Anyone who remembers the run that the Atlanta Braves had one season ago will remember the contributions of Evan Gattis. He was such a good option off of the bench that he actually found his way into more games than was planned. He was so good however that playing him was a problem because it removed the best bench home run threat in the process. This season, with Gattis tasked to everyday catching duties, the Braves have found another big bat for the bench in Ryan Doumit.
This trade might have seemed odd to both sides at the time. The Braves had catching options and everyone assumed that they would go with Gattis for the top job and the Minnesota Twins needed catching. In the end it has worked out very well for the Braves however as they were clearly trying to find a replacement for the third bat, catching, outfield, bench slugger that Gattis was last season. In effect they might have found an even better all around option.
For now Gattis looks to have been a bigger home run threat off of the bench but Doumit is just getting going in that role. Expect more late inning home runs and doubles from him in the future. He plays a solid outfield with limited range when he is needed out there and can catch well. Heck, he even looks a good bit like Gattis.
When you think of the fact that he is a switch hitting home run threat off of the bench, it becomes clear. The Braves had to find someone to be this season’s Gattis and they went out and did just that in trading for Doumit. Chances are good that this will pay dividends throughout the remainder of the season.