Courtesy of perfectgame.org
Height/Weight: 6’2”/205 lbs
High School: Palm Desert (Calif.)
College Commitment: San Diego
Rahier isn’t your typical prep prospect; he doesn’t actually play for his high school team. Rather, the 6’2”, 205-pounder has played his spring seasons in a wood bat league with the ABD Bulldogs.
A plus runner, Rahier is highly athletic with excellent instincts that give him a chance to stick at shortstop despite his larger frame. His range isn’t spectacular, but it’s more than enough for the time being. He has a plus arm that’s been clocked in the low-90s, that, if he’s eventually moved form shortstop, should get him looks at several different positions.
But what makes Rahier a special prospect is his bat. He has extremely strong wrists and forearms, which generates considerable bat speed and line drives that jump off his bat. He has the chance to develop a plus hit tool, while his power will likely be above-average with more doubles than home runs. However, given the pull-happy approach he’s shown over the last three seasons, he’ll probably always have plus power to the pull-side.
Often compared to Evan Longoria due to his California roots, large frame and savvy on the field, Rahier employs a bizarre workout regime that includes flipping tractor tires and swinging an ax—a routine designed by his father. His final position will ultimately determine how soon he reaches the major leagues, but don’t expect to see him until the 2015 or 2016 season.