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Raynor, Sands still in big league camps; Archer optioned to Durham Bulls' roster

Johnston County natives John Raynor and Jerry Sands are both still in big league camp with the Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, respectively with less than 10 days before the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season.

Three Johnston County prospects headed to big league camps this spring

Three Johnston County natives will be in Major League camps as preparations for the 2011 pro baseball season begins.

John Raynor of Benson is in camp with the Florida Marlins in Jupiter, Fla. Raynor, a 27-year-old outfielder, started the 2010 season on the Pirates' major league roster but was optioned back to the Marlins under Rule V draft guidelines and spent the rest of the 2010 season at Triple-A New Orleans. The South Johnston High graduate battled a groin injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly two months.

Raynor thrives in return to Triple-A baseball

South Johnston alum John Raynor went 2-for-3 with a double in his first game back in the Florida Marlins' organization Friday night. Raynor is playing with New Orleans after spending the first month of the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He also scored a run on the night.

John Raynor back to Marlins' system

Benson native John Raynor is back in the Florida Marlins' organization after making the Pittsburgh Pirates' Major League roster in spring training.

Raynor headed back to Florida Marlins' system

Benson native John Raynor is back in the Florida Marlins' organization after the Pirates sent the Rule 5 Selection down from the Major Leagues last week. Raynor, an outfielder, could have been claimed by another team or remained with the Pirates if the Marlins wanted to work out a trade but Florida opted to pay the $25,000 fee to get the former UNC-Wilmington star back.

Raynor said Wednesday night that he will spend about a week in extended spring training, then rejoin the Marlins' Triple- affiliate in New Orleans sometime next week. He spent his entire 2009 season in New Orleans before the Pirates picked him up in the off-season.

Raynor in limbo until next week

Benson native John Raynor is back home in Johnston County, waiting to
see where he ends up after being designated for assignment by the
Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this week.

Pirates designate Raynor for assignment

 The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Benson native and former South Johnston High star John Raynor for
assignment. Raynor, a rookie outfielder who played at South Johnston,
was hitting .200 on the season (2-for-10) and had only appeared in
games as a pinch hitter or late-game defensive replacement. He made the
team's roster as the fifth outfielder.

Read more on D. Clay Best's blog:

 

http://blogs.newsobserver.com/bestblog/pirates-designate-john-raynor-for-assignment

Pirates designate John Raynor for assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Benson native John Raynor for assignment. Raynor, a rookie outfielder who played at South Johnston, was hitting .200 on the season (2-for-10) and had only appeared in games as a pinch hitter or late-game defensive replacement. He made the team's roster as the fifth outfielder.

The Pirates have been through a slew of roster transactions of late as the losses started to mount. Pittsburgh had lost seven games in a row after a 7-5 start before breaking that skid in a win at Milwaukee on Tuesday. The streak included a 20-0 loss to the Dodgers. The win over Milwaukee on Tuesday ended a 22-game Pirates' losing streak in Milwaukee.

Since Raynor was acquired via the Rule 5 Draft things can get complicated as to where he goes from here. He could end up back with the Florida Marlins' organization (who originally drafted him), stay in the Pirates' minor league system or end with another team. 

Raynor hitless in last three appearances with Pirates

Benson's John Raynor is 0-for-1 in each of the Pittsburgh Pirates' last three games. Raynor's gotten single at bats Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. His first career MLB strikeout came on April 14 in San Francisco.

He's hitting .200 on the season (1-for-5) with an on-base percentage of .333 and a OPS of .533.

Raynor notches first big league hit

John Raynor nabbed his first professional hit late Monday night in the Pittsburgh Pirates' game against the San Francisco Giants. Raynor had an infield hit in the fifth inning. He hit a hard shot at the Giants' shortstop who tried to backhand the ball in the hole between third and short but couldn't come up with the ball.

The South Johnston product is now 1-for-2 with the Pirates with a walk. The Pirates and Giants meet again this afternoon at 3:45 at Pacific Bell Park.

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