JOHN RAYNOR
OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Age: 26
Born: January 4, 1984
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 9th Round, 275th Overall, 2006
How Acquired: 2009 Rule 5 Draft, 2nd Pick
College: UNC-Wilmington
Agent: N/A

RETURNED TO MARLINS

SCOUTING REPORT
Raynor entered the 2009 season as the Florida Marlins 11th best prospect, according to Baseball America. However, the 2009 season was a down year for Raynor, who hit for a .257/.327/.360 line in 447 at-bats in AAA. Raynor also had six homers and 19 stolen bases during that span. This follows a year in which Raynor hit for a .312/.402/.489 line in 452 AA at-bats, with 13 homers and 48 stolen bases. Raynor also had success in low-A in 2007, with a .333/.429/.519 line in 445 at-bats, 13 homers, and 54 stolen bases.

One issue with Raynor is strikeouts. Raynor struck out 121 times last year, a 27 percent ratio. He had the same ratio in AA, when he struck out 122 times. Raynor had a decent walk ratio in AA, at 12 percent, but saw that drop to 8 percent in AAA. In his minor league career, Raynor has a 25 percent strikeout rate, and a 10 percent walk rate.

Raynor is very quick, as shown by his 142 career stolen bases in 419 games. Raynor has been clocked from the right side of the plate to first base at 4.1 seconds. However, he has a below average arm, which is why he has played the majority of his time in left field, rather than center field. Raynor was in competition for the starting left field position with Florida last year, but lost out to Cody Ross in Spring Training.

Raynor seems to me like a Nyjer Morgan type in the short term. He wouldn’t be a bad option off the bench, providing good speed and defense, with the ability to play all three outfield positions. Long term, Raynor has more upside than Morgan, with the ability to hit for some power. However, he’s 26 years old, so he doesn’t have much time to grow. The big issue lies with the strikeouts, although Raynor showed that he can be productive despite a high strikeout total in his time with AA.

STATS

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2010: $400,000

Other Details:
  • Must remain on 25-man roster the entire 2010 season or be offered back to the Florida Marlins.

PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $17,500
MiLB Debut: 2006
MLB Debut: 4/8/2010
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 12/10/2009 (Removed 4/27/2010)
Options Remaining: 3 (As of start of 2010 season)
MLB Service Time: 0.000

AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS / PROSPECT RANKINGS
AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS
PROSPECT RANKINGS
2005: Colonial Athletic Conference All-Star OF
2006: Colonial Athletic Conference All-Star OF
2006: 3rd Team College All-American OF
2007: South Atlantic League MVP
2007: South Atlantic League All-Star OF
2007: Low-A All-Star OF
2008: Southern League All-Star OF
Baseball America

2007: #23 FLA
2008: #14 FLA
2009: #11 FLA
2010: #16 PIT

TRANSACTIONS
June 8, 2005: Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round, 363rd overall pick.
June 7, 2006: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 9th round, 275th overall pick.
June 16, 2006: Signed by the Florida Marlins to a minor league contract with a $17,500 bonus.
December 10, 2009: Selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the Florida Marlins with the 2nd pick in the 2009 Rule 5 draft.
April 27, 2010: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
May 4, 2010: Returned to the Florida Marlins by the Pittsburgh Pirates.