Saturday, June 11, 2011

Yankees Draft: 41st Round - Jeremy Rathjen CF

H:6'6"
W:190
B/T:R/R

Rathjen is coming out of his junior year at Rice University.

Played for Memorial High School in Houston, Texas.  His Rice bio page says this:
The 2008 valedictorian of Memorial High School in suburban west Houston. Two-time all-District 19-5A honoree.  He led the Mustangs to a 28-6 record, district championship and the regional quarterfinals of the state tournament.  Named to the 2008 5A Baseball All-State Academic Team.  He maintained a 6.517 grade point average on a 6.0 scale.  


He was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 45th round of the MLB draft out of high school.


In 2009, he played in 40 games, 24 starts mostly in the outfield.  He hit .242 with a HR, 13 RBIs, and 11 runs. He played summer ball for the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League and was selected as the fourth-best individual prospect in the league after batting .323 (31-of-96) with four home runs, two triples, seven doubles, 20 RBI, 17 runs scored and eight stolen bases. His stellar season helped lead Santa Barbara to the league's regular season championship.


During his sophomore season he was selected to the second team  All-Conference USA, second team  NCAA District VI All-Academic and Conference USA All-Academic Team.  He played in 63 games, starting in 53 of those.  He hit .339 when playing in the outfield and .280 at DH. He also hit 13 HRs, and 69 RBIs.


This past season, as a junior, he played in only 16 games.  In those games he hit .295 with a HR, 18 RBIs, and 7 runs.  He was selected to the preseason All-Conference team for Conference USA.  He did not live up to the hype due to a torn ACL during March of this season.


In February, Perfect Game USA wrote this scouting report:
Rathjen isn’t as polished of a defender as Drew Stubbs was for the Texas Longhorns, but he’s a similar athlete, with long and lean proportions that takes long, gliding strides in the outfield.  Rathjen is still somewhat raw in almost every facet of his game, but he has shown dramatic improvement.  At the plate he has good bat speed and power potential, but he has the tendency to swing and miss, and needs to show better pitch recognition.  He has plus speed and the potential to be a threat on the basepaths, but needs to get better reads and jumps.  In the outfield he can cover a lot of ground and has a good arm, but is working to improve his routes to get better jumps on fly balls.  Everything is there for it all to come together for him to become a true five-tool athlete this spring, and a few more finishing touches could lead to a big bump on draft boards.

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