PORT CHARLOTTE — USF products Shane McClanahan and Phoenix Sanders both made good impressions during their stay in the Rays major-league camp, which ended Thursday as they were reassigned to the minors.
Three other pitchers were also reassigned: Deck McGuire, Dylan Covey and D.J. Snelten.
The moves reduced the Rays roster to 49, with opening day — at least as scheduled — two weeks from today.
McClanahan pitched on Wednesday, hitting 100 mph once and 99 four times during a 33-pitch, 1⅓ inning outing against a pretty good Red Sox. After a pair of rough spring outings, he posted four straight without allowing a run, though still has an uglier-than-it-was 0-1, 12.00 mark.
McClanahan pitched his way from Class A Bowling Green to advanced Class A Charlotte to Double-A Montgomery last year and will continue to work as a starter.
"He’s exciting to watch,'' manager Kevin Cash said after Wednesday’s game. "It’s going to be fun to see kind of how he continues to develop because he has a chance to be really, really special.''
Sanders pitched five times during the spring, having one rough outing and four pretty good ones in compiling an 0-0, 7.36 mark.