Josh Rainwater has had serious hurdles to overcome the past two years, first battling weight issues in 2004, then working through a knee injury that sidelined him for the first six weeks of the '05 season. But when he's been able to make it to the mound, Rainwater has been very impressive. Now he'll just have to work on staying there and out of the trainer's room.
January 6, 2006
When Dave Dombrowski took over the Tigers, he made one noticable change in scouting, and that was to focus on pitchers who had a high ceiling, most specifically, a hard fastball. Josh Rainwater is one of the many that have been added under that mantra, now he'll just need the rest of his game to catch up to complement his mid-90's fastball.
February 1, 2005
Josh Rainwater is a work in progress. The Tigers' fourth-round pick in the 2003 draft -- number 100 overall -- he just completed a disappointing 0-6, 4.22 season at Oneonta in which he walked 35 batters in 49 innings. Those numbers, however, belie his potential. The right-hander from DeRidder, Louisiana has a 93 mph fastball, and he won't turn 20 years old until next April.
September 17, 2004