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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 44: Kade McClure

Control has been sharp coming back from knee surgery, but the tall righthander hopes to miss a few more bats as the season moves on

Bounce back: McClure’s rehab from 2018 knee surgery was right on schedule, as he was pitching early in 2019 spring training.
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Kade McClure
230 pounds
Throws: Right
Age: 23
2018 SSS Top Prospect Rank: 30
SSS rank among all right-handed starters in the system: 11

While McClure had a solid three seasons as a starting pitcher for the Louisville Cardinals, his numbers slipped a bit during his junior season. As a sophomore, he enjoyed a 12-0 record in 78 innings, with a 2.54 ERA and 0.88 WHIP; during that season, he allowed just 49 hits (5.65 H/9) and 20 walks (2.31 BB/9) while striking out 77 (8.88 K/9). McClure’s junior season, though good, didn’t quite surpass his previous season’s results: he was 8-4 in 103 innings, with a 3.58 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. That season, he allowed 81 hits (7.08 H/9) and 36 walks (3.15 BB/9) while fanning 111 (9.70 K/9). The results were good enough for the White Sox to draft him in 2017’s sixth round.

In 2017 for three different teams (AZL, Kannapolis, Great Falls), McClure relieved in 10 games, with a microscopic 0.82 ERA and 0.55 WHIP over 11 innings, walking three while striking out 19. McClure began 2018 in the Kannapolis rotation and pitched reasonably well in eight outings, with a 3.02 ERA while walking 14 and striking out 42 in 41 23 innings. Unfortunately, McClure needed knee surgery in late May after being hit by a come-back line drive.

McClure has a nice, four-pitch repertoire, including a four-seam fastball that runs up to 94 mph according to Future Sox, along with a two-seam fastball with sink, a slurve, and a changeup.

McClure is back healthy to start the 2019 season in Kannapolis, where he has struggled a bit in the early going: 1-1 in five starts, and a 4.50 ERA. McClure has thrown 20 strikeouts against just six walks, but carries a high WHIP in the early going (1.542) because he’s given up 31 hits in 24 innings.

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Courtesy of our pals at 2080 Baseball.

2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

44. Kade McClure, RHSP
45. Luis Mieses, CF
46. Ti’quan Forbes, 3B
47. Thyago Vieira, RHRP
48. Corey Zangari, 1B
49. Yermin Mercedes, C
50. Anderson Comas, RF
51. Gunnar Troutwine, C
52. Codi Heuer, RHSP
53. Andrew Perez, LHRP
54. Josue Guerrero, LF
55. Jacob Lindgren, LHRP
56. Ryan Cordell, CF
57. Joel Booker, LF
58. Bennett Sousa, LHRP
59. Blake Battenfield, RHSP
60. Caberea Weaver, CF
61. Matt Foster, RHRP
62. Tate Blackman, 2B
63. Hunter Schryver, LHRP
64. Romy González, CF
65. Carlos Perez, C
66. Trey Michalczewski, 3B
67. Taylor Varnell, LHSP
68. John Parke, LHSP
69. Mike Morrison, RHRP
70. Zach Remillard, 3B
71. Luis Martinez, RHSP
72. Zach Lewis, RHSP
73. José Nin, RHRP
74. Colton Turner, LHSP
75. Jhoandro Alfonso, C
76. Ramon Beltre, 2B
77. Charlie Tilson, CF
78. Hunter Kiel, RHRP
79. Jason Bilous, RHSP
80. Nick Johnson, RHRP
81. Danny Dopico, RHRP
82. Harvin Mendoza, 1B
83. Logan Sowers, RF
84. Maiker Feliz, 3B
85. Brayan Herrera, RHSP
86. Craig Dedelow, LF
87. Wilber Pérez, RHSP
88. Kyle Kubat, LHRP
89. Johan Dominguez, RHRP
90. Mitch Roman, 2B
91. Ty Greene, C
92. Tanner Banks, LHSP
93. Jake Elliott, RHRP
94. Kevin Escorcia, LHRP
95. Luis Rodriguez, RHSP
96. Ian Dawkins, LF
97. Victor Diaz, RHRP
98. Travis Moniot, LF
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Brian Clark, LHRP

More information on South Side Top Prospects.