Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles - No. 42
Born: (1974-11-27) November 27, 1974 (age 38)
July 10, 1999 for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics, (through 2006 season)
Earned run average
Kansas City Royals (1999),
Atlanta Braves (2006),
SK Wyverns (2008) (KBO),
La New Bears / Lamigo Monkeys (2010-2012) (CPBL),
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (2013- ) (NPB),
Kenneth Alan Ray (born November 27, 1974 Atlanta, Georgia) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals. Ray made his MLB debut July 10, 1999, for the Royals.
1 Early career,
2 Back in the majors,
4 External links,
After briefly pitching for the Royals in 1999, Ray spent years battling arm problems while trying to work his way back onto a major league roster.
Back in the majors:
He made a meteoric rise from 2005 to 2006. In 2005, Ray started the season with the independent North Shore Spirit of the Can-Am League before being acquired by the Atlanta Braves organization. He spent the remainder of the season with the Triple-A Richmond Braves.
On April 6, 2006, following an injury to starter Horacio Ramírez, Ray was called up from the Richmond Braves, Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate. In his first appearance for Atlanta in 2006, he struck out Barry Bonds on 3 pitches.
He was claimed off waivers by the Royals in the 2006 offseason. Ray began the 2007 season in Triple-A with the Omaha Royals. He was released on August 18, 2007. On August 30, he was signed by the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Ray began 2008 pitching for the Triple-A Potros de Tijuana of the Mexican League where he held a 6-3 record and a 3.65 ERA. Ray signed with the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization where he finished 2008.
He currently resides in Arizona with his wife and son.
On May 27, 2009, Ray was signed by the Cleveland Indians, and assigned to their AAA affiliate Columbus Clippers.
By March, 2010, Ray was pitching for the Lanew Bears in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League. In 2010 his ERA of 2.32 helped earn him a renewal, and Ray continues to play for Lanew Bears ( Now the Lamigo Monkeys ).