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Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis.
Evan Gattis C Atlanta Braves:
Evan Gattis has a very interesting tale to tell while playing for the Atlanta Braves this season. Jordan Hill of iSports.web wrote on April 19 that "even if you have already heard the story of Evan Gattis, it is one that definitely does not get old."
I won't tell his entire story here. But I will tell how Gattis has filled in for injured All-Star catcher Brian McCann and totaled three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and a .486 slugging percentage in 43 at-bats as the Braves' clean-up hitter.
But the 26-year-old is hitting a mere .186 in the fourth spot, so he only gets an honorable mention on this top-10 list. His decision to not wear batting gloves also earns him an honorable mention. I wonder if Evan Gattis prepares for an at-bat by employing the same method used by Moises Alou. Personally, I would be upset if I tried that method and it didn't actually work.
Mike Napoli 1B & David Ortiz DH Boston Red Sox:
Signed as a free agent in the offseason, the 31-year-old Napoli has filled in for the injured David Ortiz as the Boston Red Sox's clean-up hitter. In those 70 plate appearances, Napoli hit eight doubles and three home runs to rack up 19 RBI, second-most among American League clean-up hitters. And his .557 slugging percentage is also second in the AL among qualified clean-up batters.
But Napoli is an honorable mention because Ortiz is back, and Napoli will no longer bat clean-up on a regular basis. And Ortiz is an honorable mention with his teammate because Big Papi is respected enough as a clean-up hitter to displace a hitter like Napoli, who has done so well this season in the four-hole.
Ortiz has earned his reputation. Just last season, he hit 26 doubles and 23 home runs to rack up 60 RBI in 90 games, batting .318 and slugging .611. Ortiz has made a good living as a clean-up hitter, although he should really clean up his language.