The best thing about the Major League Baseball season beginning is the fresh start. There is a newness that is very attractive to the human psyche. It leads to great times and even better stories. Baseball is a business but sometimes the game rears its head through the free-flowing cash that falls from owners everywhere. That’s when we get the very best of the game as spring begins to turn into a season. Players expected to sit out or not make a team for one reason or another, just refuse to be ignored. For example: Evan Gattis of the Atlanta Braves.
Throughout the winter league season and even last year in the minor leagues, Gattis’ bat has been turning heads. Unfortunately the heads that turned also saw subpar defensive skills. That leads to a longer road to the majors at the best case scenario. From the beginning of Spring Training it has been evident that Gattis does not intend to remain in the minor leagues for defensive reasons. Though he still lets his bat do the talking.
From the first pitch he saw, there has been a thunderous cracking of his bat. His offense is still improving over the spring. He now has a .438 average with two homers and ten RBI. Simply put, his ability with the bat is absolutely something that cannot be ignored. He isn’t stopping there however. Gattis has worked also at his defense. Behind the plate at the catcher position, he is fair to above average. Also he has worked in left field some and that is turning out to be okay as well.
He might not be a gold glove winning outfielder or catcher but Gattis’ potential value to the Braves team is being looked at very hard by Fredi Gonzalez and staff. Easily he should make the team out of spring training until Brian McCann returns. After that, there may be no reason left to send him down. As he continues to crush the ball and improve his skills, Gattis’ story continues to unfold. As it turns out there is a lot more to Gattis than a big bat.