Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Indian Wells, California
Born: October 12, 1993
Rahier drew some attention (and not all of it positive) when he chose to forgo playing his senior season at Palm Desert High in favor of playing with a traveling wood bat squad. While the level of competition is greater, Rahier doesn’t draw the same kinds of crowds that he would have had he stayed local.
That said, there is plenty to love about this scrappy player. For starters, his work ethic and love of the game are off the charts. He plays the game in a way that resembles the great Pete Rose. All out, all the time.
At the plate, he resembles another all-out player, Bryce Harper. He swings hard and seemingly tries to kill the ball every time up to bat. As a result, he too has struggled with pitches that drop out of the zone. He does have decent pitch recognition though, and should draw a fair share of walks to go with his strikeouts.
Rahier doesn’t have awe-inspiring power and should develop into more of a doubles guy than a threat to hit 20-25 homers.
While he’s looked good at shortstop this spring, there’s not much of a chance he sticks there long-term. He profiles better at either second or third base.