's future stars took the field for beginning of this year's Arizona Fall League slate.

Two of the Brewers' top prospects -- No. 2 Corey Ray (No. 58 overall) and No. 10 Lucas Erceg -- were in action for the Salt River Rafters' opener, a 4-3 win over the Saguaros at Surprise Stadium.

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Ray, the Brewers' first-round Draft pick in 2016, started in right field and went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

Extending his season with the Rafters allows Ray an opportunity to make up for the at-bats he lost to an early-season recovery from knee surgery. The 23-year-old hit .238 with seven homers and 48 RBIs in 112 games for Class A Advanced Carolina.

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Erceg, meanwhile, came off the bench to bat 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and a run scored. In his second professional season since the Brewers made him a second-round Draft pick in 2016, Erceg slashed .259/.333/.455 with 15 homers and 83 RBIs for Carolina and Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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Also representing the Brewers on the Rafters are pitchers Nate Griep, Adrian Houser, Jon Perrin and Quintin Torres-Costa; infielder Jake Gatewood (No. 18) and outfielder Monte Harrison (No 14).

The AFL season, typically considered a "finishing school" for prospects on the cusp of reaching the big leagues, runs through Nov. 18. Games are played Monday through Saturday at six Arizona Spring Training facilities: Surprise Stadium, Scottsdale Stadium, Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Salt River Fields, Sloan Park and Peoria Sports Complex.

Each organization is required to send at least six players to compete in the six-team league. This year, the Brewers' prospects are competing on the Rafters alongside players from the D-backs, Orioles, Rockies and Marlins.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.