Top 100 College Prospects: #99, Anthony Raglani

Outfielder Anthony Raglani, a junior this year at George Washington University, is a solid outfield prospect and continues our series of the Top 100 College Draft Prospects. Raglani does a little bit of everything and could be a very steady player in the Majors someday. For this reason, Raglani ranks #99 on our list.

Anthony Raglani was an All-American first team selection out of high school where he batted over .450 in his three years for the Indiana Indians and was known as more of a slugger. He was named an All-American freshman for George Washington in 2003 and has been named A-10 Player of the Week twice in his two short seasons. Raglani was even named National Hitter of the Week for the week of March 18th, 2003.

Raglani has been the complete package for the Colonials in left field the last two years. He runs well, plays solid defense, hits well, and his power has been developing. Raglani started both freshman and sophomore years and has a career .305 batting average with 32 doubles, 11 home runs, 18 stolen bases, and 77 RBIs over that time. After his sophomore season last year, Raglani began making a name for himself nationally after finishing third in home runs (6) in the Cape Cod League where he played for the Chatham A's. He showed up this season after adding 15 lbs. of muscle in the off-season and could make big strides in developing his power game.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

R

BB

SO

SB

2002

George Washington

.276

170

47

13

1

5

37

31

24

35

6

2003

George Washington

.331

181

60

19

1

6

40

48

32

52

12



Batting and Power. Raglani has a terrific batting eye, hits well to all fields, but his power comes more from when he pulls the ball. He certainly could be a 20 HR guy down the road.

Base Running and Speed. Despite having above average speed (runs the 60 in 6.9), Raglani has not yet become an accomplished base stealer. He did not get caught stealing in 2003 (12-12) but is more if a situational base stealer at this point and is an above average base runner.

Defense. His glove and range are excellent, but has a below average throwing arm. He has played left field in college and it will mostly likely be his position at the next level.

Projection. Raglani projects to be more of fourth outfielder on a good team, perhaps a starting left fielder on others. At this point, think Craig Wilson of the Pirates or at best, Brad Wilkerson of the Expos for an MLB comparison. He needs to be a more complete hitter to make it to the big leagues.

Outfielders

School

Seth Smith

Mississippi

Danny Putnam

Stanford

Justin Maxwell

Maryland

Jeff Frazier

Rutgers

Sam Fuld

Stanford

Jeremy Slayden

Georgia Tech

Jonathan Zeringue

LSU

Eddy Martinez-Esteve

Florida State

Ben Harrison

Florida

Sean Gamble

Auburn

J.C. Holt

LSU

Michael Griffin

Baylor

Darryl Lawhorn

East Carolina

Tony Sipp

Clemson

C.J. Smith

Florida

Brandon Boggs

Georgia Tech

Chris Carter

Stanford

Cory Patton

Texas A & M

Mark Jurich

Louisville

Danny Figueroa

Miami

Joe Pietro

New Orleans

Jeff Fiorentino

Florida Atlantic

Anthony Raglani

George Washington



Comments


There are 23 potential outfielders among the Top 100 College Draft prospects. Stanford's Danny Putnam and Maryland's Justin Maxwell appear to be the top "five-tool" talents at this position this year. Sam Fuld and Florida's Ben Harrison are two of the more complete outfielders in the draft. Tony Sipp of Clemson could be drafted as a pitcher and Jeff Fiorentino of Florida Atlantic could be the "sleeper" in this class.

1. Seth Smith - Hit 4 HRs and had 9 RBI for Team USA in the Pan American games last summer after a good sophomore year at Ole Miss where he hit .333. Hit .402 as a freshman and like Jeff Frazier, he has walked more than he has struck out in his career.

2. Danny Putnam - One of the best offensive players in the land, Putnam hits to all fields with power and for average. Played for Team USA in the summer and is the leader of the Stanford Cardinal. Hit 16 HRs last season as a sophomore.

3. Justin Maxwell - A junior for the Terps, Maxwell has developed into one of the finer 5-tool talents At 6'5", he's a big kid that still has some room to fill out. He has outstanding range defensively. Led Maryland in several offensive categories last season.

4. Jeff Frazier - The former New Jersey Player of the Year as a high school senior, Frazier is a devastating hitter against left handed pitchers, hitting .390 againt south-paws. He can hit to all fields and has developing power. Has one of the better batting eyes in all of baseball, drawing 39 more walks than striking out...a rare feat in today's game.

5. Sam Fuld - A First Team Preseason All-American, Fuld's arguably the best centerfielder in college baseball is is one of the best defensive players. He can hit, throw, run, hit for power, etc, and should be a great leadoff prospect in this year's draft. He's a Kenny Lofton type.

6. Jeremy Slayden - Georgia Tech's everyday right fielder had a disappointing second year after bursting on to the scene as a freshman when he hit 18 home runs, setting a new school record for HRs by a freshman. Boasts a .323 career mark.

7. Jonathan Zeringue - A team leader for LSU, Zeringue was a third round draft pick of the White Sox in the 2001 draft. Hit .339 with 13 HRs last season and plays a very good defensive right field.

8. Eddy Martinez-Esteve - Only a sophomore, Esteve is considered one of the best hitters in all of college baseball. Hit .371 as a freshman third baseman and is playing right field in 2004. Was a third round pick of the Mariners in 2002.

9. Ben Harrison - An all around good player, both offensively and defensively. In less that 500 career at-bats at Florida, Harrison has 23 HRs, 123 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in 34 attempts. Hit .362 in 2003 and use all fields.

10. Sean Gamble - Like Raglani, Gamble is strong in all areas. He won't hit for too much power, but could be a solid all around performer.

11. J.C. Holt - Plays a great defensive center field, making no errors last season. Played mostly second base and short stop his freshman year. Has a good bat with decent gap power. He is more of a speedster than power hitter. Holt was named the 2003 MVP of the Cape Cod Baseball League this past summer after hitting .388.

12. Michael Griffin - Played most of his freshman year at 3B, but plays outfield as well. He oozes talent in the batter's box. 43.7% of his hits in 2003 went for extra bases and played for the USA National Team in the Pan American Games last summer.

13. Darryl Lawhorn - Was named Co-National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America after hitting .416 with 19 home runs for the Pirates in 2002. Was a dominant pitcher in high school and is dripping with five-tool talent (he stole 15 bases his freshman year).

14. Tony Sipp - A left-handed hitter that can run well with speed. Depending on who drafts him, could be drafted as a pitcher. Early prediction is his future is on the mound.

15. C.J. Smith - This Florida Gator has big time power, knocking 17 home runs in 2003 which ranked second in the SEC. Smith hits to all fields and has a good batting eye. Not known for his defense, Smith committed 7 errrors at 1B last season. More of a DH type, possibly left field.

16. Brandon Boggs - A switch-hitter, Boggs is a "toolsy" player with good gap power and speed. He's a bit of a free swinger but plays a strong defensive center field. Has a strong arm and covers a lot of ground.

17. Chris Carter - A junior for the Stanford Cardinal, Carter possesses big time power, clubbing 17 HRs in just 208 career at-bats entering 2004. Missed two months of 2003 with a shoulder injury. Has good batting eye and great work ethic. Can also play 1B. A good '04 and he could rank a lot higher on this list.

18. Cory Patton - Like Jurich below, Patton has a ton of power despite size. At 5'10", Patton hit 16 HRs last season for the Aggies and still drew more walks than struck out. Uses all fields as a hitter.

19. Mark Jurich - Could have been much higher in the rankings has a hand injury not derailed him so much in 2003. At 5"11, Jurich has a lot of pop in his bat. Hit 16 HRs as a sophomore and he resembles Brian Giles in the batter's box. One to watch in 2004.

20. Danny Figueroa - Figueroa's game is all about the speed. Stole 41 bases in 63 games for the Miami Hurricanes last season. He is an on-base machine, drawing more walks than striking out, and getting 17 hit-by-pitches last season.

21. Joe Pietro - Good contact hitter, has gap power, and could be a force at the top of any lineup. His game is more about the speed than power.

22. Jeff Fiorentino - A kid that could be a real "sleeper" in June's draft. Does everything well. Has a body frame to add more weight and power. Hit .382 as a sophomore. Has five-tool talent.

23. Anthony Raglani - A junior for the Colonials, Raglani has developing power, a good eye, patience at the plate, and good gap power. His one weakness is his throwing arm. A definite left fielder.

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