Twins Spotlight: Episode 32 (Marco Raya)
Image courtesy of Brace Hemmelgarn, Minnesota Twins (photo Marco Raya)Marco Raya was the Twins fourth round draft pick in 2020 out of United South High School in Laredo, Texas.
Shortly after the selection, Twins scouting director Sean Johnson said, "We really love his mechanics, his delivery, his arm action. He checks a lot of boxes for us. For a high school pitcher, great foundation to evolve into a starter.
Raya, who turned 18 after the draft, also has the pitches to get excited about. His fastball sits in the low-90s and has touched 94. He's got a hard, sharp slider as well as a slower curveball. He's also got a change up that needs development but has a chance to be a plus-pitch for him.
Raya is young and will need to mature physically over the coming years. He is touted for his work ethic and his character. Johnson said, "He's a tremendous worker, a tremendous competitor."
Of course, Raya was not able to start his professional baseball journey due to the lost 2020 minor league season. However, he was invited to the Twins instructional camp in Ft. Myers in November.
Tonight, we will get to learn more about a very talented Twins prospect. Please join us live at 8:00 tonight to watch, and participate by sending your questions. We'll cover a ton of topics and ask any questions you have.
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For more on Marco Raya:
- Follow Marco on Instagram at @theofficialrayita.
- Follow Marco on Twitter at @markraya_.
- Twins Select Marco Raya with the 128th Overall Pick (June 2020).
- Twins Newest Pitcher Excited to Make his Mark (June 2020).
Click here to see more previous episodes of Twins Spotlight.
Episode 22: Zander Wiel
Episode 23: Blayne Enlow
Episode 24: Royce Lewis
Episode 25: Trey Cabbage
Episode 26: Keoni Cavaco
Episode 27: Casey Legumina
Episode 28: DaShawn Keirsey
Episode 29: Twins Wives (Maci Blankenhorn, Lexi Jeffers, Jordan Kirilloff)
Episode 30: Thomas Nicholas
Episode 31: Bryan Sammons
Episode 32: Marco Raya