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John Raynor
Pittsburgh Pirates — No. --
Born: January 4, 1984 (1984-01-04) (age 26)
Benson, North Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right

John Patrick Raynor (born January 4, 1984 in Benson, North Carolina) is a minor league baseball outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

Minor league career

John Raynor was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round of the 2005 MLB amateur entry draft, but did not sign, choosing to return to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for his senior year. In the 2006 MLB draft, Raynor was selected in the 9th round by the Florida Marlins and signed by scout Joel Matthews.

In 2006, Raynor played 54 games for the Marlins Class A Short-Season affiliate, the Jamestown Jammers in the New York-Penn League. He hit .286, 4, 21 with 21 SBs and was selected as a NY-Penn league all-star. He spent the entire 2007 campaign with the Marlins Class A affiliate, the Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League. Raynor hit .333, 13, 57 with 54 SBs and 110 Runs scored. He was named a South Atlantic League All-Star, MVP of the South Atlantic League, and was also selected as the Florida Marlins organizational Player of the Year for 2007.

Raynor spent 2008 with the Double-A Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League. There, he hit .312, 13, 51 with 48 SBs, and 104 Runs scored. He was named a Southern League All-Star and started in left field for the North Division in the mid-summer classic.

That fall, Raynor was selected by the Marlins to participate in the Arizona Fall League for the Mesa Solar Sox. He played in 8 games for Mesa before being hit in the left hand by a pitch that cut his AFL season short. During his short time in Mesa, he hit at a .364, 1, 10 clip with 4 SBs, including hitting for the cycle on October 10 versus the Surprise Rafters.

On December 10, 2009, the Pittsburgh Pirates took Raynor with the second selection in the 2009 Rule 5 draft.[1]


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