NYS Games Player Preview: 2018 OF/LHP Robert Ray (Bayport Bluepoint HS)

Dan Cevette
President, New York

Over 200 of the top players in the state will all travel to Binghamton, NY for the 2017 New York State Games on the evening of June 25th through June 27th. Over the next two months we will highlight some of the players attending this years event through our new feature.

NYS Games Player Preview

Robert Ray

Class of 2018 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2018
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: LHP
  • High School: Bayport Bluepoint
    State: NY
  • Summer Team: Team Steele
  • Height: 5-9
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L


Max FB
83 - 85
73 - 75
71 - 73
OF Velo
Exit Velo

Scouting Report

NY Games (June 25-27, 2017)

NY All-Star Games (September 17, 2016)

Sight yet athletic build at 5-foot-8, 160 pounds. The OF/LHP ran an improved 6.88 60. Offensively- Starts in a spread/even stance with a quick snap back of the hands for a load and a short stride. Swing path is short and hands lead ahead of legs, creating some resistance. Athletic enough to pull hands through the zone with a short finish. Improved lower half will allow for more drive. Line drive, line-to-line results with an exit velocity of 82 MPH. Leadoff, table setter type mold. Defensively- Laid back, upright setup in the OF. Easy approach to the ball, catching and funneling back into the body with a minimal crow hop. Accelerates through a 3/4 arm slot with a quick recoil finish. Suitable arm strength at 82 MPH that could easily be improved with some adjustments to aggression and crow hop. CF/LF projection. Pitching- On the mound Ray starts arm side with a short side step to mid chest balance point. Features a slight hesitation after breaking hands and dropping lead leg before regaining momentum. Arm action is long, clean and from a low 3/4 slot. FB sat 78-79 MPH, popping a few at 81 MPH. Sweeping breaking ball from left-to-right with sharp action and depth at 66-68 MPH; can spot and expand. Potential dual prospect at the next level at the right program.

Eastern NY Prospect Preview (August 2, 2016)

Ray stands 5-foot-8, 160-pounds with a smaller, but strong build. Offensively- Starts with his hands high and loose, wide stance with little-to-no stride on the pitch. Hands get to the ball quick and compact, barrel stays level through contact with a shorter finish. Fluid swing with some gap power projection. His exit velocity was 83 mphDefensively- projects currently as a CF using his above average speed (6.90 60), coupled with his smooth fluid actions roaming the outfield. Arm-action is long and clean with accuracy and carry to the targets (82 mph). Pitching- uses a slower paced delivery, breaking hands over the rubber before driving forward. Slight drop on his back side, proper alignment with his front side, arm action is back and long with no restrictions. Throws from a high-3/4 slot, fastball sits 77-79 mph with some arm-side run. Shows accuracy and feel for his curveball sitting 65-66 with 2/7 shape. Change up shows gradual arm side fade. Overall, Ray shows grit and toughness on the field. Displays confidence on the field, and shows signs of next-level athleticism.

New England Top Prospect Games (Sept. 27, 2015)

Defensively- As an outfielder, threw 74 MPH from right field with good accuracy and effort. Showed good footwork and range out there. Got off the ball well as an outfielder. Offensively-The swing is loose with effort in it, 75 MPH tee exit velocity. Hits out of a wide base stance and high hands. Wraps the bat on the backside but shows a clean path. Needs to get stronger to aid the swing. Good athlete as he ran well, 4.46Pitching- On the mound, showed a very good feel for his delivery and pitching. Fastball touched 78 MPH, out of ¾ arm slot and a quick arm. Slurvy breaking ball was a plus pitch at 69, late action with depth.  Changeup is a work in progress. The delivery is clean and has a slight pause in his leg lift at the bottom of it. Showed a good feel for holding runners and controlling his body. Like him on the mound, as the arm is quick and he has feel.