James McCann
James McCann
29-Year-Old CatcherC
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McCann was a power sleeper at a shallow position coming into 2018, but the power remained comatose and never woke up. He had a horrendous season at the plate after showing three years of steady power improvement from 2015 through 2017. The non-power part of his game is rather non-existent, as he hits for the type of low average you would expect from a slow-footed catcher. He is best utilized in a platoon where he can face lefty pitchers (.231/.275/.322 against RHP for his career). The Tigers declined to tender McCann an offer for arbitration and he ultimately landed with the White Sox on a one-year contract. Assuming his exposure is limited and he can just feast on lefties, McCann will at least have some appeal as an injury replacement in two-catcher formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the White Sox in December of 2018.
Day off Tuesday
CChicago White Sox
July 23, 2019
McCann is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Marlins.
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McCann sits after starting four straight games. Welington Castillo starts behind the plate in his absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
19
11
3
4
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
27
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .779 313 37 14 32 1 .256 .323 .456
Since 2017vs Right .666 824 74 19 89 4 .247 .298 .368
2019vs Left .919 88 15 4 10 1 .304 .375 .544
2019vs Right .796 201 26 8 23 3 .287 .333 .463
2018vs Left .514 109 8 3 9 0 .176 .229 .284
2018vs Right .602 348 23 5 30 0 .234 .279 .323
2017vs Left .928 116 14 7 13 0 .298 .371 .558
2017vs Right .650 275 25 6 36 1 .234 .296 .355
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .710 553 67 18 68 1 .246 .303 .408
Since 2017Away .684 584 44 15 53 4 .253 .307 .377
2019Home .836 138 22 5 14 1 .291 .348 .488
2019Away .830 151 19 7 19 3 .293 .344 .486
2018Home .565 219 21 5 20 0 .201 .247 .319
2018Away .595 238 10 3 19 0 .238 .286 .309
2017Home .787 196 24 8 34 0 .264 .333 .454
2017Away .679 195 15 5 15 1 .242 .303 .376
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Stat Review
How does James McCann compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.24
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
28.4%
 
BABIP
.382
 
ISO
.195
 
AVG
.292
 
OBP
.346
 
SLG
.487
 
OPS
.833
 
wOBA
.363
 
Exit Velocity
90.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.6%
 
Barrels/PA
5.0%
 
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9 days ago
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17 days ago
Chris Bennett likes Jose Altuve batting against Andrew Heaney as Altuve has a .391 ISO, .454 wOBA and 194 wRC+ against southpaws.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
2012
McCann was a below-average major-league hitter last season, but he wasn't bad at all compared to his contemporaries at the catcher position. He lifted 13 home runs in 391 plate appearances, lending hope to the idea that he could get to 20 homers with a full season of regular playing time. McCann's 6.6 walk percentage leaves something to be desired, but he trimmed his strikeout rate from 2016 by nearly six percentage points to 22.8 percent and showed improvement against right-handed pitching (.234/.296/.355, up from .200/.236/.219 in 2016). The pitch-framing statistics are not kind to McCann, but he has a great arm and grades out well on defense. He should be the primary catcher on Opening Day, and he could hit as high as fifth or sixth in the Tigers' batting order.
2016 was a bit of a disappointment for McCann, who faced high expectations following a 2015 season where he hit .264 in 114 games with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 41 RBI for the Tigers. This past season, the 26-year-old slashed .221/.274/.358 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI. The home run increase was a positive, but it came at a cost, as his strikeout rate increased from 21.2 percent to 29.2 percent. McCann, who grades well as a defensive catcher by most criteria, threw out 45 percent of potential basestealers, up from 41 percent in 2015. Barring a free agent acquisition, he figures to enter 2017 as the Tigers' starting catcher, where he'll hope to add to his power increase with a rebound in average and contact rate.
McCann won the 2015 Tigers' Rookie of the Year Award from the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association on the back of an outstanding season behind the dish. He caught 112 error-free games to lead all MLB catchers and became only the sixth catcher on record to be error-free in over 100 games. On top of the flawless glove-work, he threw out 40.6 percent of American League base stealers. But McCann is more than just a defensive specialist -- he hit .264 with 18 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 41 RBI with the Tigers last year. His leadership is off the charts, especially for a guy entering just his second season. McCann's power stroke will continue to grow and double-digit home runs will arrive sooner rather than later.
After showing growth at the Triple-A level last season, McCann was rewarded with a September promotion. The 2011 second-round pick made nine appearances for the Tigers in September, hitting .250 with one double and two runs scored in 12 at-bats. Despite the improvements at the dish at Triple-A, McCann’s calling card remains his solid defensive play. He has thrown out 39 percent of base stealers in his first three full seasons in the minors while doing a quality job running a pitching staff. Detroit has opted to bring back Alex Avila as their lead backstop, but McCann is expected to get the opportunity to challenge Bryan Holaday for the backup gig in 2015. Given Holaday’s lack or production at the plate the past two seasons, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see McCann work his way into the backstop mix for the Tigers this season, and his role could expand quickly if Avila continues to deal with minor injuries and long droughts at the dish.
The Tigers selected McCann with the 76th pick of the 2011 MLB Entry Draft. He profiles as a solid defensive player behind the plate, but he needs to improve at the plate before cracking any fantasy radars. The 21-year-old backstop hit just .146/.222/.250 in his first season of pro ball.
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Sends game into extras
CChicago White Sox
July 21, 2019
McCann went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 2-1 extra-innings win over the Rays.
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Heads to bench
CChicago White Sox
July 18, 2019
McCann is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Royals.
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Not in lineup Saturday
CChicago White Sox
July 13, 2019
McCann is out of the lineup Saturday against the Athletics.
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Blasts two-run homer
CChicago White Sox
June 28, 2019
McCann went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a second run scored in a 6-4 victory over the Twins on Friday.
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Gets start at DH
CChicago White Sox
June 25, 2019
McCann is starting at designated hitter and batting cleanup Tuesday against the Red Sox, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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