Owls Post 14-Hit Attack; John Simms Strikes Out Six In 8.1 Innings
Wayne Graham said -"Kevin seemed to make a good jump in the fall with the addition of a solid slider to his repertoire. His control improved, and he has a chance to be a weekend starter."
At Rice - 2013: Pitched in 16 games with five starting assignments as a true freshman... Finished fifth on the staff in starts, fourth in relief appearances (11) and third in games finished (5)... Was sixth in innings (40) and seventh in both wins (3) and strikeouts (18)... Held all opposing hitters to a composite .216 batting average, the third-best mark on the staff for Owls with at least 20 innings... Fired a career-long 7.0 shutout innings while allowing just one hit and two walks at home against Harvard in the second start of his collegiate career... Earned a win pitching 6.0 innings in a road start at future Conference USA foe La Tech... Allowed two runs on seven hits while matching a career-high five strikeouts against the Bulldogs... Fanned five in 4.2 innings of relief work in the finale of the FIU series... Winning pitcher in 2.1 shutout relief innings at Lamar... Made collegiate debut with 1.2 shutout innings against Dallas Baptist (Feb. 19), and was tabbed for first start five days later on the road at Hawaii... Statistics in 11 relief outings were slightly sharper than in starts, including a 3.32 ERA and .156 opponents' batting average.
High School - A 2012 graduate of The Woodlands High School, just north of Houston... Selected in the 22nd round of the major league draft by the San Diego Padres after an outstanding prep career... First team all-state pitcher by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association (THSBCA)... Montgomery County Pitcher of the Year and District 14-5A co-MVP as a senior in 2012... Went 9-1 on the mound with a 1.19 ERA and 93 strikeouts to help lead the Highlanders to the district championship... Two-year letterman and starter for coach Ron Eastman... Had a 3-0 record and 1.97 ERA as a junior, and also contributed as a left-handed hitter... Was selected to the Houston Area Baseball Coaches Junior All-Star Team in 2011... Member of Team Texas in the Junior Sunbelt Classic played in McAlester, Okla.... Joined fellow Owl signees Leon Byrd, Hunter Kopycinski and Beau Rathjen as teammates at the 2011 Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.
Personal - Full name: Kevin Patrick McCanna... Born: February 1, 1994, in Joliet, Ill.... Parents: Patrick and Carey McCanna of The Woodlands (two brothers)... Father was a baseball letterman at Central Michigan University... College: Will Rice