Shane McClanahan

Shane McClanahan

25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Tampa Bay Rays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
McClanahan had one of those Jeckyll and Hyde type seasons which felt like a tribute to the 1990 season of Jack Armstrong. Like Armstrong, McClanahan had an amazing first half of the season with a 1.71 ERA, a 0.80 WHIP, and held opposing hitters to a .176 average with 9 wins before the break. He then had a small IL stint, came back with a promising outing, but then struggled in other outings around a second IL stint and won just 4 more games with a 4.20 second half ERA after the break. All in all, he eclipsed projected workload totals and the entire body of work was still very impressive even if it was frontloaded. The evolution of his change was the differentiator for him as it went from a show-me offering to righties to his second most utilized offering with an elite whiff rate giving him two pitches - one for each side of the plate - with elite whiff rates. Durability is the only remaining question mark here for Sugar Shane who looked like he was following the path 2018 Blake Snell blazed for him on the way to the Cy Young that season. That path is still well lit for the lefty. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $2.23 million contract with the Rays in July of 2018.
Takes tough loss
PTampa Bay Rays
October 1, 2022
McClanahan (12-8) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two over five innings, taking the loss Saturday versus the Astros.
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McClanahan bounced back from a rough outing last Sunday versus the Blue Jays. Unfortunately for him, the Rays didn't offer enough support. The ace exited the game after 67 pitches (45 strikes), presumably to give him a bit of rest with the Rays' playoff spot confirmed Friday. The southpaw finished the regular season with a 2.54 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 194:38 K:BB across 166.1 innings through 28 starts. He's lined up to start Game 1 of the wild-card round against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
86
Last 10 Games
85
Last 5 Games
75
How many pitches does Shane McClanahan generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Shane McClanahan generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-14%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-6%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-17%
BAA vs RHP
2020
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .249 198 55 11 46 5 0 5
Since 2020vs Right .214 960 280 64 190 34 0 28
2022vs Left .204 101 26 6 19 3 0 3
2022vs Right .192 540 168 32 97 13 0 16
2021vs Left .293 97 29 5 27 2 0 2
2021vs Right .242 420 112 32 93 21 0 12
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-12%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-26%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-4%
ERA on Road
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.07 1.14 170.0 16 8 0 11.0 2.5 1.1
Since 2020Away 2.71 0.98 119.2 6 6 0 9.6 2.0 1.0
2022Home 2.81 1.02 105.2 9 5 0 10.8 2.3 1.0
2022Away 2.08 0.76 60.2 3 3 0 9.9 1.6 1.0
2021Home 3.50 1.34 64.1 7 3 0 11.2 2.9 1.1
2021Away 3.36 1.20 59.0 3 3 0 9.3 2.4 0.9
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Shane McClanahan compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.11
 
K/9
10.5
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
96.8 mph
 
ERA
2.54
 
WHIP
0.93
 
BABIP
.261
 
GB/FB
1.92
 
Left On Base
80.1%
 
Exit Velocity
81.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.5%
 
Spin Rate
2208 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.9%
 
Swinging Strike
15.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2021
2020
The original plan for McClanahan was a familiar one for young Tampa Bay hurlers: get sent down late to work on something and show up once service time had been sufficiently manipulated. The young lefty pitched too well for the team to stick with the plan and some other injuries forced the matter, so McClanahan pitched at the big-league level all season under a watchful eye, only exceeding 90 pitches in four of his 25 outings. He won 10 of his 25 outings with a strong 20.1 K-BB% pitching around some traffic on the bases and a league average home run rate. He ran into some issues with his velocity as the season wore on, losing two mph off his fastball from June into August before gaining some of that back in September. His postseason work looked like a young pitcher who was working on fumes, and that will be a fresh memory for 2022 drafting season. Do not expect more than 150 innings from him in 2022.
McClanahan got knocked around in his first taste of Double-A during the 2019 season, posting an 8.35 ERA and 1.96 WHIP with a 21:6 K:BB over 18.1 frames, but he impressed at the alternate training site this past summer. The electric southpaw made his MLB debut in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Yankees. In his lone big-league appearance, he surrendered a hit and a walk before retiring the final batter in the ninth inning. McClanahan figures to begin 2021 at Triple-A, where he will work on honing his command and improving his fourth-pitch changeup. On the strength of his upper-90s fastball and two plus breaking balls, McClanahan will provide MLB value in some multi-inning role sooner than later. However, Tampa Bay could end up using him as a primary pitcher or multi-inning reliever rather than as a traditional starter.
The 31st overall pick in 2018, McClanahan climbed three levels of the minors in his first full season. In his final 20 outings across stops at Low-A, High-A and Double-A, he logged a 3.16 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 126:31 K:BB in 102.2 IP, and that includes two blowup outings at Double-A over the final month of the minor-league season. A 6-foot-1 southpaw who had Tommy John surgery as an amateur, McClanahan has always had electric stuff, but he took a big step forward with his command/control last year. His fastball can touch triple digits and he throws three offspeed pitches, the best being a plus curveball. He has frontline upside if his command gains hold and his slider or changeup improves. However, in a free-thinking organization where Brendan McKay isn't even a lock to be used as a traditional starting pitcher, McClanahan's risk of being relegated to a multi-inning relief role is extreme.
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Coughs up three homers
PTampa Bay Rays
September 25, 2022
McClanahan (12-7) yielded four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings Sunday, striking out two and taking a loss against Toronto.
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In line to start Sunday
PTampa Bay Rays
September 24, 2022
The Rays list McClanahan (neck) as their probable starter for Sunday's home game against the Blue Jays.
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Should make next start
PTampa Bay Rays
Neck
September 20, 2022
McClanahan (12-6) took the loss against the Astros on Tuesday after he exited with neck tightness/spasms, but he expects to make his next turn through the rotation, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports. He allowed five runs on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts over four innings.
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Managing neck issue
PTampa Bay Rays
Neck
September 20, 2022
McClanahan was diagnosed with left neck tightness/spasms after leaving Tuesday's start against the Astros, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.
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Leaves with apparent injury
PTampa Bay Rays
Shoulder
September 20, 2022
McClanahan was removed from Tuesday's start against the Astros with an apparent shoulder injury, Tricia Whitaker of Bally Sports Sun reports.
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