Two-way Player with MiLB Experience with Kansas City Royals Seeking Team Overseas for 2020-21
Name: Paul Raglione
Weight: 215 lbskg
DOB: January 15, 1987
Date Available: May 11, 2020Pro
Positions: 3B, SS
Positions (alt): 1B, 2B, OF, SP, RP, RF, CF, LF
College: University of Oregon
Paul Raglione is a right-handed pitcher who was drafted out of high school in 2005 by the KC Royals. Was rated as the Royals best late-round draft pick and #29 prospect overall after his rookie campaign. His sophomore season saw him go undefeated and among the league leaders in ERA and strikeouts. Unfortunately Tommy John surgery ended his season a week early and he would spend his third year rehabbing. His fourth season, he won the Midwest League Championship with the Single-A Burlington Bees. He spent 4 years in the minors for the Royals before deciding to leave the game, Paul never did leave the game completely as he continued playing in a very competitive men’s league in Portland (NWIBL), which consists of 237 ex-college players and 39 ex-pros. There he played in the field and hit in the line up regularly for both average and power. In his most recent season in 2015, he hit .460 with a slugging percentage of .667, averaging 4-5 home runs per season.
In 2013 and 2014 he stepped up his workout regiment to make a comeback into professional baseball and signed in 2015 with the Fargo Redhawk of the American Association. Raglione sported a 1.3 ERA before a strained lat landed him on the dl. The seven-day DL wasn’t long enough for the muscle to heal. Raglione was released and went back to Portland to finish his college degree. Graduating from Portland State with a degree in Community Development.
When he was drafted he was pitching at 88-90 mph topping out at 93 mph. His senior year he was named First Team All-State. in League play, Raglione was 7-0 giving up 2 runs in 40.2 innings while striking out 68 batters. In 2015 with the Redhawks he clocked in at 88-89 mph. He throws a sinker exclusively, complimented with a good changeup, a slider, and a curveball.
He does have a little coaching experience at the high school level and is willing to help out a club with their youth program, but is not interested in a player-coach role.
“Rags” believes that overseas baseball will be a good fit for him and he is excited to explore the game in a fresh environment while experiencing new places and new cultures.
These Testimonials Have Been Verified
"Paul Started playing in the Northwest Independent Baseball League in 2011 for the Portland Indians/Tribe then in 2014 Moved to the Bombers team. He is one of the league’s top Pitchers and has played shortstop. He has also been one of the top hitters he did have an average of 4-5 home runs each season. He has also played on the NWIBL all-star team. (NWIBL consists of 237 ex-college players and 39 ex-pros so the level of competition is decent). We never had any problems with Paul, he has a great work ethic and is in good standing in the league."~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"Paul has been a Portland Baseball Standout ever since High School he was drafted by the Royals and played with a few other players I coached while coaching in Chatsworth Ca. He has played in both our Divisions and coached other players and local teams. I have watched Paul starting around 2008 here in the Portland Baseball Leagues We at Northwest Independent Baseball League wish we had 10 more like him. He will be an asset to any Team he Joins."
We got everything we asked for during Paul's stay in Moncton. We set out to get a import with more experience than we would typically find in a younger candidate. His experience made him a vocal team leader that the younger guys fed off. He was indeed a solid two way player, used primarily as a closer and shortstop, very good defensively. Paul was also a bat that we were able to plug into the heart of our order. Great teammate pleasure to coach.
Education: Art, Architecture, Math, Graphic Design, Community Development
Hobbies and Interests: Music, art, barbering, fashion.
Post baseball career plans: coach in college
Relationship status: Single and free to travel the world
Recent injuries or illnesses: No