The Cincinnati Reds 2nd round Lottery B selection is RHP Tanner Rainey out of West Alabama.

The first college player selected by the Reds is from a Division II school. The Reds went with another arm strength guy here. He was a two way player in college, but is expected to be a pitcher as a professional.

Scouting Report

He pitched out of the bullpen in college where he used an above-average fastball and above-average slider. Rainey is a big guy, listed at 6′ 3″ and 235 lbs and some scouts think that he’s got a chance to make a transition to the rotation. The Reds have gone this route with players in the past and it’s a Chris Buckley special that he seems to go with a true reliever to possible starter move every few seasons. He doesn’t have a change up at this point in time that he’s thrown in games, but he does have one that he will show during bullpen sessions that could help out if he is transitioned to a starting pitcher. With a fastball that sits in the mid 90’s and touches 97 to go with a plus slider, he could move quickly as a reliever as long as his control remains solid. His mechanics are reportedly clean and he tends to repeat them.

He’s a senior, so he should save some money on his signing bonus, but he wasn’t a big overdraft either, ranking at the back-end of some Top 100 draft boards.


Year School IP W L SV ERA H HR BB K
2012 SE Louisiana 24.1 1 0 0 7.77 25 2 21 29
2013 SE Louisiana 4.2 0 0 0 11.57 5 0 6 4
2014 West Alabama 21.0 3 0 6 0.86 12 0 14 29
2015 West Alabama 28.1 4 1 9 1.59 11 1 14 50
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11 Responses

  1. Brad Konerman

    Had Rainey as my pick for 3rd round. Great to get a talent who is also a SR rather than other way around. Should help talent pool and budget.

  2. Fish

    Good to see another live arm. I wasn’t 100% on board with Stephenson (6’4 seems awfully tall to stick at catcher), but both pitchers seem solid. Hopefully there will be some upside bats coming.

    • Doug Gray

      Don’t expect many upside bats coming…. this draft was incredibly weak. A college shortstop that started three full seasons went in the top 20 and hit 2 career home runs and isn’t a plus defender at shortstop. The bats aren’t there to be had.

      • The Duke

        Once Benintendi was gone I’m glad we went with high upside picks and two high schoolers first. The Reds need something better than a polished fringe starter, which is what a lot of the college crop feels like.

  3. Ryan

    I like it and based on similar players in previous drafts, he’ll dominate Billings. Definitely will be given a chance to start.

  4. sultan of swaff

    Good pick. If the hitters and starting pitchers aren’t there to be had, let’s get someone who can move thru the system quickly.

    So, since the Reds took high schoolers with their first 2 selections, doesn’t this tip their hand as far as what they’ll be asking for Cueto and Leake when they get traded? I’d think we’d be demanding major league ready talent, no?

    • Fish

      Who knows with jocketty. Who knows if castilini will even approve a trade. They SHOULD get the best crop they can, I’d be looking for major league ready minor leaguers with control + throw ins. An outfield bat would be nice, maybe 4/5 starter…

    • MK

      Guess it tells me with 4 rookie starting pitchers in the big leagues, 4 or 5 more legit starting pitching prospects in high A and AA, and a couple of young catchers; they are working on not the next generation but the one after that.

  5. gaffer

    Another reliever, I bet they try as a starter.

  6. RDriesen

    I’d give this pick a C+. Don’t really know enough about him. Like with our other pick, I would have preferred a guy like Chalmers.