This past offseason, the New York Yankees went out and made some free agent deals they felt worked best for the team. In need of some speed and outfield defense, they went out and signed Jacoby Ellsbury while also bringing in veteran leadership and the offense of both Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann. All of these players were brought in to help the Yankees make sure they do not miss the playoffs for the third time in 20 years.
McCann has lived up to the expectations and went above and beyond what was expected of him. First off, fans cannot and should not expect him to be a .300 hitter. He has only done that twice in his career with the last time coming in 2008, the only year he has ever had more than 150 hits in a season. However, expect the Yankees and him to work with his bat as the weather gets nicer. It sure is nice to have that short porch in right field for the next five years, which is something he never had the luxury of having when he was playing with the Atlanta Braves. His hitting has been consistent with him hitting at least 2o home runs, and fans could come to expect more out of him as he tends to pull the ball.
Early on McCann has shown game leadership. He keeps the pitching staff in check, and when he is not on cue with a pitcher, he will take a timeout and discuss the game plan. It does not matter how prominent the pitcher’s name is on the mound; McCann makes sure the battery mates are both on the same page. His offense will come around, and the Yankees will win a lot of games because of him controlling the tempo.