Venezuelan Winter League: .303/.365/.595, 25 XBH (16 HR), 44 RBI, 30/16 K/BB (53 G)
Committed to Texas Tech, Gattis opted to walk away from the game after high school due to an anxiety disorder. He spent the next four years traveling the United States, working odd jobs and living in his car. I know, it’s like something out of a Jack Kerouac novel.
Thankfully, the 6’4”, right-handed hitter ultimately found his way back onto the field, and was selected by the Braves in the 23rd round of the 2010 draft out of Texas-Permian Basin.
Since entering their system as a 23-year-old, he’s mashed at every stop, including a league-leading 16 home runs in the Venezuelan Winter League. Besides Gattis’ effortless plus power to all fields, he’s a surprisingly advanced overall hitter with advanced plate discipline and the potential for an above-average hit tool.
Drafted and developed as a catcher, Gattis actually saw more time in left field than behind the plate last season—which is only a testament to his athleticism and potential production.
His impressive bat already has the 26-year-old on the fast track to the major leagues, and don’t be surprised if he receives consideration for a spot on the Braves’ Opening Day roster.