The Atlanta Braves have brought back fan favorite Brian McCann. Hopeful that Brian will be able to have a bounce-back season. What should the Braves expect from McCann in 2019?
Brian McCann is once again the Atlanta Braves starting catcher, though an aging one. His experience and leadership will be invaluable to a young roster. There will be questions about his offense, however, and if he can bounce back.
Last season McCann battled injuries and finished the season hitting .212. It was his first season in 12-years he didn’t reach 18+ homers. He typically hits 20-homers and drives in 60-70 runs. The Braves have to hope Brian can bounce back to these numbers joining his hometown club.
Even if he were to struggle at the plate the Braves have enough offense to hide him and could continue to be a productive lineup. Realistically the Braves should expect McCann to bounce back but only to an extent.
He is an aging catcher with a lot of innings on his knees. Brian should be in the range of a .230-250 hitter with upwards of 15-homers. This would be a very productive season for a clubhouse leader.
While it may seem like lax production factoring in his experience and ability to guide young pitchers he is well worth a roster spot.
McCann will likely be the opening day catcher but receive plenty of off days in an effort to keep him healthy.
McCann won a World Series with the Houston Astros giving this Braves roster a player who has experienced postseason success. Something Atlanta hasn’t been familiar with in a very long time.
The Braves will kick off their Spring Training schedule this weekend as we close in on a month of Opening Day. Both Brian McCann and baseball are finally back in Atlanta two facts that have Braves fans smiling.