Updated 2014 Fantasy Catcher Rankings: Brian McCann Moves to the top spot

Daniel Shirey

With Brian McCann signing with the Yankees, he now moves into the top spot in my early 2014 catcher rankings. Here are my reasons.

I published some of my thoughts about Brian McCann signing with the Yankees on Sunday, and today, I publish my updated 2014 fantasy catcher rankings. I moved McCann to the top spot in my catcher rankings mainly due to the fact that moving to Yankee Stadium with the short porch in right field, gives him the possibility of approaching, or even exceeding, 30 home runs in 2014.

Not only is McCann moving to Yankee Stadium, but he moving to the American League affords him the chance to DH about 15-20 games per season, which keeps his power bat in the lineup and allows him to rest at the same time. We could see him play 140+ game for the first time since 2010 next season.

Look, I was not happy when McCann decided he was the unwritten rule police, and I wrote about that on these pages last summer, but when a left handed power hitting catcher moves to a hitters park that benefits lefty power hitters, you have to stop and take notice.

Here is a comparison of the dimensions of Yankee Stadium and Turner Field:

Let's focus on the difference in the dimensions in right field between McCann's old home ball park, Turner Field, and his new home ball park, Yankee Stadium. That is a huge difference.

Characteristic

Yankee Stadium

Turner Field

Distance from Home Plate to:

Left Field

318 feet 0 inches (97 m)

335 feet 0 inches (100 m)

Left Center

382 feet 0 inches (116 m)

380 feet 0 inches (120 m)

Center Field

408 feet 0 inches (124 m)

401 feet 0 inches (120 m)

Right Center

360 feet 0 inches (110 m)

390 feet 0 inches (120 m)

Right Field

314 feet 0 inches (96 m)

330 feet 0 inches (100 m)

Here is a look at all of the fly balls McCann hit in 2013. Notice where most of his home runs landed. Also notice how many died on, or just in front of, the warning track. Yeah, if they were hit in Yankee Stadium, he would have touched all four bases. And this chart is based on just 102 games he played last season, so the home run total should increase with the move to Yankee Stadium.

Editing Note: I've added a spray chart of McCann's fly ball data from Turner Field in 2013, overlaid onto Yankee Stadium. - Jason

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Source: Katron BIP Location Maps

Below is the McCann spray chart for all fly balls he hit in 2012 vs 2013. Let me know if you can't see it.

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Let's take a look at my updated 2014 fantasy catcher rankings:

Rank

Name

Team

1

Brian McCann

Yankees

2

Buster Posey

Giants

3

Wilin Rosario

Rockies

4

Carlos Santana

Indians

5

Joe Mauer

Twins

6

Yadier Molina

Cardinals

7

Salvador Perez

Royals

8

Jonathan Lucroy

Brewers

9

Matt Wieters

Orioles

10

Evan Gattis

Braves

11

Wilson Ramos

Nationals

12

Jason Castro

Astros

13

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Red Sox

14

A.J. Pierzynski

Rangers

15

Devin Mesoraco

Reds

16

Ryan Doumit

Twins

17

A.J. Ellis

Dodgers

18

Miguel Montero

Diamondbacks

19

Russell Martin

Pirates

20

J.P. Arencibia

Blue Jays

So, am I too high on McCann for 2014? Vote in the poll below or let us hear your thoughts in the comments.

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