Tanner Rainey, a former St. Paul’s standout and a transfer from Southeastern Louisiana, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the 71st selection of the MLB draft Monday night.
Rainey, a senior first baseman/pitcher at Division II West Alabama, spent his first two collegiate seasons at Southeastern. He went undrafted as a junior last season but capped his college career with an exclamation point this year, leading the team with a .386 batting average, 19 home runs and 65 RBIs. He doubled as the closer, posting nine saves, a 4-1 record and a 1.59 ERA while striking out 50 in 28.1 innings.
Rainey, who was picked in Competitive Balance Round B after the conclusion of the second round, was one of three players with Louisiana ties selected Monday. LSU shortstop Alex Bregman was selected with the No. 2 overall pick by the Houston Astros, and LSU center fielder Andrew Stevenson went to the Washington Nationals in the second round with the No. 58 pick.