Enigmatic Braves Major League Prospect Has Chance To Make Big Leagues

26-Year Old Evan Gattis Continues To Impress With His Power

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Evan Gattis
Evan Gattis
- photo by Tim Evearitt
He’s 26 years old and has but 933 plate appearances in professional baseball, none above the Double-A level. But don’t for a second think that Evan Gattis isn’t considered a legitimate prospect by the Braves. They know they have a special case with the big Texan catcher-turned-left fielder, who keeps responding to new challenges by crushing baseballs.

The Gattis legend has spread to Venezuela this winter, where he’s picked up the nickname “El Oso Blanco” (White Bear) from his mostly Latin teammates on the Aguilas squad while hitting .324 with five homers, 16 RBIs and a 1.009 OPS in 18 games through Thursday. And can I just say, that’s a damn fine nickname.

Gattis was tied for fourth in the Venezuelan Winter League in homers, fifth in OPS, and had six doubles and a league-high 43 total bases.

After getting off a torrid start at Class-A Lynchburg in 2012 season but then missing nearly half of the season with a wrist injury soon after his promotion to AA Mississippi, the Gattis train is picking up steam once again.

For those unfamiliar with the unique Gattis story, how he was out of baseball for nearly four years while traveling the western U.S. and doing a variety of part-time jobs to support himself while he sought out his purpose in life.

He got an invite to big-league camp in after hitting 22 homers and posting a .986 OPS in 88 games at Class-A Rome in 2011.

This season he was a man among boys at high-A Lynchburg, batting .385 with nine homers, 29 RBIs and a ridiculous .821 slugging percentage and 1.289 OPS in 21 games before being promoted to Double-A, where he was to play mostly left field and occasionally catch.

Despite missing about two months with a wrist injury that was worse than originally thought, Gattis came back and had 26 extra-base hits (four triples, nine homers) with 37 RBIs and an .865 slugging percentage in 49 games for Mississippi. He finished the season with a .305 average, 18 homers, 67 RBIs and a .995 OPS in 74 games (314 at-bats), and only 43 strikeouts.

----- Source: MLB.com


Gattis rounds third base after homering at AT&T Field on August 4, 2012.
Gattis rounds third base after homering at AT&T Field on August 4, 2012.
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt


Mocs Soccer Hosts Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky This Weekend

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's soccer team will open the 2017 with a pair of home matches. The Mocs will take on Austin Peay in the season-opener Friday, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. Sunday's matchup against Eastern Kentucky will kick off at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free to all of Chattanooga's home matches. "We're as ready as we can be to this point," Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Covenant Volleyball Picked As Preseason Favorite In USA South Poll

With consecutive regular season USA South divisional championships, the Covenant volleyball team was once again picked as the preseason favorite in the West Division of the league as the conference released its annual preseason coaches' poll  on Thursday . Covenant, under fifth-year head coach Joanna Ehman, went 12-3 in conference play last season en route to a USA ... (click for more)

State Plays Tape Of Prior Testimony Of Shooting Victim After He Refuses To Come To Court; No Video Was Collected Along Shooting Route

The state on Thursday played a preliminary hearing tape of shooting victim Kadarius Johnson after he refused to come to the Criminal Court trial of the man accused of shooting him in the back of the head. Witnesses said the car chase led through the downtown Tourist District near the Riverfront with a man in a white SUV firing shots at the driver of a Buick sedan. Prosecutor ... (click for more)

Langdon Strickland, 33, Dies From Monday Afternoon Shooting

Langdon Strickland, 33, who suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting on S. Kelly Street early Monday afternoon, has died.   Chattanooga Police responded to a person shot at the 500 block of S. Kelly.  Upon arrival, Chattanooga Police officers located the victim, who was suffering from a gunshot wound. Hamilton County EMS transported the victim to a ... (click for more)

Shame On Anyone Planning A Protest At Coolidge Park Thursday Evening - And Response (7)

Whether you're Alt-Left or Alt-Right, Coolidge Park isn't the place to showcase your hate and indifference with one another. Just because it's your right, that doesn't necessarily mean that you should do it. Many have this misconception that this park is named after a President, Nope. It's named after a great man, a true patriot, and Medal of Honor recipient from right ... (click for more)

A Tale Of 3 Properties

Here in Lookout Valley on the far southwest edge of Chattanooga and Hamilton County, trees and rocks are plentiful but sidewalks are as rare as unicorns. It’s a land the governments forget – until tax collection time.  The recent county reappraisal spoke about ‘comps,’ recent sale prices of comparable local properties. But the assessors defined ‘comparable’ to suit themselves, ... (click for more)