Jun 9, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann (34) hits a double in the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
# 5 Zero: James McCann
Tigers’ fans were hopeful that the catcher position would take a step up with the addition of James McCann. Seemingly a better hitter than last year’s catching duo of Alex Avila and Bryan Holaday, McCann has experienced mixed results in his rookie campaign.
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Last week was tough for him, notching just two hits in 13 at-bats, good for a .154 average and .538 OPS.
McCann was solid behind the plate, though Holaday has been equally good defensively and threw out a runner in the 8-1 win over the Indians on Sunday afternoon.
Unlike last year, Holaday is making the most of his sporadic outings offensively, hitting .269 with a homer and eight RBIs in eight games this season. Last week he hit .333 and helped to put the dagger in Cleveland with a double to score two runs to make the score 8-0 on Sunday.
Despite the tough week, McCann is still hitting a respectable .264 with an OPS just shy of .700 for the season.
Avila’s return could be on the horizon soon, and it is not like the Tigers will keep Holaday over McCann, but it would be wise of McCann to avoid these types of stumbles in the road to show his worth as the now and future starting catcher for the Detroit Tigers.
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