D.J. Short breaks down how James McCann has turned his career around as a hitter and why he should be considered a top-10 fantasy catcher.
DJ SHORT: After putting up middling numbers at the plate in the early part of his career with the Tigers, James McCann turned his career around with the White Sox over the past two seasons, amassing 25 home runs and an 808 OPS over 149 games. Now, he'll get the chance to be a primary catcher after signing a four year, $40.6 million contract with the Mets over the winter.
McCann's evolution as a hitter appears to be legitimate, as he's made mechanical adjustments with his stance. He's also spoken about not trying to get into the trap of comparing himself to the players around him, as he did with the sluggers in the Tigers lineup in the early part of his career. In turn, McCann has seen an legitimate uptick in terms of quality of contact over the past two seasons. The Mets lineup has a chance to be a very good one and a very deep one, so McCann deserves top 10 catcher status in mixed fantasy leagues.