The Atlanta Braves are currently navigating through a logjam at catcher. Evan Gattis swatted his way into an every day gig through the first month of the season, and his .540 slugging percentage has to play. Gattis is making his third straight start in left field today with Gerald Laird handling the catching duties and Brian McCann taking a rest.
The 26-year old demonstrated his throwing prowess in the second inning of today’s game versus the Reds.
Gattis played 74 games in the outfield through various stops in the minors, so we shouldn’t be all that surprised that he can toss a strike from shallow left. Nevertheless, El Oso Blanco added a short chapter to his own legend this afternoon by nailing Brandon Phillips at home to complete a double play.
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That’s a terrible slide.