Name: Raphael Gladu
Born: Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
Age: 22 (6/23/95)
Height/Weight: 6'2"/195 lbs
School: Louisiana Tech University
Raphael Gladu attended high school at Académie Les Estacades in Quebec, where he played baseball and hockey. He attended Galveston College in Texas upon graduation, playing primarily third base. He hit .329/.380/.379 as a freshman and .351/.402/.519 as a sophomore, helping lead the Galveston College Whitecaps to a 30-win season that year.
In 2016, he transferred to Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, and continued hitting. He hit .339/.429/.466 in his first year with the Bulldogs, leading the team in batting average and on-base percentage. No MLB teams called his name during the 2016 MLB Draft, so he returned to Louisiana Tech University for his senior year. He had his best season of his collegiate career, hitting .378/.439/.579. He ended his collegiate career winning the Conference USA batting title, and finished the season among the league leaders in most offensive categories.
Gladu has simple swing mechanics, without excessive moment. He has a level swing that has showed burgeoning in-game power in his years at Louisiana Tech. The left-handed hitter does not strike out much, and knows how to work the count.
Gladu has experience playing both third base and left field.