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Looking back at Brian McCann’s prospect days

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 27, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Like they did with Robinson Cano, the folks over at Baseball America have taken a look back at their own prospect evaluations of Brian McCann.

It’s a player who once ranked as high as No. 44 overall in BA’s Top 100 Prospects list, so he was obviously highly touted, but it’s interesting to note that heading into the 2005 season — the year he would play 59 big league games before becoming an All-Star the next season — Baseball America was expecting McCann to “spend 2005 at the new Double-A Mississippi affiliate and could reach Atlanta by late 2006.”

That same offseason, Baseball America was high on McCann’s bat and growing sold on his defense.

McCann has a sweet lefthanded swing and as much raw power as anyone in the organization. He employs a disciplined approach at the plate and makes solid contact. Drafted primarily for his bat, he has dedicated himself to improving behind the plate and was named the (Carolina League)’s best defensive catcher.

Check out the whole piece if you have a subscription. Prospect evaluation can be extremely hit or miss, and McCann seems to have hit on all of the potential that he showed from the day he was drafted. Maybe that’s what it takes to make seven all-star teams in a player’s first eight full seasons in the big leagues.

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74 Responses to “Looking back at Brian McCann’s prospect days”

  1. Ys Guy December 27th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    matt weiters was ranked #1 overall pre 2009 (#12 a year earlier)

    mccann has been much better than weiters.

  2. Hankflorida December 27th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    The Yankees have always won championships with good power hitting catchers in my time starting with Bill Dickey, Berra, Munson and Posada. With these catchers, they always had home run numbers from their outfielders. One year, DiMag, Heinrich and Keller each hit 30 home runs followed by the Mantle and Jackson eras. This year with Gardner, Ellsbury and Beltran, I do not expect the home run power to reach the century mark and would expect more scoring from moving the line. I expect the long ball to come from McCaan, Soriano and Text.

  3. joeman December 27th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    we do know that McCann has missed a lot of time the last 3 years because of injuries…..injury prone are words that has been tossed a lot around here….

  4. Jerkface December 27th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    plus Derek had actually been a good player more recently than Arod has (2012). Alex really hasn’t been healthy in like 5 years

    Jeter’s last good season is only 20 ops off of A-rod’s season last year. And more importantly A-rod was healthy at the end of last season and actually hitting, Jeter could not even play. Theres a lot of animosity towards A-rod because of the off the field stuff, but get real.

  5. Jerkface December 27th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    You are talking about Jeter as if he is awesome when he is really only as good as a broken down A-rod.

  6. joeman December 27th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    the 2014 NYY could be a very fragile team….best of health to McCann,Tex,Roberts,jeter,ARod,Gardner,Ells,CC…did I miss anyone ?

  7. tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    My prophesy: Arod will return and will hit well, with power, and field respectably, and I do not want to pay him to do it for somebody else.

  8. joeman December 27th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    jerkface & tom I’m in your corners …

  9. blake December 27th, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Jerkface says:
    December 27, 2013 at 4:27 pm
    You are talking about Jeter as if he is awesome when he is really only as good as a broken down A-rod.

    No I’m not….but Jeter has had one injury…..not a million different ones over the last 6 years.

    The difference is that Jeters new contract reflects where he is as a player and that Jeter is a leader of the club and not suing the team doctor

  10. blake December 27th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Tom,
    I’m doin a lowcountry boil….and good stuff to put in there besides corn and taters and shrimp?

  11. Jerkface December 27th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    No I’m not….but Jeter has had one injury…..not a million different ones over the last 6 years.

    Jeter has had one significant injury, the kind of which ends careers. A-rod had surgery and came back to play to a level as good as Jeter’s ‘best season in recent memory’.

  12. blake December 27th, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Jeter has had one significant injury, the kind of which ends careers. A-rod had surgery and came back to play to a level as good as Jeter’s ‘best season in recent memory’.”

    When was the last time Arod played a full seadon? His 1 month of 2013 hardly counts

  13. blake December 27th, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I wouldn’t count n Jeter or Arod n 2014 which is why I’m pushing so hard for Drew

  14. tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I think Arod is thoroughly pissed over MLB’s treatment of him, and will do his bodily best (which is pretty good) to rub Seligs’s face in it. I think his team mates will welcome him back, and he will make the team better than any other option. So there. I don’t care about allegations of malfeasance. He is one of the all-time best ball players of all time. 65 games, max.

  15. tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Department of Redundancy Department.

  16. tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    blake,
    Throw some clams in there, too.

  17. BoJo December 27th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Just catching up on today’s posts….

    MTU December 27th, 2013 at 9:21 am
    Billy Eppler has scouted Tanaka numerous times
    ———-
    Same guy who decided Hughes was a better starter than Joba….oh joy joy!

    Re: DRob–reminds me a lot of what Steve Farr was to Yankees. Good fastball and curve, but no Mariano (who is?)

    I can’t see rationale for rooting against ARod. He is not going away and taking less than ever signal penny owed to him. The fact that he is fighting against the hypocrisy of MLB actually makes him look better in my eyes. Sure he probably took PEDs, but MLB looked the other way for years, and now they used illegal means to build a case against him. I hope the arbitrator throws the case out without any suspension.

    Mike hegan was one of the finest fielding 1B the Yankees ever had…perhaps just behind Donnie. RIP.

    Paul Blair could have had an even more tremendous career if not for the beaning. He was never really the same offensive player after that. RIP.

    I don’t understand people here saying Tanaka will gladly want 7 years so he can hit market again at 32. He’ll want as many years as he can get (10 from Seattle?) with opt-out clauses so he maximizes both his safety net take as well as his flexibility to retest the market. He is not coming cheap with the feeding frenzy that will ensue,

    It might get so crazy that Yankees decide it would be more prudent to wait a year and go after Max and Bailey when they hit market. If they do this, they will try again to get under $189M so they have extra funds available to chase big talent.

  18. tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    blake,
    And some smoked sausage.

  19. BoJo December 27th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 5:04 pm
    I think Arod is thoroughly pissed over MLB’s treatment of him, and will do his bodily best (which is pretty good) to rub Seligs’s face in it. I think his team mates will welcome him back, and he will make the team better than any other option. So there. I don’t care about allegations of malfeasance. He is one of the all-time best ball players of all time. 65 games, max.

    Agreed.

  20. blake December 27th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Tom I got some smoked sausage in there and some old bay…..I have no clams but she’s smelling good. This is a big thing in your parts right?

  21. pat December 27th, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Yankees track record for coming back from injuries hasn’t been very good since Ahmad has taken over. Perhaps that would have been a good off field change to make this offseason.

  22. tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    bojo,
    Do you mean, WE’RE NOT DOOMED?

  23. BoJo December 27th, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    If, in fact, Tanaka offers go 10 years/200M+, I for one would be willing to pass him be and get under cap so the team can use the cap penalty money to pursue players like Max, Bailey, Harper, Trout, etc.

    I’ve gone thru the CBS years and the early 90s, and know that sometimes you have to suffer a little to rebuild. I’ll still support the team if they do decide to pass and go under cap.

  24. BoJo December 27th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    bojo,
    Do you mean, WE’RE NOT DOOMED?

    More like WE’RE SHROOMED! (as in traversing a mushroom fantasy of Hank’s).

  25. tomingeorgia December 27th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    blake,
    There’s a restaurant in town that does a boil once a month, and you can’t get in the door. We’re about 175 miles from the coast, so it’s a bit of a rarity up here, but still much appreciated. I guess it’s my Yankee roots that want to throw those clams in, but hell, it’s like BBQ, do what you like!

  26. Bronx Jeers December 27th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Crawfish, more shrimp and more heat !

  27. 4TrainNorth December 27th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Alex will come back after 65 games and put the team on his back.

  28. Ys Guy December 27th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    id say the chance of arod carrying the yankees next year is about the same as the chance that youk would carry them last year. maybe a little less because of the suspension.

  29. 4TrainNorth December 27th, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Just think how well-rusted he’ll be!

  30. BoJo December 27th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t understand the speculation about 65 games.

    Either the arb says:
    * 0 games because MLB broke laws to put case together, or
    * 50 games because that is what others received and what is mandated by union contract

    I don’t see any higher suspension because i don’t believe MLB could prove ARod was pushing PEDs, nor can they prove he was obstructing case since their tactics were worse. One could argue ARod was only trying to obtain the files he was legally entitled to under HIPPA laws.

    Even if the arb states 50 games, i think ARod may be able to get this overturned in courts. He certainly has the legal muscle to challenge the ruling….and make it painful enough for MLB to drop the case.

  31. BoJo December 27th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Just a follow up…IF Selig actually had proof that ARod was pushing PEDs, IMO he would have banned him from baseball and not tried to just penalize him. The fact that he went through the union contract to suspend him tells me he realized his case was flimsy.

    Best thing now actually would be for ARod to get the suspension totally thrown out due to lack of legally obtained evidence. That would let MLB avoid the embarrassment of seeing this case taken through legal system. While they can’t just drop the suspension due to the suspensino of others, letting the arb make the call lets them off the hook.

  32. blake December 27th, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Tom,
    It was really good…..big pot, some shrimp, some sausage, some red potatoes, and some corn…..

  33. PRDENTIST December 28th, 2013 at 11:01 am

    As far as Arod is concerned, I think that he will not get the full suspension but at least 100 games. I don’t think that the evidence which was illegally gotten, although that has be argued it wasn’t , will come into play. When Bousch got on the stand and said yes I gave him x, y, and z and that he brought other Yankee players to me, that will determine the punishment.

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