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Evan Gattis kept racing toward NL Rookie of the Year honors
The starting pitching is where the Braves might run into issues.
Agreed, but how many teams can you not say this about?
I was going to say third base defense, but that seemed a little petty.
I love Evan Gattis as much as anyone, but let's see him hit like this for a couple of months before we believe it's real. He didn't even play a full season in AA, so it's unlikely that there's any real scouting report on him yet.
OK, what's his story?
When Francisco plays, yeah. Second base defense is also terrible.
Still, I have been pleasantly surprised by him. He's looked much better in the field than I expected
I love Evan Gattis as much as anyone, but let's see him hit like this for a couple of months before we believe it's real. He didn't even play a full season in AA, so it's unlikely that there's any real scouting report on him yet. After last weekend, I don't think pitchers are going to try to get fastballs by him anymore - anyone who can hit a high 96 MPH fastball out of the park doesn't get those pitches. So the next few weeks will be a lot of breaking balls for him.
The starting pitching is where the Braves might run into issues. The individual pitchers in the rotation are all guys I like, though they all also have question marks. But there's no depth behind the starting five until Beachy returns mid-season.
Hater. Why Gattis could be as great as Bryan LaHair or Tuffy Rhodes!
Thing is, though -- the one clunker (Teheran) just might be the most talented pitcher on the staff... He might end up topping out as a guy with great stuff who just couldn't make it work as an SP, I suppose (see Juan Cruz) and settle into a career as a perfectly cromulent reliever... but at this point, I think there's still every possibility it 'clicks' at some point, which could take up the slack when Maholm gets kicked off Mt Olympus or whatnot.
But this is a great opportunity to get an idea of whether he's capable of being a starting catcher or not.
Gerald Laird (nickname: "Gerald Laird")
Yep. You wouldn't let Gattis take at-bats from a healthy Brian McCann, but everyone's OK with Gerald Laird (nickname: "Gerald Laird") losing ABs. And every game he plays behind the plate without spiking himself or hitting a pitcher in the face with a throw down to second is evidence that he can handle the position at an acceptable level.
I was at the Friday night game a couple weeks back, and Gattis was catching Minor. One of the things that impressed me was how fast Minor worked. That's even more impressive if Gattis was actually calling the pitches himself.
Back in the Cox/Mazzone era, the latter claimed he never called any pitches.
They also didn't have a catcher who only caught 114 games in his entire minor league career.
Can we cease writing silly prognosticaintg questions every April?
With all the Uptii running around...
I couldn't figure out how to link the picture of Gattis's janitor ID in the lede.
Today is April 17 - a little early for this type of article, although it is probably the only time of the year it can be written, so it is.
You write an article like this and no one remembers come September if the Braves are in second place. But if they win 110 games, you look like a genius.
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