Shane McClanahan – South Florida
The last one on this list could be the best of them all, but to me he’s still a work in progress.
The first thing you’ll notice about McClanahan is his lighting fastball that can get up to 99. He’ll normally sit around 93-to-96, but the only issue is that he struggles to command it at times.
A lot of times that inconsistency is a good thing because the hitters can’t touch his fastball, so as long as he keeps it around the zone he gets swings-and-misses. But in the big leagues you have to be able to command the strikezone.
His best pitch is his change-up, which is Major League ready. He is also developing a slider that he’ll need in order to be a starter in the big leagues.
McClanahan does have some injury history having missed his freshman season in 2016. He’s still kind of working his way back throwing 76 innings last year with a 3.20 ERA and 104 strikeouts. This season he’s still taking it slow going 56 innings in 10 starts with a 3.04 ERA and already 94 strikeouts.
The strikeout rate for him is just ridiculous. You’d love to see him start going a little deeper into games, but I understand wanting to protect the arm — and I’m sure major league teams do as well.
The left-handed pitcher has a pretty small frame at 6-foot-1 and 164 pounds. You’d like to see him bulk up a bit.