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Fantasy Profile: Brian McCann, C, New York Yankees

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Fantasy Profile: Brian McCann, C, New York Yankees

Pos. Rank 9,

At the beginning of the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season Brian McCann was on everyone’s sleeper list. “The short porch at Yankee Stadium is PERFECT for him, 30+ bombs here we come!” they all exclaimed, expecting elite results from someone who, to be fair, had shown he wasn’t quite the catcher he used to be.

While McCann will likely never hit .300+ again or get 90+ RBI, he’s still a threat from a home run perspective. Last year he hit 23 home runs, the ninth year out of ten that he’s hit 20 or more. Part of McCann’s problem last year was the increasing use of the shift. McCann likes to pull the ball into either the right side (33% of career hits) or up the middle (50% of career hits). Teams started to realize this and shifted on him more often then not. You could also say he was just unlucky, with a BABIP of .231 being .030 points lower than his 2013 BABIP. However some of this can be accounted to the shift and just not being able to hit the ball to the opposite field. I’d also expect McCann to be playing a lot of 1B/DH, so he should start more often than the average catcher.

Next year I wouldn’t expect much of an increase average wise, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him hit .250. Expect the 20+ home runs, as well as 70+ RBI. McCann should be drafted expecting a solid return for home runs and RBI, and really I don’t expect much more from my catchers.

2011 ATL C 128 527 466 51 24 71 3 57 89 0.270 0.466 0.351 0.817
2012 ATL C 121 487 439 44 20 67 3 44 76 0.230 0.399 0.300 0.699
2013 ATL C 102 402 356 43 20 57 0 39 66 0.256 0.461 0.336 0.797
2014 NYY C 140 538 495 57 23 75 0 32 77 0.232 0.406 0.286 0.692
2015 Projection NYY C 540 487 55 25 75 0 44 81 0.242 0.429 0.309 0.738

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 21: Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees bats against the Toronto Blue Jays during the game at Yankee Stadium on September 21, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by A Marlin/Getty Images)


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