Dodger Minor League Prospects

Fourth in a series of Dodger Minor League prospects by Bill Shelley is John Raglani, the fifth pick in the 2004 draft.

Name- John Anthony Raglani
Position- Outfielder
Residence- Indiana, Pa.
DOB- April 6, 1983
Height- 6-2
B/T- L-L.
04 Club- Gulf Coast Dodgers

Raglani played the entire spring for George Washington University with a broken hamate bone in his hand. It may have caused other teams to back off a bit but it's one reason why the Dodgers selected him in the fifth round of the 2004 draft. They figured that anybody who could play with the injury and still hit the way he did was a gamer that they wanted.

After signing, he reported to the Jobe-Kerland Clinic for an operation to repair the damage, rehabbed, then joined the Gulf Coast squad late in the season to hit .300 in just 20 at-bats. He was slated for the Instructional League but that was curtailed by Hurricane Jeanne. Raglani is one of several promising hitters chosen this past June. He has a quick, line drive stroke that could produce both average and power. He's an agrressive all-out player with good range on fly balls but is probably limited to left field by a below-average arm.