Brian McCann‘s struggles at the plate are well-documented and represent a real problem for the offensively-starved Yankees.
Yet you cannot ignore the fact that he’s quietly putting together one of the best defensive seasons among catchers this season, and the success of the Yankees pitching staff owes a great deal of credit to the work by McCann behind the plate.
Thanks to the terrific research by Baseball Prospectus’ Dan Brooks and Harry Pavlidis, we can now quantify the impact of catcher pitch framing and blocking. This is measured in both raw numbers (extra strikes gained and passed balls/wild pitches prevented), along with runs saved via framing and blocking.
According to this method, McCann has been the best defensive catcher in terms of framing pitches this season, with 11.3 framing runs saved. He has gained 73.5 extra strikes when behind the plate, second only to Miguel Montero among all catchers.…