Caleb John Raleigh
(The Big Dumper)
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 215 lb.
- School Florida State University
- High School Smoky Mountain High School
- Debut July 11, 2021
- Born November 26, 1996 in Cullowhee, NC USA
Cal Raleigh is the son of Todd Raleigh and the nephew of Matt Raleigh. He was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 3rd round of the 2018 amateur draft out of Florida State University.
He reached the majors on July 1, 2021 and played 47 games with Seattle that season, batting .180 with 2 homers and 13 RBIs, for an OPS+ of 48. He was much better in 2022, however, as he won the team's starting catching job. On September 30th, he had the hit that put the Mariners in the postseason for the first time in 21 years. Pinch-hitting for Luis Torrens with two out in the bottom of the 9th of a 1-1 game against the Oakland Athletics, he drove a pitch from Domingo Acevedo 400 feet into the stands for a walk-off homer. The blast gave the M's a 2-1 win, and combined with a loss by the Baltimore Orioles earlier that day, confirmed that they would be one of three wild card teams in the American League. He then hit a key two-run homer in the 1st ining of Game 1 of the Wild Card Series off Alek Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays on October 7th, as the Mariners went on to a 4-0 win.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2022)
- Daniel Kramer: "Raleigh adds another signature HR to his reel: Catcher had clinched postseason berth for Mariners with walk-off blast", mlb.com, October 7, 2022. 
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