The Team of the 2010s: OF Chris Rahl

Photo courtesy Will Bentzel / Harrisburg Senators

Chris Rahl (2011-12) – .285/.336/.439, 209 G, 107 R, 103 RBI, 42 2B, 12 3B, 17 HR, 51 SB)

Chris Rahl is one of those guys that every team needs to be successful. He’s a professional player who does everything well as witness by his run production and stolen base totals hitting from every spot in the lineup.

For two straight seasons, Rahl was passed over for promotion to Triple-A when he had better numbers. If I was him, I would have been more than a little frustrated but Rahl remained ever the professional and went about his business as usual.

Despite being hampered by the plantar fasciitis that eventually required season-ending surgery, Rahl was the Senators most consistent player in 2011 and 2012. Rahl’s versatility also came into play as he played significant time at all three outfield positions.

During his selection to the 2012 Eastern League All-Star Game, Rahl also won the unique Home Run Derby when his big hit during his two-minute round was a shot to dead center worth a whopping 100 points when it ricocheted off the crane sitting beyond the outfield wall. It was an advantage that no hitter after Rahl could repeat and it secured the victory for the Senators’ outfielder.

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