Scouting Video: C Brian McCann

Our latest Scouting Video features footage of Catcher <B>Brian McCann</B>. McCann, 19, was a prep choice in the 2002 draft, straight out of Georgia and close friends with fellow Georgian Jeff Francoeur. Both are now teamed up with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans this season where McCann is off to a good start, hitting .286 in 10 games.

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Another prep choice in the 2002 draft, this second round choice was straight out of Georgia and good friends with fellow Georgian Jeff Francoeur. Unlike Francoeur, the now 19-year old catcher struggled in his first professional year. Batting a 0.220 / 0.295 / 0.330 line in 2002 at the Low-Rookie level, the Braves felt secure enough in his abilities to make McCann Rome's primary starting catcher despite his poor first effort. In retrospect, it was a wise decision indeed, as McCann would respond to the increased pressure with a sensational sophomore season.

Hitting at a much higher 0.290 in 2003, the young catcher would split time between catching and being the designated hitter. His power was excellent, shown by his 0.462 slugging percentage, 37.40 %XBH and 0.172-isolated power number. Second on the team to Francoeur in home runs with twelve (Jeff hit fourteen), McCann was third in the SAL in doubles with thirty-one and gives the Braves a serious, power-hitting prospect at a position that was once a system weakness. Just like his colleague Francoeur, however, McCann would struggle with plate discipline – to an even greater degree, no less. While he hit close to 0.300, McCann could only reach base at a 0.329 frequency, leading to an isolated on-base percentage that was very low at 0.039. Walking only once every 17.67 at-bats, he also struck out a very large number of times, seventy-two times in 424 at-bats (equating to a 5.81 AB/K ratio). Unfortunately, unlike Francoeur, McCann did not exhibit a concerted improvement throughout the season. Peaking in mid-July, McCann was hitting 0.298 / 0.345 / 0.506 with a 14.7 at-bat per walk ratio; McCann would taper off as the season wound down, though. This is an area the left-handed hitter must improve in to be a serious offensive prospect, but this was McCann's first full season, so there is much time to make the adjustments. Progressing with friend and fellow prospect Jeff Francoeur will certainly also aid him, as there will no doubt be amiable competition not to mention base-on-ball encouragement from that source. With better plate discipline, McCann could be one of the best hitting up-and-coming catchers in baseball; thus, 2004 in Myrtle Beach will be a huge season for McCann as well.

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