There have been whispers since before the end of last season that the 2013 season would be Brian McCann’s last in an Atlanta Braves uniform. Because of that some were more than willing to embrace Evan Gattis as the new catcher while McCann was gone. That couldn’t be farther from the best thing for the Braves this year. McCann is a world class catcher on both offense and defense. The Braves absolutely needed him early this year and they will need him all year long. He is already showing how important his presence on the team is while having been back for only four games.
No disrespect to Gattis because he has had a great start and cemented his name in the future of the Braves franchise. By that I mean if he isn’t traded at some point then he certainly will contribute on some level this year and in the future. But the starting catcher is back and he is back in a big way. Through the four games he has been back, he already has 2 homers and 7 RBI with a .313 average. Those stats include going 0 – 4 in the first game back against the Cincinnati Reds.
His stats in just a few games are enough to place him in or near the top ten in a few offensive categories for the team. Make no mistake, McCann is the real deal still this season. He is healthier than he has been in years and it shows already. There is no doubt that Gattis will continue to contribute in some way but McCann is a welcome presence in that line-up and behind the plate. They missed him severely, we just didn’t know how much until he got back.