James McCann will be the Sox backup catcher this season. While some Sox fans wanted the franchise to go after Yasmani Grandal or even Martin Maldonado, the Sox signed McCann this past offseason to help prevent base stealers. McCann wasn’t signed because of his offense but he’s swinging a hot bat during Spring Training.
Through 18 at-bats, McCann is hitting .389 this Spring with one home run. McCann’s lone home run of the Spring came on Saturday in the Sox 12-2 win over the Texas Rangers. McCann has been one of the better offensive producers for the Sox during Spring Training.
Last season, McCann hit just .220 with eight home runs through 118 games with the Detroit Tigers. McCann won’t be relied upon to be an offensive threat for the Sox this season, but if he can have a much better showing at the plate, it would help whenever he’s in the lineup.
McCann’s current good performances this Spring is a positive step in the right direction for the young catcher. Starting the season with good momentum from Spring Training could likely help McCann who hasn’t finished a season with a batting average higher than .253 since 2015 when he finished with a .264/.297/.387 slash line.