Evan Gattis Separating Himself from Brian McCann Legacy in First Full Season
Many fans of the Atlanta Braves were understandably upset that long-time catcher Brian McCann moved on in free agency. The fact that he went to the New York Yankees just made it worse. After the first few months of the 2014 season however, Evan Gattis is helping everyone move on. He is already distancing himself from the legacy of McCann. In fact, it appears that the Braves might be in even better hands with Gattis behind the plate.
In all of the great all-star seasons with the Braves, McCann stuck solidly around twenty something home runs and 70 to 90 RBI on average. This season, Gattis is on pace for nearly 30 home runs and 80 to 90 RBI if not more. His offensive prowess is growing with each passing day as his 19-game hitting streak suggests. Defensively he has been solid to say the least and is making certain that no one questions his ability behind the plate anymore.
Many seasons would have to follow after this one for Gattis to permanently show himself to be as reliable as McCann over the long-term but he is well on his way. Even if the Braves eventually choose to use Gattis in another defensive position and bring up Christian Bethancourt to catch, Gattis has done well in serving the Braves fans. He has given them something that many wondered if they would ever have last offseason. They know now they can let McCann go.