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#39 Tanner Gaines
Position: RHP
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 172
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Baldwyn, MS
High School: Baldwyn HS
Experience: Redshirt

Sat out the 2011 season as a redshirt • Played summer league baseball with the Tupelo 49ers, coached by Kirk Presley • Teamed with Bulldogs Will Cox and Brandon Woodruff on the team that finished second in the 2011 American Legion World Series in Shelby, North Carolina.

Four-year starter and five-time letter-winner at Baldwyn High School • Coached by Gregg Tucker • Paced the Bearcats with a .387 batting average in 2010, earning all-area honors and the team's batting award • Collected 34 hits with 30 RBI, nine doubles and four home runs, all team-highs • Compiled a 3-4 pitching record with a team-best 2.92 earned run average • Recorded 84 strikeouts in 48 innings of mound duty, registering four complete-games while holding opposing hitters to a .157 composite batting average • Honored as both a NEMCABB and a Crossroads Diamond Club All-Star • Hit .406 and compiled a 7-3 pitching mark with a 1.20 earned run average and 100 strikeouts as a junior en route to all-state, all-division, all-area and Jackson Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen honors in 2009 • Also lettered three years in basketball and two years in football • Passed for 1,492 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2010 • Initially signed with Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Born John Tanner Gaines on April 10, 1992 in Tupelo, Miss. • Son of Mitzi and Craig Gaines of Baldwyn, Miss. • Majoring in secondary education.

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