Evan Gattis has been causing problems for the Braves since making his Major League debut just a week ago. His unexpected, yet welcome, performance in just five games has been enough to attract a lot of attention to the young catcher. The problem this causes is that he is forcing the Braves to start considering their future options at catcher long before they planned to do so.
The original plan during Brian McCann’s absence was to have Gerald Laird protect the plate. Then Gattis came along and put up good enough numbers during Spring Training to earn a spot on the roster. If he keeps playing as well as he has been he might even end up starting some games after McCann’s return.
Gattis’ journey to the MLB is something right out of the movies. The formerly troubled catcher worked very hard to get to where he is right now. It’s a story not too dissimilar to that of Josh Hamilton. What’s most surprising is that Gattis is managing to stand out in a Braves lineup that is stacked from head to toe. Letting McCann walk away to become a free agent could become a much easier decision for the Braves to make if Gattis keeps showing the signs of a future superstar.