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2018 MLB Draft: Tampa Bay Rays select Shane McClanahan with 31st overall pick

The Rays take a local product with their second selection of the night.

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With the 31st pick in the draft, the Tampa Bay Rays have selected left-handed pitcher Shane McClanahan from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. In mock drafts, McClanahan was projected to go 19th by ESPN and 19th by Baseball America.

McClanahan’s appeal lies in the fact that he’s a lefty starter who sits in the high 90s with his fastball and touches 100 MPH. He’s got an above-average changeup and a decent slider to complement his heater. With that said, he hasn’t really experienced dominant results over two collegiate seasons. He posted a 3.20 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 15 starts as a redshirt freshman, then a 3.41 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 13 starts as a redshirt sophomore this year. He’s somewhat undersized for a starting pitcher at 6-foot-2 and 188 pounds and has already undergone Tommy John surgery, so there are some durability concerns to be had.

Because he hasn’t really put it all together yet and is still so raw, McClanahan may be more of a three-to-four-year project, as opposed to the many college starters that are rather polished and often arrive within a two-to-three-year timeframe.