Pirates claim outfielder from Marlins

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Pirates selected outfielder John Raynor from the Marlins with their first pick, No. 2 overall, of Major League Baseball's Rule 5 draft this morning.

Raynor, who will turn 26 next month, batted .257 for Class AAA New Orleans last season, with six home runs, 24 doubles, two triples, 36 RBIs and 19 steals.

"John Raynor is an athletic outfielder, with some threat at the plate," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "He has the speed and defensive capability to play all three outfield positions and has the upside to project as a potential everyday outfielder in the future. He will compete for a bench role in spring training."

Raynor was the Marlins' ninth-round draft pick in 2006. In 2007, his first full professional season, he was named the South Atlantic League's MVP for batting .333 with 13 home runs, 57 RBIs and 54 steals with Greensboro. He was also named Florida's Minor League Player of the Year. His career average is .299, with 36 home runs over four seasons. In 2008, Baseball America named him the fastest baserunner in the Class AA Southern League.

A team claiming a player in the Rule 5 must pay $50,000 and keep that player on the 25-man roster all season. If the player does not stay on the roster, he must be offered back to his original team at half-price.

Check PBC Blog for details, updates.



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