(Courtesy of Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News)
3 G, 5 AB, .600/.714/1.400, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
That's Brian McCann's stat line through his first handful of Spring Training games. Needless to say, he's been everything he was advertised to be and already looks like the next in line to step up and assume the on-field and in-clubhouse leadership role once Derek Jeter retires after the season.
Yes, ST stats are basically meaningless when it comes to veteran players like McCann and I'm certainly not trying to imply that this 7-PA sample size is indicative of what type of production we should expect once April 1st comes around. But it's incredibly refreshing to see big production coming from the catcher position after what the Yankees went through there last year. They brought McCann in to be one of the new anchors of the club and he's getting off to a great start in that regard. He's crushing at the plate, he's looked good behind the plate, he's quickly building a strong rapport with the pitching staff, and he's erasing last season's memories of TCS.