St. Paul’s grad Tanner Rainey named to West Alabama Hall of Fame
Folsom native and St. Paul’s graduate Tanner Rainey is among the 2020 inductees into the University of West Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame.
Rainey transferred to West Alabama after spending two seasons at Southeastern Louisiana University. He was a Division II All-American as a relief pitcher and first baseman for UWA in 2015.
Rainey was the 71st player picked in the 2015 Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds and made his big-league debut in 2018. He was traded to the Washington Nationals the following off-season and became a key member of the Nats’ bullpen en route to a World Series title, with 74 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings over 52 appearances.
The hall of fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 17, prior to UWA’s football game against West Florida.
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