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Evan Gattis
Birthdate: 8/18/1986 (30 y, 7 m, 5 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/230     Position: C/DH
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 23, Pick: 19, Overall: 704, Team: Atlanta Braves
Contract: $3.4M / 1 Years (2016) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Gattis made his first spring start as a catcher in Friday's game against the Mets, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. (3/11/2017)
Profiles:  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Gattis did his usual low average, high power thing en route to perhaps his best season yet which included a career-high 32 home runs, despite logging 105 fewer plate appearances than in 2015. It was his best OPS ever at .826, though only his second-best wRC+ at 119 (125 in 2014). Gattis gave back his strikeout gains from 2015, jumping back up to 26%, but he set a career-high with a 9% walk rate. He has averaged 26 homers in 472 plate appearances over his four seasons and once again qualifies at catcher, raising his fantasy stock substantially. There are playing time concerns lingering after an influx of talent at his two positions: Brian McCann at catcher and Carlos Beltran at DH, but a power hitter like Gattis is going to get his burn and the fact that he can pack so much punch in relatively few plate appearances eases the concerns further, especially since catchers are expected to play less anyway. If his situation changes and he pushes back toward his 604 PA output of 2015, that only helps matters. Either way, pencil in 20+ homers behind the dish. (Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: Gattis has added home runs every season of his career, culminating in last year’s 32, achieved in just 128 games. Playing 55 games behind the dish greatly improves his fantasy stock as a catcher-eligible hitter. With that catcher eligibility, his playing time concerns after some offseason additions matter a lot less than if he were OF-only.

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