FAYETTEVILLE– Arkansas junior catcher James McCann has been named a third team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American, as announced by Collegiate Baseball on Friday morning.
“James is obviously very deserving of this preseason accolade,” Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn said. “James has been named one of our captains for the 2011 season and he brings a lot to the table as a leader. He’s one of the best catchers that I’ve worked with in my 25 years of coaching.”
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., McCann hit .286 during the 2010 season with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 59 games played, including 58 starts. McCann was nearly flawless in the field, committing just three errors on the season for a .994 fielding percentage. A member of the 2010 Southeastern Conference Baseball Community Service Team, McCann also handled a pitching staff that finished the season with a 3.93 ERA, the best mark for an Arkansas pitching staff since the 2006 season. The Razorback hurlers finished the year with the third-best ERA in the SEC.
Over his first two seasons in Fayetteville, McCann has hit .270 with 10 round-trippers and 45 RBIs. McCann has a career on-base percentage of .341, while posting a .393 slugging percentage. Defensively, McCann has committed just five errors in 108 career games, with 93 starts.