Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Tampa Bay Rays: John Raburn IF #6

40 Rays 40 Days

John Raburn
IF #6
HT:6'0 WT:164

The Dish: John Raburn was the Los Angeles Angels 16th round pick in 2000 out of the University of South Florida. Raburn has bounced around the minor leagues in four organization for the past eight seasons. Raburn was seleced by the Rays in the 2004 Rule V minor league draft and spent all of 2005 with AA Montgomery hitting .284/.351.337 with one home run and 31 RBI. He spent most of 2006 at AA, but was promoted to AAA Durham where he hit .194 in 24 games. He spent all of 2007 in the Marlins minor league system. A true utility player Raburn has played C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF and pitched in eight games. He is a career .274/.370/.337 hitter with only five career home runs, however, he has an ERA of 0.00 in seven innings.

2007 Numbers(AA Carolina)95 Games .241/.336/.318 with 2 home runs and 23 RBI (AAA Alburqurque) 21 Games .292/.370/.375 0 home runs and 6 RBI

Role for '08: Raburn literally appeared out of nowhere this spring and just recently appearing in a game for the Rays. The Rays resigned Raburn on Jan. 6th 2008, but He was just added to the Rays 40 Man Roster. If you believe in the magic of Spring Training Jersey numbers Raburn is listed as #6, so that may indicate he could be battling out with Andy Cannizaro for a temporary spot if Zobrist goes on the DL. If not I guess Raburn could be stashed away at AAA Durham as an insurance policy

The Official Site made a mistake in listing Raburn on the 40 Man roster, but who cares I did the work lets count Raburn as the 41st man.

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