TCN 2012 Cards Prospect #37: Tyler Rahmatulla

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(including links to full 2011 and career stats)

2011 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NA 2B 2/26/1990 5-11 190 R R 2011 34th

School: UCLA

Selected 2011 stats

JC 0.314 220 49 69 27 3 6 39 26 38 5 0.390 0.545 0.935

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

CariocaCardinal (32): Tyler Rahmatulla was the Cardinals' one consistent late round draft pick listed by draft followers as having the chance to be a real find. He did not disappoint. Drafted in the 34th round, Rahmatulla established himself as the top overall middle infield hitter in the Appalachian League in 2011.

Rahmatulla reportedly fell in the draft due to off field problems but a .101 batting average in the 2010 Cape Cod summer league probably didn't help either. Whatever lowered his draft status, he seems to have overcome it. He showed a solid average with well-above average power and reportedly flashed decent leather in the field. His K/BB rate was solid as well.

Rahmatulla will almost certainly start 2012 with a full season team - the only question being whether that will be in Quad Cities or Palm Beach.

Message board community (NR): The community's #48 pick, Tyler Rahmatulla, was plucked by the Cardinals in round 34 of the 2011 draft, and shone surprisingly brightly for the rookie-level Johnson City squad. The second baseman suffered through a star-crossed UCLA career that included a broken wrist (dogpile), a broken foot, and an academic dismissal. Other than that, smooth sailing.

As a collegiate product, Tyler should have been expected to succeed in rookie ball... but the extra-base excellence was unanticipated. (Specifically, T-Rahm batted .314 this year, with 36 of his 69 hits going for extra bases.) The 21-year- old is considered more of a grinder than a "talent", but Baseball America offered some fairly positive remarks prior to the draft: "He has a chance to be an average defender at second base, with an average line-drive bat."

With his solid strike zone control, and potential defensive versatility (Rahmatulla played a handful of games at both shortstop and the hot corner this year), the former Bruin seems a plausible future MLB utilityman if everything works out. And that wouldn't be bad at all for an oft-injured player taken 1,040th overall. - BobReed

Brian Walton (40): It is pretty difficult not to like Rahmatulla's bat as he ranked in the top ten in the Appalachian League in a number of offensive categories. Though being 21 - among the oldest position players on the Johnson City roster - and hailing from a major college program, his success should not be too surprising. Rahmatulla was also helped by a .358 BABIP.

The right-handed hitter has a wide stance, powerful swing and made good adjustments and solid contact, noted our local JC reporter, Shawn Kerrick. Regarding Rahmatulla's past, it is my understanding that he was suspended from UCLA for academic reasons last spring. His 2010 problems may be attributable to that broken wrist.

My biggest concern going forward is his home defensively. He was used as a utility infielder with Johnson City, seeing time at second and third plus six games at short. At this point, his future may be as a second baseman or utility player so my excitement over his hitting in rookie-level ball is tempered. Still, Rahmatulla clearly bears watching as a late-round pick with some upside potential.

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