Former Dragon Tanner Rainey headed to the World Series with Nationals

Tanner Rainey with the Dragons in 2016 ( )

By Tom Nichols / Dayton Dragons | October 16, 2019 11:57 AM

Former Dayton Dragons pitcher Tanner Rainey, now with the Washington Nationals, will become the fourth former Dragon to play in the World Series. Rainey pitched in last night's Nationals pennant-clinching victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Rainey spent the 2016 season with the Dragons and pitched in the Midwest League All-Star Game that season. He was traded to the Nationals prior to the 2019 season and has appeared in five of the 10 Nationals post-season games as a relief pitcher.

The first three former Dragons to play in the World Series were Johnny Cueto in 2015 (with the Kansas City Royals), Travis Wood in 2016 (with the Chicago Cubs), and Justin Turner in 2017 and 2018 (with the Los Angeles Dodgers). The list does not include players who played for the Dragons on Major League injury rehab assignments. 

Two other former Dragons players still have a chance to play in the 2019 World Series. They are shortstop Didi Gregorius and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion, both with the New York Yankees, who are battling the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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