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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%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.