Rayner Arias, OF
BATS: R / THROWS: R
ACQUIRED: International Signing, January 2022
LAST LEVEL: N/A
VOLATILITY: Very High
GiantFutures 2023 Ranks: #35 Overall, #6 Corner Outfielder
2022 Performance: N/A
Strengths and Weaknesses: The biggest strength to talk about with Rayner Arias is that he has a great feel for the game despite his youth due to being the son of international scout Pablo Arias.
Arias already has a well-developed swing, using his quick hands to stay on top of fastballs, and a willingness to go the other way. He’s still a teen in terms of patience, and needs to work on laying off breaking pitches that he can’t hit. He has some raw power that could develop into 20-home run power with lots of doubles.
Defensively, Arias doesn’t have great range, but could develop into an average defender with good routes, and a plus arm that will work in right field.
2023 Outlook: Like most recent signees, Arias is likely to start his career in the Dominican Summer League, but Zaidi has shown a willingness to promote players from the DSL to Arizona mid-season.
Future Profile: Even a top international signee has a lot of volatility, but Arias profiles well with a ceiling as a star corner outfielder. Arias is a primarily an offensive prospect, so his worth will depend on how much his hitting develops, as well as how he can improve his defense to try to be at least average out there.