The best catcher in the league deserves the best backup in the league. Ross had an odd season. Normally, his offensive contributions come largely via power, but he hit only two home runs, the first of which didn’t come until August. However, he hit a career-high .289 and drew 20 walks in just 145 PA to post a .392 OBP, and with 13 doubles and 2 triples wasn’t just a punch-and-judy hitter either, slugging .479. The Braves signed him to an extension during the year to keep the combo intact.
Bobby used Ross in sort of a demi-platoon role, trying to spot his starts against lefties (86 PA against them, only 59 against normal people). He hit for a higher average and with more power against lefties, but with many fewer walks. Ross throws better than McCann, or has traditionally (there was no real difference in 2010) and it might be best to team him with Tommy Hanson on a regular basis in an effort to control the running game… Faster than McCann, and pinch-ran for him a few times, but lacks McCann’s headiness as a baserunner.