In a down-to-the-wire signing decision that had many wondering if the deal was going to get done, the Rays have signed their first round draft pick, and 31st overall pick, Shane McClanahan.
McClanahan is a Florida native, born in Cape Coral, and attended University of South Florida where he played for the Bulls. The left-handed pitcher seemed to be unsure of his decision to sign leading up to the deadline, but it has since been confirmed. His slot has a $2.22 million value and it’s likely that the terms of his bonus deal are what took so long to get the deal done.
According to Jim Callis, McClanahan signed for $2,230,100 which is just $5700 over slot value.
McClanahan confirmed the news himself via his Twitter account.
Very blessed and excited to become a Tampa Bay Ray. Can’t wait to get to work! pic.twitter.com/ITY6jOD0gQ— Shane McClanahan (@Sugar_ShaneM) July 6, 2018
This is certainly exciting news for the Rays, and McClanahan’s fastball was scouted at a 70 grade, and although he missed his freshman year thanks to Tommy John surgery, it hasn’t seemed to slow him down any since. According to his MLB draft profile, “His fastball has consistently touched triple digits this spring, hitting between 97-100 mph on a regular basis. His repertoire also features a plus changeup — a pitch thrown with good arm speed and features late drop. His slider gives him at least a third average pitch.”