USF baseball: Shane McClanahan drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays

Posted: June 5, 2018 in Baseball
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Redshirt sophomore left handed pitcher Shane McClanahan was taken with the 31st pick in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.

McClanahan (6’2″ 188 lbs., Cape Coral, FL) went 5-6 this year, with a 3.42 ERA in 14 starts. He pitched 76.1 innings this season, allowing 51 hits, 34 runs (28 earned), walked 48 batters, and struck out a team leading 120 batters (.188 average against him). McClanahan went 4-2 the year before, with a 3.20 ERA in 15 starts.

McClanahan is a very intriguing prospect at the next level. He is a tall, left handed pitcher that hits the upper 90s but there are consistency issues that caused him issues throughout the 2018 season. He struggled at times with his command, running up the pitch count in several games which is a concern at the next level. When he is on though, he can be dominating.

It’s also fun that the local team in the area, the Rays, are keeping a local talent at home. I’m sure there will be a few more Bulls drafted in this year’s draft so stay tuned.

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