Before 2017 even started, it was determined that James McCann would be the starting catcher and Alex Avila would back him up, but with a slow start from Mac, Avila became starter. Both guys were decent behind the dish, but Alex had explosive offensive numbers. His average was above .300 for most of his time in Detroit and he hit more HRs than he had in the last two seasons combined just as a. Tiger. McCann had awful numbers to begin which gave Alex the starting role, but when he was traded to the Cubs, James upped his game and went on an offensive tangent. John Hicks also came up clutch with a hot stick. Both guys contributed once Avila was gone and proved they were worthy of the job. Bryan Holaday was also fhe Tigers September catching call-up. He did okay, nothing too special. Overall, the catchers for the Tigers did pretty well this year, although some people may not be able to see it.
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