After appearing in 12 games out of the bullpen at North Carolina as a true freshman, Raquet transferred to William & Mary and sat out all of 2016. He pitched to mix results as a redshirt sophomore in his first season with The Griffin, posting a 4.66 ERA but also averaging 11 strikeouts-per-nine. Intrigued by Raquet's arm strength and untapped potential, the Nationals selected him in the third round of the 2017 Draft and signed him for $475,000. Making his full-season debut in 2018, Raquet split the year between Class A Hagerstown and high Class A Potomac, garnering All-Star honors in the South Atlantic League before wearing down late in the season.
Raquet's velocity has ticked up in 2019 after dipping in his first full season, and the Nationals have been impressed with how he's developed feel to pitch and maintained effectiveness. Specifically, he took a big step forward in commanding his fastball, which sits in the low-to-mid 90s with heavy sink and run that helped him generate ground balls 57 percent of the time in 2018. His curveball and slider will bleed together at times, though he did make strides in developing the latter in '18, throwing it with more tilt and late, sharp bite in the mid-80s. Raquet rounds out his four-pitch mix with a changeup that could become average with further refinement.
The Nationals will continue to develop Raquet as a starter because they think it will give him a chance to refine his secondaries. But the expectation has always been that he will end up in the bullpen, where his stuff is likely to play up in shorter bursts.
LHP Nick Raquet assigned to Surprise Saguaros.
Potomac Nationals activated LHP Nick Raquet from the temporarily inactive list.
Potomac Nationals placed LHP Nick Raquet on the temporarily inactive list.
Potomac Nationals activated LHP Nick Raquet from the 7-day injured list.
Potomac Nationals placed LHP Nick Raquet on the 7-day disabled list.
LHP Nick Raquet assigned to Potomac Nationals from Hagerstown Suns.
LHP Nick Raquet assigned to Hagerstown Suns from Auburn Doubledays.
LHP Nick Raquet assigned to Auburn Doubledays from GCL Nationals.