• Full name Nolan James McLean
  • Born 07/24/2001 in Willow Spring, NC
  • Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 214 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Oklahoma State
  • Drafted in the 3rd round (91st overall) by the New York Mets in 2023 (signed for $747,600).
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    School: Oklahoma State Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Orioles ’22 (3)
    Age At Draft: 22
    BA Grade:40/High
    Tools:Hit: 30. Power: 55. Run: 40. Field: 45. Arm: 60.

    McLean ranked as the No. 135 prospect on the 2022 BA 500 as a two-way player with huge raw power and a big fastball that got into the upper 90s. He was one of three players to be selected among the top 10 rounds and not sign, and instead of inking a deal with the Orioles as a third-rounder, he went back to school where he once again served as a relief pitcher and outfielder. McLean hit .250/.379/.532 with nine home runs, six doubles, a 37.3% strikeout rate and a 17.6% walk rate. On the mound he posted a 3.30 ERA over 30 innings, with a 24.1% strikeout rate and 12.1% walk rate. McLean has huge raw power and shows easy plus power in batting practice, and he’s also generally shown solid swing decisions, but as evidenced by his strikeout rate there are big contact questions. He’s always swung and missed at a high rate, and in 2023 he had just a 55% overall contact rate. Because of that, teams almost universally prefer his pro upside as a pitcher, where he has exceptional arm talent. He averaged 94 mph in 2023 and has been up to 98, with a pair of high-spin breaking balls in a mid-80s slider and upper-70s curveball. Both pitches have above-average or plus potential with spin rates north of 2,900 rpm, but his control and command need plenty of work.

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Career Transactions

  • TWP Nolan McLean assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from Brooklyn Cyclones.
  • TWP Nolan McLean assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones from St. Lucie Mets.
  • New York Mets signed TWP Nolan McLean.
  • RHP Nolan McLean assigned to Oklahoma State Cowboys.

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