Raines’ Son Signs With Orioles
BALTIMORE (AP) _ The Baltimore Orioles secured a second-generation outfielder Monday by signing 1998 sixth-round draft pick Tim Raines Jr.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder is the son of Tim Raines of the New York Yankees, who was drafted by Montreal in the fifth round of the 1977 draft.
``It’s a good day for the Raines family,″ the elder Raines said. ``I never thought my son would be a professional ballplayer. I thought he’d be something else, but this is the decision he made. I hope I can stay up here long enough to play with him.″
Tim Jr. will join the Gulf Coast League team Friday. He will play outfield and second base.
``This is a dream come true. I’m ready to get out there and start playing,″ he said.
He would be delighted to have a career like that of his father, who has won four stolen base titles and took a .296 lifetime average into this season, his 18th in the majors.
``It’s definitely some big steps to follow. His career has been exceptional,″ Tim Jr. said. ``It gives me something to shoot for.″
Said Dad: ``He reminds me so much of myself. ... He has the same sort of speed, maybe a little more power than I had. He’s probably a little more physical.″
The Orioles on Monday also announced the signing of LHPs Randy Perez and Jason Pruitt; RHPs Eliot Tomaszewski and Denis Gratton; and SS Derrick Gutierrez, all recent draft picks.