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Raul Ibanez in the Minors

Published by on June 3, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Most Phillies, Mariners, and Royals fans know Raul Ibanez just as a left fielder, but he actually started out as a catcher in the Mariners’ farm system. After graduating high school in Miami as an outfielder, he switched to catcher. Back in 1995, the Tacoma News Tribune explained the reason for the switch: “Left-handed, power-hitting catchers are highly coveted by the front office brass, and Ibanez is just that.”

It’s an understatement to say Raul tore up the California League with Riverside in 1995; he had 108 RBI in 95 games with a 1.007 OPS and 52 extra-base hits. He was named Mariner minor-league player of the year. He won four player of the week honors, hit .419 (13-for-31), scored nine runs, hit two ...

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