After Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis was named the National League’s Rookie of the Month for April, some people may have assumed it was just a little beginner’s luck and that the 26-year-old would soon cool off.
That doesn’t seem to be the case.
On Monday, Gattis was named the NL Rookie of the Month for May after clubbing six home runs — tied for the most in Major League Baseball — and knocking in a rookie-best 16 runs while batting .317.
As for the last first-year player to earn the honors two months in a row, it was Braves right fielder Jason Heyward who turned the trick over the first two months of the 2010 season.
Getting back to Gattis, in six at-bats as a pinch-hitter during the month, he had four hits, including three homers. Despite the return of fellow backstop Brian McCann, he filled in behind the plate at times while serving as the club’s left fielder and designated hitter at other times.
On a related note, some neat information came across the wire prior to the Braves hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.
“I know probably 50-60 percent Spanish at some point, playing in Venezuela for two years,” Pirates reliever Ryan Reid told Eric Single of MLB.com. “I was talking with a taxi driver, we were heading back from the field, and somehow, ‘Oso blanco’ came up — white bear, polar bear, oso polar — and sure enough, it stuck. Me and some of the other Americans got it going with the Latinos, and it took off.”
Took off just like his big league career.