AFL Road Trip: Raynor Goes Home

MESA, Ariz.—So much for enjoying the Arizona Fall League.

Marlins outfield prospect John Raynor caught a flight back to the organization’s spring training campus on Tuesday, a week after he suffered a broken bone in the back of his left hand.

Raynor was hitting .364/.410/.606 with 10 RBIs in 33 at-bats for the Mesa Solar Sox. This after a nice year at Double-A Carolina, a team that fell a win shy of winning the Southern League championship.

The worst part of the injury, other than having to abandon the AFL with three weeks to go, was that it came in his seventh at-bat of a blowout win for his Mesa Solar Sox.

“I’m fortunate that I made the best of my time here,” Raynor said. “It feels worthwhile still. (2008) was a time for me to step up and show the organization that I can handle any level.”
Raynor, 24, jumped to Double-A after spending 2007 at low Class A Greensboro. He was working on his bunting as well as getting better jumps on flyballs when he played in the outfield.