Tanner Rainey

Tanner Rainey

30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 8/15/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tanner Rainey in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKS
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in December of 2022.
Avoids arbitration
PWashington Nationals
Elbow
December 20, 2022
Rainey (elbow) and the Nationals agreed to a one-year deal Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rainey underwent Tommy John surgery in early August, so he'll make no more than a handful of appearances this season if he makes it back at all. Kyle Finnegan remains the favorite to close games in his absence.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
19
How many pitches does Tanner Rainey generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
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121+
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-6%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .192 150 47 16 25 6 1 5
Since 2020vs Right .220 204 63 29 38 2 2 10
2022vs Left .220 57 19 6 11 1 0 1
2022vs Right .234 71 17 7 15 0 1 4
2021vs Left .212 64 19 9 11 3 1 3
2021vs Right .257 87 23 16 18 2 1 3
2020vs Left .107 29 9 1 3 2 0 1
2020vs Right .128 46 23 6 5 0 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-14%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-5%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-40%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 5.06 1.22 42.2 1 4 5 11.2 4.6 1.9
Since 2020Away 4.35 1.42 39.1 2 3 10 13.0 5.3 1.4
2022Home 3.38 1.19 16.0 0 1 5 11.8 3.9 2.3
2022Away 3.21 1.43 14.0 1 2 7 9.6 3.9 0.6
2021Home 9.69 1.85 13.0 0 2 0 10.4 8.3 1.4
2021Away 5.79 1.61 18.2 1 1 3 13.0 6.3 1.9
2020Home 2.63 0.66 13.2 1 1 0 11.2 2.0 2.0
2020Away 2.70 0.90 6.2 0 0 0 20.3 5.4 1.4
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Stat Review
How does Tanner Rainey compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.77
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
3.9
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
97.0 mph
 
ERA
3.30
 
WHIP
1.30
 
BABIP
.302
 
GB/FB
0.63
 
Left On Base
71.9%
 
Exit Velocity
81.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.7%
 
Spin Rate
2405 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.7%
 
Swinging Strike
16.5%
 
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Rainey endured a brutal 2021 campaign from both a health and performance standpoint. He missed time due to injuries to his collarbone, side and tibia, as well as COVID-19 protocols. He struggled mightily when healthy, posting a 7.62 ERA and 1.81 WHIP across 32 relief appearances before he was optioned to the minors in mid-August. His performance was much better in Triple-A, where he ripped off several scoreless outings in a row before Washington summoned him again in early September. Upon his return, Rainey entered the mix for saves with Kyle Finnegan struggling down the stretch. He logged the first three saves of his career along with a career-high 10 holds despite finishing the season with abhorrent ratios (7.39 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 7.1 BB/9). One positive to come out of 2021 is the experience Rainey gained closing out games, but his continued issues with homers and walks limit his upside.
If you fancy high-risk and high-reward relief pitchers, Rainey is your man. He throws a lively, upper-90s fastball with a biting slider and has used that combination to strike out 33.8% of the hitters he has faced in the majors in just over 75 innings of work. The league has hit .080 off his slider over the past two seasons while it has generated 55 strikeouts for him. The other side of the ledger shows Rainey has also walked 57 batters, hit five more and allowed 14 home runs in that same timeframe. There is also the matter of the sore forearm which prematurely ended his 2020 season. All that said, he enters 2021 as a top candidate to close for the Nationals despite zero career saves with a golden opportunity to significantly improve his fantasy value. There is upside here if were to get the job, but he could also lose it within two weeks due to injury or continued issues with homers and walks.
Armed with a blazing fastball that can hit triple digits and a plus slider that registers plenty of swings-and-misses, Rainey stormed onto the scene with a 34.6 K% in his first season with the Nationals. The gaudy strikeout total was accompanied by a less-impressive 3.91 ERA (4.37 FIP) largely due to the right-hander's struggles with his command. Rainey's 17.8 BB% ranked dead last in the league among pitchers who threw 40 or more innings and wasn't far off from the elevated rates he has surrendered in the minors. Whether Rainey can tame his control issues to a tolerable level could ultimately determine his future role in the big leagues. His fastball-slider combination certainly resembles that of a closer, and last season's .194 xBA emphasizes how dominant Rainey has the potential to be. He isn't ready for a ninth-inning role just yet, but he could be groomed for that responsibility in the near future.
Why would the Nationals trade an established starter in Tanner Roark to the Reds for a guy who allowed 19 runs in his first seven MLB innings? For one thing, Rainey can rush it up there in triple-digit fashion though he needs significant improvement in the control department. Rainey posted an impressive 2.65 ERA and 1.18 WHIP for Triple-A Louisville, fanning 65 in 51 innings, albeit with 35 free passes. Aside from honing control, Rainey needs to develop an offspeed offering. He throws a slider and change, but both are within 10 mph of his heater, making it easier to sit dead red. While Rainey has late-inning potential, he'll first have to earn a spot in the Nationals' restocked bullpen, starting out in low-leverage scenarios. Monitor his walk rate in the spring and early part of the season. If he can exhibit better control, he'll quickly ascend the ladder.
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Undergoes Tommy John surgery
PWashington Nationals
Elbow
August 3, 2022
Rainey underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Likely done for season
PWashington Nationals
Elbow
July 13, 2022
The Nationals placed Rainey on the 60-day injured list Wednesday due to a UCL sprain of his right elbow.
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Notches 12th save
PWashington Nationals
July 6, 2022
Rainey tossed a perfect ninth inning while striking out two on his way to his 12th save in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Phillies.
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Secures 11th save
PWashington Nationals
June 28, 2022
Rainey earned the save during Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Pirates with a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed a hit and a walk and had one strikeout.
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Earns 10th save
PWashington Nationals
June 26, 2022
Rainey got three outs in the bottom of the ninth while striking out one to earn his 10th save of the season.
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