- Full name Rayner Contreras
- Born 09/21/1986 in Santo Domingo Centro, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 150 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
After two nondescript years in the Dominican Summer League, Contreras took one of the biggest steps forward among the Padres' international prospects in 2006. He led the Arizona League with 52 RBIs and finished seventh in the batting race at .316. After earning an assignment to low Class A in 2007, Contreras held his own until an ankle injury sidelined him for the final six weeks. He has a wiry, projectable body--he already has added 17 pounds since signing--with a chance to add significant strength as he matures. He also has shown the ability to make hard contact with line-drive power to all fields, though he still has a long way to go with his pitch recognition. His swing is loose and fluid, if a little long at times, and he gets great carry on the ball. He has slightly above-average speed but isn't a basestealing threat. Contreras has solidaverage defensive tools and arm strength, with the ability to play either second or third base. His agility isn't quite up to second-base standards, but he may be able to stick there because of his offensive profile. Contreras is on track to reach high Class A in 2008, but he might need a tuneup at Fort Wayne first.