Eli Rainey
Eli Rainey
Eli Rainey

CLASS OF 2021

RHP
OF

Eli
Rainey

Chico (HS) • CA
6-4 • 198LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Chico Aces
2021 National

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2/06/21

Body6-4, 198-pounds. XL lanky frame with lean strength right now and projects to be a physique that translates for the next level.
DeliveryTempo building motion with hands starting at the waist and rises up as he lifts high front side. Sit and drive once he gets to the top of his lift before gliding down the hill and getting into the front leg. Very athletic and repeatable delivery. Starter Projection.
Arm ActionRH. Loose and easy 3/4; hangs and stays with the body out of glove producing late speed through the slot and out front. Extension down the hill.
FBT85.6, 84-85 mph. Good inverted break (18.7 Max/17.5 Avg) having ability to jump on hitters. Pounded down away and can get it up in the zone when needing.
SL77-80 mph. Feel of small and fluid break occurring at the plate. Put away pitch for him. Numbers won't jump off the page but stays on FB plane till late.

9/07/20

Bay Area World Series 2020 (BAWS) - Uncommitted; #158 in CA, 43rd among OF; Long and lean, highly athletic/projectable talent, displays legit two-way talent, ceiling looks a bit higher on mound where he's up to 87, can rip the slider as a K pitch, easy arm too, the spin rates for his pitches project much more velocity is coming. Does have range in OF & there is power in the bat. Competes fearlessly.

8/15/20

Defense: Slow to field, quick to release, old school crow hop helps set himself up well. 
Arm: RH. OF - 89 mph. Above-average outfield arm, line drive throws at 89 mph, arm works well. 
Hit: RHH. Simple set up, some coil, relaxed hands. Eye test bat speed and measured bat speed of 75.8 mph. Bat to ball swing path, some swing and miss to the swing, projectable power. 
Power:  88 mph exit velocity from the tee. 
Run: 7.16 runner in the 60. 

Delivery: Simple windup, some repeatability, overall potential.
Arm Action: RH. Arm is best tool, easy 87 mph, plenty of room for more with emphasis on pitching.
FB: T87, 84-86 mph. Fastball shows back spin, gets on hitters quick thanks to high release point, 2064 average spin rate.
SL: 77-79 mph. Raw pitch, showed signs of swing and miss ability, released with same arm speed as fastball. 

2/01/20

PBR Far North Preseason ID - FB 84-86, CHG 77-79, SLD 75-76 
Of all the players at the Far North (CA) event, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Rainy just might have left the biggest impression, certainly among non-seniors. Physically he has the body type that QUICKLY draws a scouts eyes, with rangy proportions but also taking up some space and having presence. TBD whether he's a RHP or OF beyond HS, but with a quality 60 time, plus OF arm and plus bat speed/power potential, the position player profile is exciting. The swing is explosive, with an aggressive lower body, and then a very nice finish through contact. The tools of a legitimate power hitting corner OF are present with Rainey. The arm translated to the mound, with easy mid-80s velocity and a feeling that he's quite aways from his velocity ceiling. Final slider in the session was a nice glimpse of what it can be and the change has a chance with some refinement and reps. Suffice to say that he's a two-way prospect that should draw plenty of college attention.

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