Player: Matthew Railey
Drafted by: Arizona Diamondbacks
DOB: 03/16/1995 (Age: 19)
Height/Weight: 5’11”, 195 pounds
School: North Florida Christian HS (Fla.)
College Commitment: Florida State
Though he’s old for his class, Matthew Railey, who turned 19 in March, emerged this spring as one of the more underrated hitters in the state of Florida, and also befitting the from additional exposure brought by teammate Carson Sands.
On the year, the left-handed hitting Railey batted .407/.409/.686 with 10 doubles, four home runs, seven steals and 23 RBI in 27 games for the Eagles.
Over his four-year varsity career, Railey batted .369/.474/.619 with 32 doubles, 10 home runs, 23 stolen bases and 34/47 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 93 games.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
5’11”, 195-pound left-handed hitter has a smooth, compact swing that generates consistent, hard line-drive contact; has quick, strong hands that allow him to stay short to point of contact; impressive bat-to-ball skills; good natural feel for hitting; employs a quiet approach designed for spraying the ball from line to line.
Possesses good strength and solid build; more gap power at the present than over-the-fence pop; swing is geared for line drives, but he’ll occasionally sell out for power; will need to offer more consistent thump to profile as a corner outfielder.
Not a burner but moves well once underway; speed tends to play up due to impressive athleticism.
Arm strength is a tick below average and suitable for center or left field.
Currently a center fielder, but his lack of speed and modest instincts may force a move to left field; shows average range but good closing speed; reads and routes stand to improve with experience; projects as an average defender regardless of future position.
MLB Player Comparison: David DeJesus
Railey compares to David DeJesus for his potential for average hit and power tools at maturity, as well as the likelihood he spends his career in left field or even as a fourth outfielder.
Projection: Second-division left fielder/fourth outfielder
Major Leagues ETA: 2017
Chances of Signing: 80 percent
Railey, 19, is old for this class and will be a draft-eligible sophomore if he honors his commitment to Florida State next season. However, there’s a realistic chance he'll sign if a team drafts him in the first several rounds.