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Rainwater Forecast Brighter than '04 Results

Rainwater's 2005 home?

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.

"He [Josh Rainwater] has a strong arm," said Oneonta pitching coach Bill Monboquette, "and there's no doubt he has the tools to succeed. But right now his command and control aren't where they should be, and he's definitely struggled with his release point. He needs work on his mechanics, but I see him improving as he matures and gains experience." Making the jump from high school to pro ball...

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