Name-JOHN ANTHONY RAGLANI
Residence- Indiana, Pa.
DOB- April 6, 1983
How Obtained- Drafted in fifth round 2004
06 Clubs- Vero Beach (Florida State), Jacksonville (Southern)
Raglani only got into six games in his signing year because of an operation to repair a broken hamate bone in his right hand. He more than made up for that the next year by excelling in the demanding Florida State League, hitting a solid .289 with 19 home runs and 77 RBI. That earned him the Guy Wellman award as the organization's Rookie of the Year.
However, he was never able to duplicate that in 2006. Moved up to Jacksonville he got into some bad habits at the plate when he tried crouching to get more lift on the ball. That only threw him into a slump and eventual return to Vero Beach.
There he quickly seemed to solve the problem, hit .317 and was recalled to Jacksonville. After that he seemed to move on and off the track, winding up with a .244 mark and only nine home runs.
Nor did he really get with it in the Arizona Fall League. He had one memorable game in which he slammed two homers but those were the only two he managed while
there, finishing with only a .237 mark.
They feel he's a better hitter than that with a short stroke that allows him to make good contact. It was trying to become more of a long ball threat that caused him to stray so he may go back to his old style which he used to effectiveness in college (George Washington U.) and the beginning of his pro career. He's a hard worker, runs the bases well and has an average arm.
He'll probably return to AA ball to begin 2007