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34 James McCann C
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 6/13/1990 | Birthplace: Santa Barbara, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 15/12 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Tigers C James McCann launches walk-off home run Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann played hero on Thursday, as he delivered a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, as Detroit downed the Astros 6-5. The home run was his second of the season and his career.

"To be able to put a 'W' on the board, and be able to jog, is a lot nicer than having to sprint," McCann said, per MLB.com.

McCann has been getting the bulk of the playing time behind the plate with regular catcher Alex Avila on the disabled list.

McCann has been hitting well lately, as he's 9 for 25 over his last eight games. 


Tigers C Bryan Holaday has career-day on Thursday vs. Twins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Playing in his first game of the season, Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday had quite the afternoon against the Twins on Thursday. Holaday, who was recalled over the weekend when Alex Avila went on the disabled list, recorded a career-high three RBI as he went 3 for 5 on the afternoon.

Holaday hit the second home run of his career, a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

"When I hit it, it was about as good as I could," Holaday said, per MLive.com. "Then I saw (Eduardo) Escobar go back to the wall and I thought he was going to catch it. So I was happy when I saw it go over."

He will likely return to the bench on Friday, as James McCann has been the regular catcher since Avila's injury.


Tigers catcher James McCann ready for new role as starter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann is ready to take over as the starter behind the plate and utilize information from injured Alex Avila, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"He has so much information that you only get from working with each individual pitcher," McCann said. "He's worked with (Justin) Verlander for years. He's worked with (David) Price for all last half season. He has information on each of those guys that no one has unless you've actually caught them like he has. So he's been able to help me out with a lot of those nuances. And just game-calling and just understanding different situations and controlling the running game, everything that goes into being a catcher."

Manager Brad Ausmus said McCann has an important role with pitching coach Jeff Jones to help organize all batter information and relaying it to pitchers.

"You don't want to turn it into white noise," Ausmus said. "There's kind of a trickle down effect, what Jonesy has, what the catcher gets and what he gives the pitcher."

McCann is hitting .313 with five RBI in 48 at-bats this season.

"It's probably a little sooner than I would have wanted him to face a bunch of righties, but it's kind of been necessitated at this point," McCann said. "I think he's up to the task. To me, he's a mentally strong kid."


Tigers' James McCann to see regular action at catcher


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that catcher James McCann will see the bulk of the starts behind the plate in the wake of the injury to Alex Avila, the Detroit Free Press reports.

McCann has served as the team's starter at catcher against left-handed pitchers but will now see regular action against righties with Avila sidelined. McCann has hit .295/.311/.432 with one home run and five RBI in 44 at-bats this season but has posted a .600 OPS against righties while delivering a .929 OPS against lefties.


Alex Avila scratched from Tigers' lineup for James McCann


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2015) The Tigers made a late change to their lineup for Friday's game. Alex Avila was scratched from the lineup, and James McCann will take his place at catcher, per MLive

Avila suffered a right forearm contusion in the eighth inning of Thursday's game, which will keep him out of the lineup, the team announced


Tigers' Anthony Gose, Alex Avila held out of lineup on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose and catcher Alex Avila were not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox. 

Gose had started three straight games for manager Brad Ausmus, and had a nice game on Tuesday. He will get a breather while Rajai Davis leads off and plays center field.

As expected, Avila will sit with lefty Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox. Avila has just one hit in 11 at-bats against lefties this season. He was replaced in the lineup by James McCann


Tigers C James McCann slugs inside-the-park homer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann is certainly no speed demon, but he did something Wednesday that many burners on the bases have never done. He hit an inside-the-park home run.

"I've never run that far in a baseball game before," McCann said.

McCann blasted one that got away in deep right-center in Minnesota and he circled the bases to drive in two runs and tie a game his team eventually won. It capped a fine game for McCann, who had already doubled in a run. He later singled.

The 24 year old had not been tearing it up at the plate, but the three-hit game gives him five in his last nine at-bats and raises his average to .258.


Tigers' James McCann starts third straight game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann is making his third straight start behind the plate Monday against the Yankees.

Alex Avila started seven of the team's first eight games at catcher, but he's been limited to pinch-hit and defensive-sub duty in recent days as the Tigers have faced three straight lefty starters. He's hit .182/.400/.318 in 22 at-bats.

McCann is starting behind the plate for the fifth time this season, all against left-handed opposing pitchers. He's 2 for 8 against lefties and 1 for 11 against righties this season.

The Tigers are favorites (-118) against the Yankees Monday.


Tigers' James McCann breaks slump with rare triple


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann was hitless in his last 13 at bats, entering Sunday's game. 

He broke the slump in a big way, hitting his first triple since July 28, 2013, when he was with Double-A Erie. 

"To be honest, when I was getting close to second I was a little surprised I could keep running," McCann said, per MLive. "I almost missed second. But I'm just glad I could hit the ball hard a few times today and help get our team a W."

McCann said it was just the third triple he's hit since college, counting one he hit in the Dominican Winter League in November, 2013. 

Manager Brad Ausmus was impressed with McCann's swing.

"I think we're seeing that James McCann is a strong human," he said. "Although he didn't hit for a lot of power in the minors, it wouldn't shock me if a few years down the road he was hitting for more power."


Tigers' Castellanos in lineup, Avila misses second straight start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos is back in the starting lineup after serving as a pinch-hitter Saturday, while catcher Alex Avila is not in the starting lineup for a second straight day.

Castellanos managed an RBI single in his only at-bat Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games. He has hit .282/.341/.462 with one home run and four RBI in 39 at-bats.

Avila entered Saturday's blowout loss in the seventh inning to play three innings at first base, just his second career appearance at the position. He has hit .190/.414/.333 in 21 at-bats. James McCann, who is 2 for 15 after going hitless in four at-bats Saturday, is behind the plate for a second straight game.

The Tigers are favorites (-135) against the White Sox Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers' Victor Martinez in lineup Sunday, Alex Avila not starting


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Indians.

Martinez left Saturday's game in the seventh inning after feeling a pinch in his kneecap. However, he is able to fill his regular role for the Tigers and will bat cleanup behind Miguel Cabrera.

Catcher Alex Avila is not in Sunday's lineup; James McCann will get the start behind the plate.

The Tigers are underdogs (+100) against the Indians Sunday.


Ausmus: James McCann will start over Alex Avila vs. most LHPs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann will get the start over Alex Avila against the majority of left-handers this season, manager Brad Ausmus told reporters on Wednesday, per the Detroit Free Press.

Avila is a career .215 hitter against left-handed hitters. McCann slashed .280/.353/.414 against left-handers in the minors, and has only 12 career at-bats in the majors.


Tigers option Holaday to Triple-A, McCann wins backup catcher job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Tigers announced Monday catcher Bryan Holaday was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. His demotion means James McCann will start the season as the primary backup to starting catcher Alex Avila, per MLB.com.

Tigers' Ausmus: James McCann can be very good major-league catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Tigers catcher James McCann, who is vying for a spot on the roster as a backup to Alex Avila, allowed a passed ball during Thursday's spring game against the Braves. After the game, McCann was very critical of his play and vowed to make sure no more pitches skip by him. 

McCann's relentless work ethic is one trait that manager Brad Aumus likes about the 24-year-old catcher.

"I don't have to worry about him working," Ausmus said Thursday, per the Detroit Free Press. "I think Mac does an excellent job. He is very alert. His head is into the game at all times. He understands that his value is greater on the defensive side of the game than it is when he is standing in the batter's box. That's not to say he doesn't take his hitting seriously.

"I think he has a chance to be a very good major-league catcher. I'm more concerned about how he handles a staff, how he calls a game, how he blocks balls in the dirt (than his ability to throw out runners)."


Tigers GM: James McCann can be everyday starter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday he has all the faith in the world catcher James McCann can be a starter in the majors.

"He's a guy we look forward to being an everyday starter at the major league level," Dombrowski said. 

McCann appeared in nine games for Detroit in 2014, hitting .250 in 12 at-bats with two runs scored. McCann is currently the third catcher on the Tigers' roster, behind Alex Avila and Bryan Holaday.


Tigers' Avila could lose some playing time to James McCann in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has indicated catcher Alex Avila could see a lighter workload behind the plate in 2015, which means more work for rookie James McCann. Avila was behind the plate for 122 games in 2014.

"It's certainly open at this point," Ausmus said, per The Detroit News. "Clearly Alex has shown he has the ability to be an everyday catcher. He works well with the pitchers, they trust him. But I also think a guy like McCann has a very bright future. I like the way he catches."

Ausmus added Avila has no health limitations after enduring several concussions last season.

"A decision on who's No. 1 or No. 2 won't be made until spring training, or even if there is a No. 1 and a No. 2," Ausmus said. "Maybe there will be a split. I can't give you a full answer. All I can say is Alex is an established big-league catcher and I really like McCann. And (Bryan) Holaday did a really nice job as a backup last season. But a decision won't be made until March."


Report: C Alex Avila to remain starter for Tigers in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) The Tigers plan to maintain Alex Avila as their starting catcher next season despite his issues with concussions and declining production since his peak season of 2011, but they will likely allow Avila to walk in free agency after the year in favor of promising James McCann, per the Detroit News.

Avila finished 2014 with a meager stat line of .218/.327/.359. His 61 walks in 390 at-bats and continued strength behind the plate were two pluses.


James McCann joins Tigers


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2014) The Tigers called up catcher James McCann from Triple-A Toledo Monday, upon the expansion of the active roster.

McCann, 24, hit .295/.343/.427 in 109 games at Toledo prior to making his major-league debut late in a 12-1 win over the Indians Monday. 


Tigers option four, re-assign four Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Tigers optioned pitchers Casey Crosby and Melvin Mercedes to Triple-A Toledo and pitcher Jose Valdez and catcher Ramon Cabrera to Double-A Erie Wednesday.

The team also re-assigned catcher James McCann and pitchers Robbie Ray, Duane Below and Drew VerHagen to minor-league camp Wednesday.


James McCann added to Futures roster


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Tigers catching prospect James McCann, playing at Double-A Erie, replaced Chicago catcher Josh Phegley, who hit his first career homer Sunday, on the roster for Team USA in the Futures Game, MLB.com reports. 

McCann was Detroit's top pick two years ago in the First-Year Player Draft. McCann struggled hitting in his first pro season but is batting .288 with 15 doubles, three homers and 36 RBI this season. Manager Jim Leyland said he's defensively good enough to play in the majors.


McCann cut by Tigers


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2012) The Tigers sent catching prospect James McCann to minor league camp on Monday, reports MLB.com. McCann is just 21 years of age.