James McCann, Catcher, Detroit Tigers, #34
Date of Birth: 6/13/1990
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California
College: University of Arkansas
Current Salary: $507,500
James McCann, catcher for the Detroit Tigers, was first drafted in 2008 by the Chicago White Sox but he opted instead to go to the University of Arkansas. Three years later, he signed with the Tigers when they drafted him. He played in the Tigers' minor league system from 2011 through most of 2014. He finished with a 2.66 batting average, 342 hits, 88 doubles, 154 RBIs, and 261 strikeouts to 76 walks in 351 games. Defensively, as a catcher, he made 183 assists, 2,077 putouts, and 22 errors in 321 games. He caught players trying to steal 40% of the time and he had a .990 fielding percentage.
McCann joined the Tigers for nine games in 2014. He had his first major league home run, an inside-the-park one, on April 29, 2015. His second home run on May 21st and his third home run on June 28th were walk-off home runs. He finished the 2015 season with 106 hits, 18 doubles, 41 RBIs, and a .264 batting average in 114 games. As a catcher, he made 54 assists, 723 putouts, and no errors in 112 games. He caught players trying to steal 40.6% of the time and his 1.000 fielding percentage was the highest for all major league catchers.
In 2016, McCann batted .221 in 105 games with the Tigers. He had 76 hits and 48 RBIs. Defensively, as the Tigers' catcher in 99 games, he made 44 assists, 756 putouts, and 4 errors. He had a .995 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal 45% of the time.