Prospect Most Likely to Be Traded: Shane McClanahan
The Tampa Bay Rays have a wealth of pitching prospects to deal from this offseason if they choose to do so, but McClanahan may be the most likely to be moved. Here’s why…
We know that the editorials-analysis won’t spend big this winter on free agents, but that doesn’t mean they won’t spend big on the trade market. Sporting arguably the best farm system in baseball, the Rays have the prospect depth to make a splash this offseason.
The Rays have a long history of drafting and developing great arms and the crop of young arms they have developing throughout their system is a testament to that history. Top pitching prospects Matthew Liberatore (#4 Prospect), Brent Honeywell (#5 Prospect), Shane Baz (#6 Prospect) are likely untouchable in trade talks, but if the Rays make a splash they will have to part ways with one of their top pitching prospects.
This is where Shane McClanahan, the Rays #11 prospect, comes into play. It is never easy predicting which prospects any team will part with, but McClanahan seems to be the most obvious high-end pitching prospect to be dealt. McClanahan who is likely still two years away, will be faced with a challenge in the form of both Brendan McKay and Blake Snell.
All three are southpaws along with Matthew Liberatore, who is rapidly progressing through the minor leagues. This leaves the Rays with a plethora of high-end left-handed pitchers, not to mention right-handed pitchers Tyler Glasnow, Brent Honeywell, and Shane Baz who will all need innings as well.
Eventually the Rays will have to make the difficult choice to part ways with at least one of their top pitching prospects and this offseason may be the time to do it.
2019 Stats across A, A+, AA:
120.2 IP // 3.36 ERA // 154 K
He dominated hitters at both Single-A and Advanced-A but struggled upon his arrival to Double-A. Regardless, he will open 2020 in Double-A and advance from there.
Aside from Honeywell, McClanahan seems to be the pitching prospect closest to making his debut and this could appeal to teams across the league who are already in a competitive window or are nearing one.