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Former USF Pitcher Shane McClanahan Named to MLB All-Star Team

The Tampa Bay Rays ace is everything we hoped for in the Cape Coral native.

Tampa Bay Rays v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

For the first time ever, a former USF baseball player will play in the all-star game after Tampa Bay Rays’ ace Shane McClanahan was named to the all-star team on Sunday.

McClanahan spent three seasons with the Bulls where he racked up the strikeouts, and dazzled fans with a fastball that touched 100 MPH. But, it wasn’t until he was drafted by the Rays that he fully realized his potential.

The lefty ace has catapulted himself into the Cy Young race this season while posting a 1.73 ERA and notching an MLB-leading 141 strikeouts so far this season. He has posted 11-straight starts with 6+ innings and at least seven strikeouts heading into Monday. He’s allowed more than one earned run in just one of his last 11 starts.

The 2022 Summer Classic is scheduled for July 19 at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. If Shane doesn’t start for the AL, it’ll be a travesty (unless the Rays work around the rules and make sure he doesn’t pitch).