Georgia Tech slugger Kyle McCann (Georgia Tech Athletics)


Golden Spikes Spotlight: Georgia Tech’s Kyle McCann

Golden Spikes Spotlight

Most elite sluggers have that signature moment that everybody else remembers — perhaps a ball that was hit so hard that people are still talking about it months later. For Georgia Tech junior catcher Kyle McCann, that moment came on Feb. 22 against UCLA, when he smashed a walk-off home run in the 11th inning.

“He hit it high up on our batter’s eye in center field, and as soon as he hit it you’re like, ‘OK, game’s over. Home run,’” recalled Georgia Tech coach Danny Hall. “That one for me stood out.”

Of course, McCann has had quite a few standout moments this spring. He started the season on an incredible power binge, launching 10 home runs in Georgia Tech’s first 14 games, including seven homers in the first nine days of March. That stretch was capped by a monstrous go-ahead homer in the 10th inning at Miami on March 9.

His long ball production has flattened out a bit since, as pitchers have worked him very carefully, but he’s still hitting a robust .346/.507/.779 with 12 homers and 37 RBIs through 104 at-bats. McCann has always shown a patient approach — he drew 70 walks over his first two seasons, though he also struck out 96 times. This year his plate discipline has reached another level, as he has 32 walks and just 32 strikeouts.

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