In our final player spotlight before the MLB Draft on Monday, we will be focusing Shane McClanahan. The pitcher out of the University of South Florida owns one of the liveliest fastballs in the entire draft to go along with a plus changeup. The Miami Marlins could always use more starting pitching.
LHP Shane McClanahan
School: University of South Florida
Coming into the spring, Shane McClanahan was a conscientious top-five selection, but after an inconsistent season from the left-hander, he may last on the board long enough for the Miami Marlins to take him.
In 13 starts this spring, McClanahan ran up some big strikeout numbers. Unfortunately, his walk numbers were also on the rise. McClanahan posted a ridiculous 14.8 K/9 rate pitching against tough competition.
On opening day, McClanahan struck out 11 UNC batters who were ranked as the no. 7 team in the nation at the time. This impressive showing had scouts talking about McClanahan going 1:1 overall.
Unfortunately, since then he has shown some holes in his armor. His BB/9 rate for the season sits a 5.6. A walk rate that high is concerning for a pitcher who is supposed to be selected at the very top of his draft class. This has resulted in a slight fall in his stock.
MLB.com has McClanahan rated as their no. 14 prospect in the entire draft and most mock drafts have him going somewhere in the mid-first round. McClanahan has definitely shown his potential during his time at USF, yet now to take the next step forward he must show a little more consistency on the mound.