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Brian McCann (C,1B)

New York Yankees - 95% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: R
Brian McCann has a huge game

Sun, Apr 19th 8:05am EDT
By AJ Stone

Brian McCann went 3-for-4 including a triple, two RBI and a run scored, last night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Fantasy Impact: This was by far McCann's best game of the season thus far. He had previously had zero hits, in his last ten at-bats.

 

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Brian McCann went 0-for-3 last night against the Tampa Bay Rays. He did however manage to collect a walk and a run scored. McCann is now batting just .179 at the plate.

Fantasy Impact: McCann is now 0-for-10 in his last three games and just 2-for-his-last-15 at the plate. The power numbers are alluding him also, as he only has 1 HR and 4 RBI to start the season.

 

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Brian McCann hitless last night

Wed, Apr 15th 8:03am EDT
By AJ Stone

Brian McCann went 0-for-4 last night, in a 4-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Fantasy Impact: McCann is looking for his first hit on the road this season. The Yankees face RHP Bud Norris tonight. The 31-year-old catcher is batting just .188 against right handers, while hitting .333 against lefty pitching.

 

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Brian McCann hit his 200th home run of his career last night against the Boston Red Sox. Overall, he was 2-for-5 with the home run, an RBI and three runs scored, in the teams 14-4 win.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees as a team, finally broke out on offense and Brian McCann was a part of the explosion. Prior to last night's game, the Yankee offense had scored a total of just 17 runs in their first six games. They scored 14 last night against the Red Sox. McCann now has his average up to .278, along with one home run and three runs batted in, to start the season. He continues to be a value option at catcher in DFS and a must start for season long leagues.

 

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Coming off last night's marathon 19 inning loss to the Boston Red Sox, Brian McCann, as expected, is not in the starting lineup today.

Fantasy Impact: McCann went 2-for-6 with an RBI in last night's wild game. He is hitting .231 to start the season. When he does play, consider McCann a value option at catcher in DFS and a must start in season long leagues.

 

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Brian McCann takes one for the team

Wed, Apr 8th 10:20pm EDT
By AJ Stone

Brian McCann was plunked during his at-bat in the eighth inning, with the bases loaded, which led to the game tying run against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann failed to get a hit tonight, but managed to collect his first RBI of the season, when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. McCann is 1-for-4 in the first two games of the season. He needs to continue raising his average if he hopes to finish as a top 10 catcher in fantasy this year.

 

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Brian McCann is slated to bat fifth tonight and play catcher, in the Yankees second game of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann went 1-for-4 on opening day. Unfortunately for McCann owners, he does not have a favorable matchup tonight, against Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey. He is a career .207 (6-for-29) hitter, against the knuckle baller.

 

Brian McCann went 1-for-4 this afternoon, in a 6-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: The Yankees struggled on offense today, only collecting three hits total as a team. Brian McCann was able to get one of them. They are now off on Tuesday and resume their series against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

 

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Brian McCann went 1-for-3 with a run scored on Saturday against the Washington Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann finished Spring Training batting .234 (11-for-47), with two home runs and six runs batted in. McCann is looking to have a bounce back year at the plate. The power numbers should once agains be there for the 31-year-old catcher, however he struggled at the plate last season, hitting just .232. He is a career .272 hitter.

 

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Brian McCann went 0-for-3 this afternoon, in a 6-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is now hitting just .214 during spring training.

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann is 2-for-15 in his last five games. This is not a good sign for fantasy owners of McCann, since he struggled hitting at the plate (.232) last year as well. He will need to turn things around when the regular season starts next week, if he's going to be someone fantasy owners can rely on.

 

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Brian McCann hit his second home run of the spring this afternoon, against the Washington Nationals. McCann was 1-for-4 and also drove in two runs and scored a run.

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann has now hit in four consecutive games and his average has risen to .258 this spring. He is looking to have a bounce back year, after only hitting .232 from the plate last season.

 

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Brian McCann went 1-for-2 with an RBI, his fourth of the spring, in an 11-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers today.

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann has gotten his avg. up to .240 this spring. This is a good sign, as opening day approaches. If he can continue to get his avg up and carry that into the regular season, he should finish as a top 10 catcher in fantasy.

 

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Brian McCann was 2-for-2 with a HR, two RBI's and two Walks, tonight against the Atlanta Braves.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good sign to see McCann collect his first HR and get a couple of RBI's. The power numbers should not be a question for McCann. If he can hit for a higher avg than last year, he will be a top catcher in fantasy this year.

 

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Brian McCann was 0-for-2 tonight, in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann is batting just .143 this spring. He will need to hit better during the regular season, in order to finish as a top ten catcher.

 

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Brian McCann was 0-for-2 with an RBI this afternoon, as the Yankees won 3-2 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good sign for Brian McCann to collect his first RBI of the spring. Last year, McCann had 23 HR and 75 RBI's. The power numbers should be there again this season and if he can improve on his disappointing .232 AVG from last year, McCannn has a chance to be a top ten catcher. His ADP is #134.

 

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Brian McCann went 0-3 with a strikeout against the Atlanta Braves tonight.

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann is trying to rebound from arguably a down year last season. Although he had 23 HR and 75 RBI in 2014, he only batted .232 and he is a career .272 hitter. McCann is still worth a mid round pick in fantasy and will try to finish as a top 10 catcher this year.

 

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Brian McCann was 1-2 with a run in the Yankees win over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: McCann looks to rebound from a down year in 2014 and be a top-ten catcher again. He is worth a roster spot in mixed leagues no matter what, especially considering that he is a guaranteed power source from the catcher position. He has hit 20 or more HR in eight of the last nine seasons.

 

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Brian McCann quiet

Fri, Mar 6th 10:39pm EST
By Chris Zolli

McCann was 0-2 with a walk in the nightcap of a split squad game against the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: At this point of the spring, the best thing is for McCann to be healthy and behind the plate. McCann was able to play 140 games in 2014, his most games played since 2010, and is a huge rebound candidate after a poor 2014 season. He should still be drafted in all formats, especially since he has had 20 or more home runs in eight of the last nine seasons.

 

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McCann started at catcher for the first time in Spring Training, finishing 0-2 with a runner left on base.

Fantasy Impact: McCann will mainly play catcher this year, but the Yankees will also give him opportunities at first base and DH to strengthen his offensive output. He had his worst MLB season in 2014, but still had 23 HRs, his eighth season with 20 or more HRs in his career. McCann is still a top-15 catcher, with potential to be top-ten or better, and should be on fantasy rosters.

 

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New hitting coach Jeff Pentland, McCann's third in three years, will work to put McCann's worst MLB season behind him. A lot of that progress begins with McCann managing teams that shift when he comes to the plate. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: Brian McCann still had 23 home runs in 2014 and his 75 RBI were his most since 2010, but he slumped to only a .692 OPS. His low batting average, .232, was a major part of his tough first season in the Bronx as was his lowest walk total of his career. McCann will work with the Yankees new hitting coach to change his batting stance towards the shifts that his new AL East competitors employ against him, as he looks to regain his top-ten catcher value. McCann is nearly a certainty for 20 or more home runs and he averages 69 RBI over the past five seasons; if is able to work around the shift and get his BA to .250 or even .260, he can be very valuable this season.

 

Brian McCann saw his batting average drop mightly in 2014 and he is making ever effort to remedy that issue in 2015. Of the 76 players that qualified for the AL batting title, McCann finished in last in Batting Average in Balls Played. Some of that was attributed to a lack of solid contact but most of that is because of the heavy shifts that he faced. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: The easy way out would be for Rob Manfred to ban shifts, assisting both McCann and Yankees teammate Mark Teixeira. In lieu of that mandate, McCann is looking to shorten his swing to regain his past successes. In the first seven years of his major league career, McCann produced a .286/.358/486 slash line. In his last three seasons, he dropped to .238/.305/.419; he started his Yankees career with a .232 batting average. McCann has averaged 22 home runs over the past nine seasons, only once going under 20, and had an .823 OPS coming into 2014. There is still a lot of potential with McCann and if his batting average can even creep over .250, his home run and RBI totals could be enough to make him a top-five catcher.

 

Brian McCann had a rough start to his Yankees career and a lot of that could be attributed to hitting into shifts deployed by AL East rivals. Commissioner Rob Manfred wants to remove shifts as soon as possible, something that could alleviate McCann's issues. (Source: NJ.com)

Fantasy Impact: There were other issues for McCann last year, mainly falling in love with the right field porch and therefore swinging for a home run rather than looking for contact, but hitting into the shift was also an issue. McCann had the second lowest batting average of his career in 2014 and the lowest OPS of his career; the Yankees invested a lot in McCann and are looking for him to at least hit for power. McCann did have the second most HR in his career in 2014 and the possible rule changes could help his BA raise closer to his .272 career average. He still has potential as a top-10 catcher this year and optimistic owners could site last year's issues as a brief downfall in an otherwise solid hitting portfolio.

 

Brian McCann finished the season, his first in the American League, strong in 2014 and he needs to have that momentum carry over to 2015. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: McCann finished the season with 23 home runs and 75 RBI after an eight home run, 18 RBI September, posting his best RBI total since 2010 and home run tally since 2011. Although that is positive, McCann did see his OPS drop by 100 points from 2013 to 2014, fueled by the worst walk total of his career and a sub-.300 OBP. A huge positive for McCann, and one that was expected with a move to the AL where there is a DH, was that he played 140 games after averaging 117 games played in the previous three seasons. If McCann is healthy and able to utilize the right field porch at Yankee Stadium, he hit 19 of his 23 home runs at Yankee Stadium, McCann could hit 25+ home runs and be a top-ten catcher.