Miami Marlins Scouting Report
McClanahan’s fastball is his calling card. It lives in the mid to upper 90s and has been known to register in the triple digits. Most evaluators agree that the pitch is deserving of the 70-grade that many have put on it.
Coming back from Tommy John that kept McClanahan out his freshman year, he has experienced no ill effects when it comes to the life on his heater. The pitch has made a name for itself as one of the best fastballs in this year’s draft.
The slider is a pitch that has been steadily improving for McClanahan. He has struggled to get a feel for it at times, which has led to inconsistency in the strike zone as well as the pitch flattening out on occasion. Many believe that his struggles with the slider come from him trying to overthrow the pitch.
While the fastball gets all of the hype, the changeup is truly elite as well. The pitch has a great late life and bite to it. McClanahan maintains his arm action while throwing it which produces a late, deep run arm side. The changeup is a true swing and miss pitch and will continue to be at the next level.
Control can very well be McClanahan’s limiting factor as a pitcher. His delivery is violent and at times he struggles to repeat it consistently enough. The biggest issue scouts find with his delivery is that they don’t know if he will be able to repeat it and find his release point to throw enough strikes to remain a starter.