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Pirates Prospect Interview: John Raynor

John Raynor

OF John Raynor selected from Florida in the Rule 5 Draft will have a chance to win a bench job in spring training. The 25-year-old batted just .257 with six home runs, 36 RBI and 19 stolen bases with Class AAA New Orleans last season. Raynor must stay on the major league roster throughout this season or be offered to the Marlins. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Raynor recently.

GVB -- Were you surprised that you weren't protected and that you were exposed in the Rule 5 draft? JR -- I was, I've worked hard for the Florida organization and had always been labeled a prospect. I thought I played well. I had a down year and a tough time, but I feel like I'm in a better situation now with what has happened with the Rule 5. It has opened a door for me and I think it's a better...

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