In his one-inning appearance with the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League that year, he only faced two batters.
Ray made his first career start on May 10, 2011, pitching five innings for the Class A Hagerstown Suns while striking out six batters and walking none after spending five weeks in extended spring training.
Ray had a strong season despite Hagerstown missing the South Atlantic League playoffs, going 2-3 with a 3.13 ERA in 20 starts.
Ray struggled with the transition to Class A-Advanced after being promoted to the Potomac Nationals for the 2012 season.
In 105+2/3 innings, he was 4-12 with a 6.56 ERA, 49 walks, and 86 strikeouts.
Ray said the season “put me in my place and showed me what I needed to focus on,” and he spent the winter working with minor league pitching coach Chris Michalak to improve his pitching mechanics.
Ray improved his pitching confidence by rotating his hip mid-pitch and raising his arm slot. This allowed him to isolate the strike zone.
Ray was selected for the CAR All-Star Team after leading the Carolina League (CAR) with 93 strikeouts and tying for fourth with an ERA of 2.84 in the first half.
On July 5, 2013, Ray was promoted to the Double-A Harrisburg Senators after going 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 16 starts and 100 strikeouts in 84 innings.
How Much Does Robbie Ray Make?
Robbie Ray receives a yearly salary of $23,000,000 on average. Ray’s base salary in 2022 will be $21,000,000