Yesterday, we graded reliever Adam Warren, who bounced back from his terrible start with the Chicago Cubs and thrived in the Yankees bullpen. Today, we move to the Yankees offense where we’ll grade Yankees catcher Brian McCann,who began as a starter before being demoted by Gary Sanchez.
When the Yankees signed Brian McCann, they envisioned him in being their No. 1 catcher. However, McCann regressed over the course of the season and eventually lost his starting job to young Gary Sanchez. While McCann didn’t complain about Sanchez taking over, he understood that his poor offense was a contributing cause. Overall, McCann hit .242/.355/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI’s, driving in 36 less runs than a year prior.
Let’s break down McCann’s season month by month:
April: McCann had 65 at-bats in April, and hit three homers and 7 RBI’s in that span. He did get on base but the disappointing part is he struck out 21 times. For the month of April, McCann hit .262/.351/.415.
May: Power wise, May was a better month for McCann, as he hit four homers and drove in 14 runs. However, he only had 16 hits in 79 at-bats, which dipped his average. For the month of May, McCann hit .203/.300/.405.
June: McCann had less at-bats in the month of June, but he tried to make the most of them by hitting five homers and driving in 13 runs. For the month of June, McCann hit .231/.351/.492.
July: While McCann notched more singles in July, his power numbers were significantly down. He hit three home runs and drove in eight. For the month of July, McCann hit .254/.349/.408.
August: McCann logged in the most at-bats in the month of August, but he continued to suffer from a power outage, only hitting one home run while driving in nine runs. It was around this time the Yankees would bring up catcher Gary Sanchez, and McCann’s playing time behind the plate would take a hit. For the month of August, McCann hit .238/.319/.300.
September: McCann no longer found himself behind the plate, but he was the Yankees everyday DH for the month of September. McCann continued to try to find his power stroke hitting three home runs while driving in six. For the month of September, McCann hit .266/.347/.438.
October: McCann had two hits in five at-bats. He also homered and drove in a run. For the month of October, McCann hit .400/.400/1.000.
The Verdict: Was Brian McCann terrible? No. But he was a major disappointment behind the plate. Not only was McCann a disappointment, but he unfortunately became expendable when the Yankees announced they weren’t going to enter Spring Training with three catchers. Was 2016 the last season of Brian McCann in pinstripes?
So what would be Brian McCann’s final grade?
FINAL GRADE: C-
Tomorrow: We’ll grade Austin Romine, who did a decent job for the Yankees at the backup catching position.