James McCann Chicago White Sox

Age: 30 (June 13, 1990) | 6' 3" | 225lbs. | Bats: Right C-106 DH-13 PH-1
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
DET AAA 2016 6 22 2 2 5 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 .091 .259 .091 19 22 .125 n/a
DET AL 2016 105 344 31 76 23 109 9 1 12 48 0 1 .221 .272 .358 6 29 .283 41/18/41 5 5
DET AAA 2017 2 6 1 4 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 .667 .714 .667 14 14 .800 n/a
DET AL 2017 106 352 39 89 26 89 14 2 13 49 1 0 .253 .318 .415 7 23 .300 38/28/34 9 9
DET AL 2018 118 427 31 94 26 116 16 0 8 39 0 3 .220 .267 .314 6 25 .282 38/22/39 3 3
CHW AL 2019 118 439 62 120 30 137 26 1 18 60 4 1 .273 .328 .460 6 29 .359 44/24/32 15 15
CHW AL 2020 31 97 20 28 8 30 3 0 7 15 1 1 .289 .360 .536 7 27 .339 38/25/38 14 13
Career 7yrs 601 2072 217 516 129 573 87 9 65 252 7 7 .249 .300 .394 6 26 .312 n/a
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I need the HR much more than I need the batting average...

Mike Gianella MikeG
Aug 9 '17

Manny Machado is going to get a lot of attention for his 2nd half turnaround, but let's look at James McCann, a less heralded turnaround candidate.  He showed a lot of power in the 1st half, but couldn't hit a lick.  His HR power has disappeared in the 2nd half.  But, he's a solid hitter.  It's like day and night.

1st half 201/282/416 9 HR 43 Ks 14 BB in 171 PA OPS+ 84

2nd half 367/406/500 1 HR 12 Ks 3 BB in 64 PA OPS+ 142

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Aug 8 '17

And another does and another one does another one joins the 2017 10 HR club.

van wilhoite LVW
Jul 31 '17

He's showing HR power, walking way more than his career rate, and striking out one quarter of his ABs.  The problem is, he only has two non-HR hits in 40 ABs.  That's leading to a rather incredible .074 BABIP through three weeks.  Three true outcomes.  

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Apr 24 '17

I love that catcher duo at those prices.  

Mike Dean TMU2009
Mar 9 '17

McCann is the guy I backed Martin up with in LABR at $7. He was one of my two overpays.

He's another power buy who should play because - as Peter notes below - the defense and pitch framing is strong. Hoping his second half was a sign of slightly better things to come, suspect it was sample size noise.

Mike Gianella MikeG
Mar 9 '17

He gets high marks for his defense from everyone.

B-R: 1.6 dWAR

BP: 2.6 FRAA

Fangraphs: 13.7 FRAA

Bill James Handbook: RS 9

SABR: 8.7 SDI

His SDI (SABR Defensive Index) ties him with Salvador Perez for the most in majors.

In the Handbook's Runs Saved, he comes in fifth, one more run saved than Carlos Perez.

Sal Perez is not in the top ten.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 18 '17