As preseason hype goes, Shane McClanahan has reached the Quinton Flowers stratosphere.
The USF baseball team's left-handed ace and a potential first-round big-league draft choice next summer, McClanahan has been named a first-team preseason All-American by Baseball America. Florida juniors Brady Singer (starter) and Michael Byrne (reliever) also made the first team.
It ranks among McClanahan's more prestigious accolades in a winter teeming with them. A 6-foot-2 redshirt sophomore from Cape Coral, McClanahan has been selected a second-team All-American by Perfect Game, and a third-teamer by d1Baseball.com.
No fewer than four national online publications project him to be among the first 10 players drafted in 2018.
McClanahan, who missed the 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, led the American Athletic Conference with 12.32 strikeouts per nine innings last year. He finished 4-2 with a 3.20 ERA, and finished ninth nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (5.68).
He almost certainly will be the opening night starter when the Bulls play host to North Carolina on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.