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Ray Corbett

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Raymond Daniel Corbett

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Biographical Information[edit]

Ray Corbett reached AAA as a catcher and later was a scout. His brother Sherman Corbett made the majors.

Corbett was a second-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in the 1977 amateur draft. The 50th overall selection, he was the second of four consecutive catchers drafted to end the second round. Ray hit .187/.288/.252 in 43 games that summer for the Billings Mustangs. He had 17 errors and 38 passed balls in 42 games at catcher. He led Pioneer League backstops in errors (four more than runner-up Brian Harper) and passed balls (16 more than anyone else). In 1978, he markedly improved his offense (.268/.347/.333, 9 SB, 1 CS) and defense (6 E, 10 PB) with the Eugene Emeralds. He and Darryl Cias were picked as the Northwest League All-Star catchers.

Ray produced at a .263/.360/.370 clip for the 1979 Greensboro Hornets. In 1980, he played for the Cedar Rapids Reds (.207/.294/.271 in 57 G) and Tampa Tarpons (.184/.303/.204 in 39 G). Back with Cedar Rapids the next year, he batted .267/.362/.374 and fielded .993, though he had 20 passed balls. He led Midwest League catchers in both fielding percentage and double plays (11). During 1982, he hit .283/.376/.387 for the Waterbury Reds. He led Eastern League catchers in errors (15) and passed balls (14).

Corbett split 1983 between Waterbury (.198/.325/.271 in 35 G) and the Indianapolis Indians (.113/.214/.113 in 26 G). After not appearing in 1984, he played briefly in 1985 for the Daytona Beach Admirals (.215/.318/.280 in 36 G) and the Baltimore Orioles' Rochester Red Wings (2 for 9, 2B). He finished his career with a batting line of .239/.336/.320 in 586 games as a pro, with 212 runs, 21 homers and 179 RBI. He stole 26 bases in 40 tries. Corbett fielded .981 and had 131 passed balls.

He then went to college, followed by a career in scouting. He worked for the Cincinnati Reds (1989-1991), Atlanta Braves (1991-1995), Arizona Diamondbacks (1996-2001), Montréal Expos (2002-2003), Washington Nationals (2005) and New York Mets (2005- ). His signees have included Jose de la Torre, Clint Everts, Dillon Gee, Casey Meisner, Luke Montz and Jeremy Wolf.

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