James McCann Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 3" / 235 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 6/13/1990 (33)
James McCann Season Stats
Last 10 Games
James McCann News
Baltimore Orioles catcher James McCann (hand) is back behind the plate doing the catching and is hitting sixth for the Orioles against the visiting Colorado Rockies and left-hander Kyle Freeland on Friday. McCann will return to action after missing the team's last few games due to a bruised left hand. The 33-year-old veteran backstop has done very little in just 151 at-bats in his first season in Baltimore, but he is hitting a strong .375 (18-for-48) with a home run, seven doubles, 13 RBI, two stolen bases and nine runs scored in 16 games (15 starts) since the All-Star break. Although three of McCann's four home runs on the year have come against left-handed pitching, he's gone just 19-for-88 (.216) against southpaw in 2023.
Baltimore Orioles catcher James McCann (oblique) missed the final seven games of spring training after feeling soreness in his left oblique in a March 20 Grapefruit League game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 32-year-old backstop called the injury "minor," but general manager Mike Elias said it's "likely" that McCann will begin the 2023 season on the injured list. He spent almost a month on the injured list last year with the New York Mets with a left oblique strain, although he said his current soreness is on the same side but in a different area. McCann will be backing up young catcher Adley Rutschman when he's healthy, and Anthony Bemboom should serve as Baltimore's backup to open the season with McCann on the shelf.
Baltimore Orioles catcher James McCann (oblique) hasn't played in a spring game since Monday due to discomfort in his left oblique, which he noticed while swinging at a pitch. McCann was on the injured list last year with the New York Mets after being diagnosed with a strained left oblique. Baltimore is keeping him out of Sunday's Grapefruit League game, and they don't know if he'll be ready for Opening Day on Thursday against Boston. McCann is hopeful he can be on the Opening Day roster, but the O's may play it safe. If McCann begins on the injured list, Anthony Bemboom would break camp with the team for the second straight season. When healthy, McCann will back up starter Adley Rutschman while getting some starts at first base and DH against left-handed pitching.
Catcher James McCann followed up his breakout 2019 campaign with another solid performance in 2020. In Just 111 plate appearances with the White Sox, McCann posted a .289/.360/.536 line to go with seven home runs and 15 RBI. Although it was a small sample size, McCann's 2020 HR/PA was .063, a rate that was 66.8% higher than his .038 HR/PA from 2019 when he blasted 18 HR. While it is unlikely that McCann would have kept up that pace over the course of a full season, it still bodes well for the likelihood that he can match his 18 HR performance from 2019 this upcoming season. Other factors that lend support to a 2019 repeat include a huge uptick in overall launch angle in 2020 (15 degrees from 10.8 degrees in 2019), and 2020 barrel and hard-hit rates that were close to or higher than his 2019 totals. Additionally, McCann posted an exit velocity on FB/LD of 94.7 mph in 2020 which was in line with that of Dominic Smith, Max Muncy, and Wil Myers. While his xBA of .258 didn't quite support his .289 average, McCann should, nevertheless, be a good source of cheap HRs and RBI at the catcher position in 2021, despite a likely regression in batting average. Now that he is out of a time-share with Yasmani Grandal in Chicago and the primary catcher for the Mets assured of regular playing time in another great lineup, McCann makes for a very solid catcher selection in the later rounds. With a current ADP of 195, managers could do a lot worse than drafting McCann as a starting backstop or top backup catcher in all formats.