Mack – Draft Stuff – Shane McClanahan, Shortstops, Casey Mize, Top 10 HS Players


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Shane McClanahan:

College stats from Baseball Cube:

2017: 4-2, 3.20 ERA, 15 G, 15 GS, 76 IP, 48 H, 30 R, 27 ER, 4 R, 104 K, 1.11 WHIP, 4.26 bb/9, 12.32 K/9, 2.89 K/BB

MLB Pipeline's Top 10 college prospects for the 2018 Draft

2. Shane McClanahan, LHP, South Florida

McClanahan redshirted in his first year with the Bulls while recovering from Tommy John surgery, then came back this spring and maintained a 93-96 mph fastball. He needs to further refine his secondary pitches and command, but he's a lefty with a big arm.

Baseball America's TOP 10 COLLEGE PROSPECTS FOR 2018

3          Shane McClanahan          LHP     South Florida          6-1      173   
A quick-armed lefty, McClanahan used a dominant fastball to strike out 104 batters in 74 innings.

Rebuilt and recharged -

McClanahan back to old form after Tommy John surgery

-It took nearly two years for McClanahan to finally take the mound at the USF Baseball Stadium after signing with USF in 2015, but now that he’s available, the hard-throwing lefty is making his presence felt.

-In his second season as a Bull, the 19-year old Cape Coral native has made a full recovery from Tommy John surgery, and has emerged as the USF’s Saturday night starter in 2017, contributing to the Bulls’ best start in school history.

-Throwing his first full post-surgery bullpen in the summer of 2016, McClanahan had officially made a full recovery and was ready to do what made him one of the most highly sought-out pitching recruits in the nation – overpower hitters, and win games.

Starting 2017 with 53 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched, McClanahan has done just that.

-“He’s very talented, you just don’t see many left-handed pitchers with his build, and his arm speed at this young of an age,” USF coach Mark Kingston said.


An Abundance Of Shortstops

Casey Mize

While most have Brady Singer as the top college arm in next year’s draft class, Auburn University righty Casey Mize is a talent that could give him a run for his money.

Mize was a tall, lanky prep righty with a high eighties to low nineties fastball out of Springville, Alabama. He wasn’t ranked by anyone during his senior year, but an Auburn commitment made him an unlikely sign anyway. He had a solid freshman campaign as a swing arm. He threw 69 innings (cue the Beavis and Butthead laughter) over sixteen games and seven starts, with a 3.52 ERA, 7.7 K/9, and 3.3 K/BB. He followed that up with twelve solid innings in the Cape Cod League, with a 3.00 ERA and eleven strikeouts to five walks.

He burst on the radar his sophomore season, with a 2.04 ERA over 83.2 innings. His strikeout rate jumped to 11.7 K/9, and his walk rate decreased to under one per nine innings. He joined the USA Collegiate National Team, but left the team after eight shutout innings due to forearm tightness, something that had also flared up in the spring.

Top 10 HS Players in Draft

1. Brice Turang, SS, Santiago HS (Corona, Calif.)
Turang entered the summer as perhaps the best player in the class, high school or otherwise, and he didn't do anything to diminish that evaluation. He's shown he can definitely stay at shortstop, while also proving adept at moving over to second if needed. Turang has an advanced approach at the plate, with power to come, and his speed plays on both sides of the ball.

TOS Gold Game: Mayo on Turang

2. Ethan Hankins, RHP, Forsyth Central HS (Cumming, Ga.)
Hankins is considered by many the top high school arm heading into 2018 after multiple impressive summer showcase performances. He's shown a mid-to-upper-90s fastball and a much-improved power breaking ball, with the ability to command both effectively. One scouting director said Hankins reminded him of a young Gerrit Cole.

Hankins' strong inning

3. Kumar Rocker, RHP, North Oconee HS (Bogart, Ga.)
If Hankins is No. 1 among arms, Rocker is 1A. He is pure power, and it's easy gas. All summer, Rocker has been in the 94-98 mph range, with a really good slider thrown in the upper-80s.

TOS Bronze Game: Kumar Rocker

4. Matt Liberatore, LHP, Mountain Ridge HS (Glendale, Ariz.)
While he doesn't have the "wow" stuff of the power righties above him, Liberatore does have an above-average fastball, a solid changeup and a good breaking ball. And he commands all three, with perhaps the best pitchability in the class.

Liberatore's strong 1st inning

5. Jarred Kelenic, OF, Waukesha (Wis.) West HS
Kelenic might be the best pure hitter among high schoolers in the 2018 class, with an advanced approach at the plate and power that he tapped into on occasion over the summer. He's a good defender with a strong arm in the outfield as well.

Kelenic takes part in PDP

6. Will Banfield, C, Brookwood HS (Snellville, Ga.)
While Banfield didn't consistently swing the bat well over the summer, he has shown power, especially to the pull side. Banfield's defense has been plus at every stop, though, with the best catch-and-throw skills in the class.
7. Nolan Gorman, 3B, Sandra Day O'Connor HS (Phoenix, Ariz.)
While there are some holes in his swing that will be watched carefully in the spring, Gorman's power is legitimate, showing up in home run derbies and in games. He also has a very strong arm from the left side of the infield.

Gorman wins High School HR Derby

8. Ryan Weathers, LHP, Loretto (Tenn.) HS
The son of former big leaguer David Weathers, Ryan could very well be the top southpaw in the class when all is said and done, joining prep lefties like Brady Aiken, Kolby Allard and MacKenzie Gore as top of the Draft contenders. Weathers has a very good three-pitch mix, with more in the tank to come.
9. Mason Denaburg, RHP/C, Merritt Island (Fla.) HS
Denaburg is a two-way player, behind the plate and on the mound, but he stood out with his pitching all summer. He's up to 95 mph with his fastball and works in a solid curve and a changeup as well. If Denaburg were to focus on the mound, he could really take off.

Perfect Game: Denaburg's inning

10. Nander De Sedas, SS, Montverde (Fla.) Academy
The infielder really impressed with the bat all summer, showing easy power from both sides of the plate along with a good approach. De Sedas might not be a shortstop long-term, but he should be able to stay on the dirt in the future.


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