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camisadelgolf
06-05-2012, 12:41 PM
Please use this thread to post scouting reports, links, and other comments about the Reds' 2012 second round pick.

From MLB.com:

6'02" 205lbs DOB: 10/12/93
Rahier isn't taking the most typical path as a Draft prospect. He doesn't play for his high school team. Instead, the infielder chose to play for his spring travel team, playing in wood bat games instead of for his Palm Desert High School team, and scouts have been sure to check him out this spring. An aggressive hitter who can really turn on fastballs, he has the chance to have plus power in the future. He does overswing and can struggle with breaking stuff at times. He's an average runner, but basestealing won't be a part of his game. Defensively, his best tool is his arm, though he also has decent hands and fairly good range. He likely won't stay at shortstop, though all of his skills, from the power bat to his defensive tools, should profile just fine at third base.

camisadelgolf
06-05-2012, 12:41 PM
http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=20930875&topic_id=29113154&c_id=mlb&tcid=vpp_copy_20930875&v=3

OnBaseMachine
06-05-2012, 12:42 PM
From J.J. Cooper:

#Reds take Tanner Rahier with 2nd round pick. Was best remaining player on our board (ranked No. 34 on BA 500).

https://twitter.com/#!/jjcoop36

camisadelgolf
06-05-2012, 12:43 PM
http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120604/SPORTS01/206040308/Local-player-has-chance-heavy-hitter?odyssey=nav|head

dougdirt
06-05-2012, 12:45 PM
PerfectGame.org
David Rawnsley:
If the Reds get this done, and I expect they will, Tanner Rahier is one of the best values in the draft at this point. I'd be very surprised if he doesn't hit at the professional level. If he fails to get to the ML's it won't be through lack of effort, either.

Frankie Pilierre at Scout.com
Frankie Piliere:
Reds take Tanner Rahier. There he goes. I bet the Reds are quite capable of signing him.

Frankie Piliere:
I'm a big Rahier fan. He's going to hit but some concern he outgrows SS

Benihana
06-05-2012, 12:46 PM
I love this pick. Will be fun to watch him go head-to-head with Gabriel Rosa through the system.

camisadelgolf
06-05-2012, 12:47 PM
http://vimeo.com/19805043

camisadelgolf
06-05-2012, 12:49 PM
Frankie Piliere:
I'm a big Rahier fan. He's going to hit but some concern he outgrows SS
Some concern? He's coming out of high school over 200 pounds at 6'2". Speed won't be a part of his game either. It's not a matter of whether he moves--it's a matter of when.

Tom Servo
06-05-2012, 12:51 PM
Tanner Rahier ‏@trahierss
Excited to be selected by the Reds organization! Thankyou for everyone who has been a part of my development as a person and a player #Reds

camisadelgolf
06-05-2012, 12:53 PM
I believe his name is pronounced like "fire" (instead of "Raheer" like on mlb.com).

MikeS21
06-05-2012, 12:56 PM
If they get him signed, you can pencil him in as the 3B of the future.

Superdude
06-05-2012, 12:57 PM
That's a sweet swing. 432 with a wood bat in the derby video.

OnBaseMachine
06-05-2012, 01:02 PM
According to Perfect Game, Rahier has drawn comparisons to Evan Longoria due to his physical features as well as tools as a player. Rahier is likely to move over to Longoria’s position at third base due to his size, and he could represent a consideration for the Red Sox with one of their first-round picks (Nos. 24 and 31).

Baseball America describes Rahier as a player who approaches the game with tremendous intensity. The publication cited a scout who said of Rahier, “He plays like a bat out of hell — he’s like Pete Rose.”


http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2012/06/04/potential-red-sox-draft-picks-tanner-rahier/

Benihana
06-05-2012, 01:26 PM
Did I mention I love this pick? Maybe my favorite Reds pick since Billy Hamilton.

Mario-Rijo
06-05-2012, 01:48 PM
Did I mention I love this pick? Maybe my favorite Reds pick since Billy Hamilton.

Guy plays with that kind of intensity and his name is Tanner? Oh that is too easy...

http://www.mtv.com/movies/photos/b/baseball_dream_team_070330/boyle_buttermaker.jpg

Benihana
06-05-2012, 02:08 PM
Keith Law had Rahier going #21 in the first round to the Braves in his final mock. Tremendous value.

Also noted he should be signable, as "he wants to play pro ball."

Scrap Irony
06-05-2012, 02:09 PM
Actually, I don't know if the kid will move off SS in the foreseeable future, as per Perfect Game's website:


Rahier is certainly athletic enough to handle shortstop in the near term. He’s a 6.6 to 6.7 runner who is light on his feet for his size and plenty athletic. His arm strength grades out as a plus at any position on the field and he’s thrown up to 93 mph off the mound. Rahier’s actions through the ball aren’t smooth or low effort, however, and he often has to depend on his arm strength to get outs when his release gets long. His offensive potential at shortstop could be an incredible plus, just as it is with a similar large bodied shortstop such as top 2012 shortstop prospect Carlos Correa, so moving him out of the middle infield should be done with caution.

Becoming smoother with the ball is fairly easily taught, as is a shorter throw when needed. I'd certainly keep him at SS until he forced me to move him.

dougdirt
06-05-2012, 02:13 PM
I'd certainly keep him at SS until he forced me to move him.

The Reds have done a good job at that in the past, and I imagine they will do it again with this guy unless there is someone who is just that much better who makes him move off the position to get both playing time.

camisadelgolf
06-05-2012, 02:19 PM
Becoming smoother with the ball is fairly easily taught, as is a shorter throw when needed. I'd certainly keep him at SS until he forced me to move him.
Absolutely. But he's moving to third eventually. I'll even be conservative and say it might need to wait until he reaches the upper minors. But if he were expected to stay at short, he would've been a top-20 pick.

Mario-Rijo
06-05-2012, 02:27 PM
The Longoria comparison begs a question about Rahier’s future; whether he stays at shortstop for the near or long-term or whether he’s a third baseman. Rahier is certainly athletic enough to handle shortstop in the near term. He’s a 6.6 to 6.7 runner who is light on his feet for his size and plenty athletic. His arm strength grades out as a plus at any position on the field and he’s thrown up to 93 mph off the mound. Rahier’s actions through the ball aren’t smooth or low effort, however, and he often has to depend on his arm strength to get outs when his release gets long. His offensive potential at shortstop could be an incredible plus, just as it is with a similar large bodied shortstop such as top 2012 shortstop prospect Carlos Correa, so moving him out of the middle infield should be done with caution.

Interesting note.

PG Crosschecker (http://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Playerprofile.aspx?ID=255573)

RedlegJake
06-05-2012, 02:58 PM
Rahier could end up being the value pick of the entire draft

corkedbat
06-05-2012, 03:49 PM
Rahier could end up being the value pick of the entire draft

Love this pick and the Winker one. Both are talented young HS guys and the ball just jumps off their bats.

Benihana
06-05-2012, 04:05 PM
How in the world did he fall to #78?

camisadelgolf
06-05-2012, 04:32 PM
How in the world did he fall to #78?
http://www.redszone.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2618052&postcount=46

Benihana
06-05-2012, 04:47 PM
http://www.redszone.com/forums/showpost.php?p=2618052&postcount=46

Still think it's crazy. If he was a Latin American prospect, he could get an eight figure bonus!

BoydsOfSummer
06-05-2012, 07:52 PM
I drafted Tanner earlier this month in a Diamond Mind draft. Obviously I like the pick. :) Now I get to watch him develop for two of my fave teams. Hope he delivers a bunch. Welcome to the Reds and Barbarians young man! A scout compared his intensity and approach to the game to Pete Rose. Excellent make-up is the word.

RedsManRick
06-05-2012, 09:45 PM
From what I've read, I love this pick. That the kid was raking in a wooden bat league says a lot.

Blitz Dorsey
06-05-2012, 10:48 PM
What a steal to get Rahier in the second round (and with our fourth pick overall). Reds had a great draft. (Well, I know rounds 16-40 are still to come, but so far so good. The rest of the draft is mostly minor league filler anyway.)

Benihana
06-06-2012, 10:56 AM
From ESPN's Draft Blog:

Palm Desert High School (Calif.) infielder Tanner Rahier was a potential first-round pick coming into the draft but lasted until the second round -- No. 78 overall -- when the Cincinnati Reds called his name. He's signable there despite a full ride to the University of San Diego, but it may cost the Reds more than slot, which is just less than $650,000 for that pick.

Hopefully this deal gets done quickly.

lollipopcurve
06-06-2012, 11:42 AM
I have no doubt Rahier will sign. The Reds had all night and the next morning to get their ducks in a row re: their 2nd rounder's signability. And Rahier sounded pleased to be drafted by the Reds.

Benihana
06-06-2012, 02:09 PM
http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120605&content_id=32832116&vkey=news_cin&c_id=cin

Seems like he's going to sign.

Buckley also notes he believes Rahier will eventually have to move off of SS.

camisadelgolf
06-06-2012, 11:08 PM
It's absolutely stunning that he fell that far, especially with such a strong need for third baseman at the big league level. It's the pick that could define the Reds' 2012 draft.

RedlegJake
06-07-2012, 02:52 PM
I'm blown away by this pick. I saw Rahier still on the board but thought for sure there must be a signability issue or something to fall that far. Then the Reds tapped him and everyone says he wants to play and is thrilled the Reds grabbed him. This is exactly like getting 4 first round picks because this kid is a definite first round talent. Wow!

Leave him at shirt until he has to be moved but with Rosa, Vidal, Rodriguez and Rahier third is not going to be a problem in the future. If Tanner could stay at short? That could just boggle the mind - Votto, Ryan Wright, Rahier and Rosa/Vidal in 2018.

11larkin11
06-11-2012, 03:11 AM
I just wanna stop in and say I just got a chance to watch his tape, and boy is his swing beautiful. I remember talking about how I could watch Cingrani's motion all day, and its the same with this kid's swing.

Blitz Dorsey
06-24-2012, 11:37 AM
Off to a great start with the AZL Reds (he's their 3-hole hitter). To see his stats, follow the link below. I also like that the Reds didn't mess around with him defensively. They know he'll be a third baseman if he makes it to MLB and that's the position he's playing.

Looks like he might have been one hell of a steal in the second round (as many said as soon as he was drafted).

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=621004

corkedbat
06-24-2012, 01:10 PM
Really early, but Ty Washington is another youngster off to a hot start. Signed really late last year and kind of a sleeper this year.

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=SS&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=596132

dougdirt
06-24-2012, 01:43 PM
Really early, but Ty Washington is another youngster off to a hot start. Signed really late last year and kind of a sleeper this year.

http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=SS&sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=596132

Looks like an athletic kid. I liked his swing and speed from the little that I was able to see last year after the draft.

TOBTTReds
06-24-2012, 02:44 PM
Looks like an athletic kid. I liked his swing and speed from the little that I was able to see last year after the draft.

I first assumed the HR was an ITP HR...but I'm resigned to the fact it went over the fence after the description on MILB.

MikeS21
06-25-2012, 02:21 PM
Both Rahier and Washington are listed as SS on MiLB. What positions are they really playing?

lollipopcurve
06-25-2012, 02:25 PM
Both Rahier and Washington are listed as SS on MiLB. What positions are they really playing?

Rahier 3rd, Washington 2nd. They've had their 12th rounder, Brent Peterson, at SS most of the time.

Jamz
06-26-2012, 02:43 PM
I hope this guy develops into what he can be. Looks like a monster right now and the steal of the draft potentially.

RedRedhawk
07-22-2012, 11:59 PM
@keithlaw: Tanner Rahier had to be helped off the field after he took a ball to the head off Soler's bat

@keithlaw: Yes "@gardner_21: @keithlaw was he playing third?"

RedRedhawk
07-23-2012, 12:40 AM
@keithlaw: Rahier walking out on the field postgame so I assume he's okay