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Tanner Rainey

#21 | RHP
Washington Nationals Washington Nationals
Tanner Rainey
Name: Tanner Scott Rainey
Born: Dec 25, 1992 in Folsom, LA
College: West Alabama
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the supplemental 2nd round (71st overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2015 (signed for $432,950)
After pitching sparingly in two years at Southeast Louisiana, Rainey transferred to Division II West Alabama. There, he has blossomed into a two-way star for the Tigers. He is their starting first baseman and hit 17 home runs during the regular season. But it's his pitching that has had him climbing draft boards all spring. He serves as West Alabama's closer and presents an intriguing arm for scouts. Rainey has only relieved in college, but with two above-average pitches and a strong, athletic frame (he's listed at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds), scouts are eager to see what he could do with more innings and experience. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and he pairs it with an above-average slider. If a team wanted to put him in the rotation, they'd have to teach him a changeup and help him adjust to the increased workload of a starter. But his athleticism and work ethic make scouts optimistic about his chances to make the transition. Rainey could be the first senior to be drafted, but the team that takes him won't just be seeking a discount on his signing bonus. Even if he stays in the bullpen as a professional, he could end up pitching in high-leverage situations.
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