Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Custom Card: 1994 Bowman Evan Gattis

  "He's an animal"~ Chipper Jones
  "...a beast. A man-child."~ David Ross

  You typically don't hear the word "Prospect" used for a 25 year-old in high-A ball. You might even be hard pressed to find many in AA, but that is exactly the position Braves minor league catcher-turned left fielder Evan Gattis has found himself in. If you haven't heard Gattis' story, then you must read David O'Brien's piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gattis was recently promoted from High-A Lynchburg-where he hit .385 with nine home runs, 38 RBIs, a .452 OBP and a slugged at a .821 clip in 28 games. Once moved up the latter to AA Mississippi, where he has changed positions, the hit-machine has continued to mash.

   Before you dismiss the guy, thinking, "that's what 25 year-old hitters are supposed to do in A ball," consider this: prior to last season (where he raked at low-A Rome), Gattis had not played ball for four years. I won't say he's the next Josh Hamilton, but he is an intriguing prospect to watch.

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