Given the nature of baseball, almost every team will have at least one player who performs well below expectations. For the 2012 Braves, that player was Brian McCann. For the first time in his 7 full seasons, McCann did not make the All Star Team; what's more, he posted career-worst marks in all 3 triple-slash stats, finishing at just .230 / .300 / .399. While McCann's hitting stats were well off his career averages of .279 / .351 / .475, they actually weren't all that bad by catcher standards. MLB catchers as a whole averaged .248 / .318 / .400, so McCann was just a few bloop hits away from average. By FanGraphs' version of Wins Above Replacement (fWAR), McCann (2.0 fWAR) ranked in the middle of the pack, right alongside guys like Russell Martin (2.2 fWAR), Mike Napoli (2.0 fWAR), and Wilin Rosario (1.8 fWAR). That's not the elite company McCann is used to, but it's certainly not embarrassing.
2012 Braves Player Review: Brian McCann
Talking Chop | Oct 15