|Report Date:||February 19th, 2018|
Since arriving on the scene last year, McClanahan has been in the conversation as a potential top pick for the 2018 MLB Draft, and after several viewings it’s easy to see why. Standing 6’2” and 188 pounds, McClanahan doesn’t have the big durable frame you might expect from a top follow, but since his Tommy John surgery in high school, he has taken the ball consistently in his collegiate career without any setbacks. Pitching from a deliberate but not slow tempo, McClanahan pairs quick arm speed with compact arm action to deliver heat from a three-quarter slot.
Against North Carolina on Friday, his fastball was electric, sitting at 93-to-96 mph, touching 99 mph early in the game. When located, it was a tough pitch to square up as hitters were consistently late and under the pitch. The problem was the consistency in which he located the fastball. At times he would get too pumped up and fall out of sync, missing the zone completely. He adjusted later in the game by throwing at 89-to-93 mph with average command, but was able to reach back in the tank when he needed it, touching 97 mph in the 5th inning. The slider has improved over last year, coming in at 81-to-83 mph with better action and plus depth at times. While the slider was very inconsistent this outing, he showed feel for what looks to be an above-average secondary offering. His go to pitch is his changeup, a plus offering which looks the part of a Major League out-pitch. At 83-to-85 mph, it has good separation off his fastball while thrown at the same arm speed, and falls off the table. With a fiery demeanor and three pitches that are above average or better, McClanahan is a potential top 10 pick in the upcoming draft.