#8 James McCann
Controllable Through: 2020
2016 Stat of Note: 9 DRS
One of Detroit core players, James McCann seems settled in as the team’s catcher for the better part of the next decade.
Despite seeing his batting average drop from .264 to .221 and posting an on-base percentage (.272) .025 points lower than his rookie season, McCann improved.
The backstop turned in significantly better numbers in terms of wOBA (.297 compared to .255) and ISO (.137 compared to .122).
However, the most significant improvement came on defense.
Living up to his reputation as a defensive backstop, McCann threw out 45% of would-be base stealers. What’s more, the 26-year-old turned in a nine DRS number in 843.2 innings.
The “McCannon” finished as a finalist for the Gold Glove at the catcher position. He ultimately lost out to Kansas City’s Salvador Perez.
Why the Detroit Tigers Won’t Trade McCann
In the pipeline, Grayson Greiner is Detroit’s closest catching prospect in terms of making it to the Majors. Greiner has only played one game at the Triple-A level.
McCann isn’t going anywhere. However, in the off chance that he’s dealt, Detroit would need to bring in another starting catcher. There simply isn’t enough depth.