2018 FARMHAND CROP: Shane McClanahan

Shane McClanahan

Shane McClanahan – Bottom Line



Listed at 6’1″, 188 lbs. Left-hander. Missed all of his freshman season (2016) after undergoing TJS after high school. Takes an athletic, aggressive stride to the plate with maximum extension. Extended delivery creates extension. Aggressive attitude on the mound. Doesn’t repeat delivery well at this point in his career.

Fastball (60/65) – Sits 93-98 mph, Touches 99 mph

Jumps off the rubber with maximum extension toward the plate, means the ball jumps at the hitter. Armside run on his fastball as well. When elevated, the fastball gets flat and is hittable. Can play around with velocity and take some off the fastball when needed. Has a hard time locating the FB down in the zone.

Slider (45/55) – 81-85 mph

Doesn’t always have feel for the slider. When it’s working, he can bury it in on a right-handed hitter’s back foot. Lots of horizontal break. Reports are that the slider has improved a bunch over the least year or so.

Change-up (45/55) – 85-86 mph

I haven’t seen it in action, he’s primarily relying on the FB/SL combo in the games I’ve watched. But Steve Givarz with 2080 baseball has called it a plus offering which looks like an MLB out-pitch. I believe he will need it as a reliable part of his arsenal in order to stick as a SP.

Command (40/45)

Delivery can be wild at times, making his mechanics tough to repeat. This leads to loss of control, walks, and high pitch counts. Works the fastball in on righties. Tries to work it down in the zone, but has a hard time hitting spots. Skips quite a few fastballs in front of the plate when his delivery is out of sync.



He’s pitched 2 short outings in the GCL and 2 short outings for the Appy League Princeton Rays so far in 2018. TB is rightfully being cautious with him this season. I’d imagine he starts 2019 in A-Full Season ball.


Posted a ridiculous 14.2 K/9 rate his sophomore year at USF. 13 Ks in 7 professional innings.


Struggled with free passes at USF this year, posting a 5.7 BB/9. This gave him a K/BB ratio of 2.50, which is lower than what you’d like to see for a guy striking as many people out as McClanahan. He’s 21, so it’s fine that this part of his game is still a work in progress.

Stats current as of August 30th.

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