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NL East Update: The one where McCann is the man

Talking Chop previews Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann.

McCann has quietly established himself as one of the top catchers in the National League with his clutch hitting and excellent fielding. He has also earned the right of being considered one of the leaders of the team, joining Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson in this distinguished group. His resume is impressive after just six years in the big leagues having made five All-Star appearances, including one All-Star Game MVP, and four Silver Slugger awards. He certainly doesn’t hold the same power numbers as former catcher Mike Piazza, but the awards and accomplishments are sure to draw some comparisons with him and other catching greats.

Fans of the Florida Marlins are getting impatient, Chris Volstad is no longer a top prospect, its time for him to produce.

This is a critical season for Volstad in terms of production. He hasn’t shown any signs of becoming a dominant force in the league and his strikeout rate is lower than the average without showing any signs of improvements. Obviously it is way too early to label Volstad as a “disappointment” because he is only 24-years old, but if he does not show improvements early in the year he could find himself in the minors trying to fight his way back to the fifth spot in the rotation.

Mets Blog takes a look at R.A. Dickey’s first spring outing and the future of Nick Evans.

Unfortunately this article is probably right in that Evans will not make the team out of Spring Training. In his three or so years with the Mets he has not had a fair chance of proving himself due to inconvenient circumstances. Its a shame because I think he could be useful for a team like the Mets, its just bad timing. It would be in Nick’s best interest if he signed on with another team, hopefully Sandy Alderson will recognize this.

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown has had a rough opening to his Spring Training. Is the pressure getting to him?

Sure its early, but you have to be a little concerned about Brown’s performance thus far. The fact that he is tinkering his swing could be for the worst if he over analyzes it too much. In my eyes, it is his spot to lose as far as making the Phillies out of camp this year and it would be a huge disappointment if a poor Spring caused him to start the season in the minors.

The Washington Nationals have come to terms with 18 players for their 2011 contracts.

Not a lot of news coming out of Nationals camp other than this recent press release. Good to hear they are getting all of the messy logistics out of the way. 

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