Free Agent Profile & Prediction #12: James McCann

DETROIT, MI – MAY 21: James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers hits a solo walk-off home run to defeat the Houston Astros 6-5 in the 11th inning at Comerica Park on May 21, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

James McCann chose a great time to kickstart his career in the right path, after being a below average catcher for the first five years of his major league career, averaging a .642 OPS. But something changed when McCann got signed by the White Sox in the offseason of 2018 going into 2019. McCann was voted an all-star and finished with an above average .789 OPS, easily the highest of his career to this point. Then to trump that, in 2020, McCann went off, finishing with a slash of .289/.360/.536 with a .896 OPS, elite for the catching position.

On the other side of the ball, McCann saw a share of time in the DH duty, with Yasmani Grandal signing with the club, but still produced in his time behind the plate. Overall McCann has been excellent at preventing base runners from stealing bases, with a 36 percent rate, to the league average of 28 percent within those seven seasons. A facet of McCanns game that has shown signs of improving, is his ability to frame, which before 2020, was horrible, with the low coming in 2019, where he was the worst framing catcher with -15 Runs Extra Strikes. So whether this is a sign of improvement in that facet of his game, or just an outlier, will be seen in the coming years.

McCann still has a good amount to prove, as it is likely, with the dearth of catching this offseason, that he has slotted up into the second best available catcher, so it’s shaping up for him to get payed. Whether they will look back in five seasons and say McCann is underpaid or overpayed, is for his play to decide.

These are the teams I believe have the best chance of signing McCann: Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals

Final Landing Spot Prediction: James McCann signs a 4 yr/60 million dollar deal with the New York Mets

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .286/.345/.525 .870 OPS 19 HR 63 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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