There’s two varieties of people that play fantasy baseball: The winners and the losers–Nah, I’m kidding. There’s two varieties, however not winners and losers. Effectively, really, there are these two varieties, however there’s two different varieties I’m speaking about. The 2 varieties are dummies and people who take heed to me! Sorry, one other goof. It’s simply that setup of “there’s two varieties” is simply so juicy, like my ass in these sweatpants. There is likely to be 5,000 varieties who play fantasy baseball, I don’t effin’ know, however two of these varieties are ones who know what they’re doing, and are open to solutions and people not open to solutions. The latter group is fairly giant. They’re the group that thinks they’re smarter than everybody else. Fantasy sports activities attracts plenty of them. Nature of the beast, actually. I predict those not open to solutions are going to take a look at Shane McClanahan‘s exit velocity, and HardHit% and state they’re out on him. That shall be backed of their thoughts by his very terrible 4.57 xERA. I additionally predict there shall be plenty of contrarian ‘perts on the market who’re out on McClanahan for this identical purpose. Like there’s one thing underneath the hood on McClanahan that they’re cautious of. Beneath the hood, how’sever, is a freakin’ Corvette engine and I’m carrying skinny denims and a B.U.M. Gear sweatshirt! Now let’s get on this pet and go vroom vroom! By the best way, if anybody out there may be constructing a Zamboni-type vacuum that’s ride-along, you may name it a Vroom Broom. I offer you permission. I had desires of constructing one, however I’m undecided I’m going to get to it.
Within the different group of people that play fantasy baseball, there’s gonna be lots of people who love Shane McClanahan. As talked about earlier than, typically it’s much less about whether or not a fantasy baseball sleeper is actually unknown or not for a submit and extra about how a lot I like a man and the way he’s nonetheless going at a reduction, even when that low cost might not be from like, “At decide 547, I took Johnny Cueto, and possibly he can bounce again.” Shane McClanahan is simply useless horny and I wish to speak about that vroom vroom. So, what can we count on from Shane McClanahan for 2022 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?
Psyche! Earlier than we get into the Shane McClanahan sleeper submit, simply needed to announce that I’ve completed my 2022 fantasy baseball rankings they usually’re all out there on our Patreon. Anyway II, the Shane McClanahan sleeper:
Final 12 months in 123 1/3 IP, Shane McClanahan went 10-6/3.43/1.27/141 with a ten.3 Okay/9 and a pair of.7 BB/9. That was working off a 97 MPH four-seamer, 89 MPH slider, 83 MPH curve, and really occasional change. So, strikeout pitcher with three dynamos and one backdoory sucker that’s younger and able to get some. However wait there’s extra! McClanahan had a forty five.5% floor ball fee, that was thirty third within the league, when sorting by 120+ IP, and the twentieth lowest fly ball fee at 29.5%. In his house park, he can prolly get away with much less butter, however you butter, you butter, you butt with out all these floor balls? Sure, however he’s nonetheless sitting down guys with ease. Wouldn’t even hassle with a random 120-ish IP from a rookie if it didn’t monitor from his minor league play, however, after all, it does.
So, concerning the HardHit% that has the “too cool for varsity” fantasy baseballers out. It’s not very best. It’s additionally not the end-all. With barely extra HardHit% given up is Blake Snell, Gausman, Scherzer, Robbie Ray, Stroman and the checklist goes on. You throw arduous and other people hit it arduous. There’s guys like Matt Harvey, Andrew Heaney and different rubbish purveyors within the HardHit% checklist, so it’s a factor, however it’s not all the pieces. McClanahan’s fastball will get hit (.316 xBA), however so long as he doesn’t develop into predictable, he can throw his slider or curve (.221 and .212 respectively) and put away anybody. Plus, if he’s getting hit arduous on the fastball however it’s on the bottom? Meh, who cares. Single him up, as divorce attorneys say.
My greatest concern is his fastball velocity tailed off because the season went on. May or not it’s as a result of fatigue (pronounced fay-tee-gay, it’s Italian)? Sure, plus it’s encouraging that his velocity returned in September and October. Oddly sufficient, when his velocity was at its lowest, his outcomes have been nonetheless nice in July and August. Possibly not oddly sufficient since he’s nonetheless hitting 96.5 MPH on his four-seamer. Actually, I’m undecided how a lot “being within the weeds to determine Shane” issues ultimately, as a result of he had a 14.8% SwStr% and that was ninth greatest within the majors. That stat is tough to pretend. Gerrit Cole had a 14.5% proper behind him, and Shane had eight aces sit in entrance of him. Corbin Burnes was greatest, Kershaw, Scherzer, Robbie Ray, Gausman, and many others. and many others. and many others. If Shane McClanahan’s getting that many guys to swing and miss? He’s a prime starter. For 2022, I’ll give Shane McClanahan projections of 14-8/3.43/1.17/189 in 163 IP with an opportunity for extra.