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.