At this time last year, Evan Gattis was an obscure 26-year-old minor leaguer with some power and no real future in Major League Baseball.
Fast forward to today: Gattis will have a chance to be starting catcher for the Atlanta Braves after slugging .480 and hitting 21 homers as a rookie.
It's a testament to the job Gattis has done after quitting baseball from 2006-10, as well as the work of the Atlanta development staff, that he has been able to carve out any kind of MLB career.
There aren't many players with Gattis' exact story floating around the minors, but that doesn't mean no one can duplicate what he has done. With winter leagues happening all around the world right now, we thought it would be fun to see if there are any diamonds in the rough.
Players we have listed are not necessarily going to repeat Gattis' career path or scouting reports, nor are they likely to earn a starting job in the big leagues. But their profiles suggest that they could warrant a look.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted.