Shane McClanahan

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Shane McClanahan

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Shane McClanahan made his major league debut pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays against the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the Division Series on October 5, 2020. He was the fourth player of the modern era to make his debut in a postseason game, following Mark Kiger, Adalberto Mondesi and Alex Kirilloff; Kiriloff had done so only a few days earlier. It came in mop-up duty, after the Yankees had already scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th to extend their lead to 9-3, and he was tasked to get the final out with a runner on first base, which he managed to do but only after loading the bases. He had not pitched competitively that season, given that there were no minor league games and he was at the Rays' alternate training site. He had also been on the roster for the Wild Card Series, but his services had not been needed, given his team's quick two-game sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays. He made three more appearances during the postseason, including pitching one scoreless inning in Tampa Bay's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

He was a supplemental 1st round pick, 31st overall, by the Rays in the 2018 amateur draft, out of the University of South Florida. The pick had been obtained by the Rays as compensation for the Baltimore Orioles signing free agent pitcher Alex Cobb. He pitched seven scoreless innings between two teams in 2018 before logging a full season as a starting pitcher in 2019. That year, he made 22 starts in 24 appearances, playing for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Charlotte Stone Crabs and Montgomery Biscuits, with a record of 11-6, 3.36 and 154 strikeouts in 120 2/3 innings.

He did not make the Rays' opening day roster in 2021. Given his success as a starter in his only complete minor league season, the Rays were looking to stretch him out to be available to pitch in that role in the future.

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