St. Thomas Aquinas HS
2008 Baseball America Preseason First Team All-American
Name to a 2008 Baseball America Preseason First Team All-American … Returns as the starter in right field … Has Tremendous power … Will hit in the middle of the lineup and will be counted on to drive in runs … Played for the Orleans Cardinals during the summer of 2007 and was named All-Cape Cod League … Named to the Cape Cod League All-Star game, where he also finished second in the home run hitting contest and was named the East Team’s Most Valuable Player in leading his team to the win … Led the Orleans Cardinals hitting .298 with 28 runs scored and a team-high 45 hits and 77 total bases, totaled 18 extra-base hits, which included six home runs in adding a league-best 35 RBI and finish fourth in the league in runs scored. … Rated the No. 3 prospect in the Cape by Perfect Game Cross Checker and the No. 7 prospect in the Cape by Baseball America last summer … Also rated as the No. 9 college prospect in the 2008 college draft according to Baseball America.
Second on the team in home runs (12) and third in RBI (48).
Started 59 of 60 games – 55 in right field and four as the DH – for the Hurricanes and hit .280 with 61 hits and 46 runs scored; Also had 26 extra-base hits which included 13 doubles, one triple and 12 home runs while slugging .514.Made 16 appearances on the mound and posted a 1-2 mark with a 4.96 ERA, striking out 13 in 16.1 innings and only four walks.Had 18 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple-RBI games.Had a season-long eight-game hitting streak from Apr. 7-Apr. 20.Responsible for six game-winning hits with one walkoff hit.
Columbia (Mo.) Regional Highlights (6/1-3): Scored five runs, produced three hits including two doubles and a home run and drove in three runs while slugging .727.
Regular Season Highlights (6/1-3): vs. Duke (5/17-19): Drove in five runs and had two hits in the series … 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored in the series opener.vs. Florida State (4/27-29): Had four hits in the series and drove in four runs; matched a career-high with a 3-for-3 two RBI performance in the series finale win over the No. 1 Seminoles.vs. Stetson (4/25): Went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI which included his 12th home run of the season.vs. Virginia Tech (4/20-22): Batted .462 (6-for-13) adding for runs and three RBI … matched a career-high going 3-for-5 with one run scored in the series opener … capped off the series with another career-matching 3-for-5 performance with a career-high three runs scored and his 11th home run … earned second career save in game two of the series after recording the final out of the game.vs. NC State (4/13-15): Batted .462 (6-for-13) with three runs scored, three home runs (one in each game of the series) and six RBI in the series … went 3-for-6 with an RBI and a home run in the opener … went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a home run … capped off the series going 1-for-3 with three RBI and a home run.at FIU (4/11): Went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, one RBI and a home run in the win … reached on a ninth-inning fielder’s choice to score the eventual game winning run in the top of the ninth.vs. Georgia Tech (4/6-8): Batted .333 in the series and pitched two innings … Won his first collegiate game when he made two appearances in the extra-inning win against the Yellow Jackets in game two in which he faced two batters in the eighth, returned to right field, then returned in the top of 11th to record three straight outs.at Clemson (3/30-4/1): Hit .333, drove in five runs and added two doubles in the series … 2-for-4 with a career-high four RBI in the series opener … also pitched two scoreless innings and recorded two strikeouts in the series opener.vs. Rutgers (3/14): Earned first career save pitching a scoreless inning in a 4-1 win.at North Carolina (3/9-11): Capped off the series going 3-for-3 with a career-high four RBI and two runs scored … also homered twice in the series finale.vs. Fordham (3/2-4): Hit .444 with four hits in the series … 2-for-3 with two home runs and two runs scored and three RBI in game two of the series … 2-for-4 win the series finale.vs. Elon (2/23-25): Batted .500 (4-for-8) with three runs scored and two RBI … went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the series finale.vs. UCLA (2/9-11): Had four hits in the series including going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple in the series finale.
Son of Richard and Lauren Raben.
Has two sisters, Dale and Kelly.Majoring in sociology.Selected in the 49th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.