Chipper on slugger Gattis: “He’s an animal”

CHICAGO – Evan Gattis was a great story in Braves spring training because of the highly unusual winding road he took to professional baseball, having been out of the game nearly four years while he worked odd jobs across the western states and chased new-age gurus in a search for happiness and the meaning of life.

Evan Gattis already has 13 homers and 38 RBIs in the minor leagues this season, and the Braves bumped him up to Double-A and moved him to left field to possibly help pave a quicker road to the majors.

Evan Gattis already has 13 homers and 38 RBIs in the minor leagues this season, and the Braves bumped him up to Double-A and moved him to left field to possibly help pave a quicker road to the majors.

Two months later, Gattis is another potentially great story, this time because of what he’s doing against minor league pitching and the increasing chance that we might see him in a major league uniform in the not-too-distant future.

He’s pummeling pitchers on a nightly basis, batting .368 with nine doubles, 13 homers and 38 RBIs in 28 games, for a .452 OBP and .821 slugging percentage in 106 at-bats and 126 plate appearances.

To repeat, he has 13 homers and a 1.273 OPS in 106 at-bats.

Before Tuesday, Gattis led all of pro ball in RBIs and was tied with Tigers minor leaguer Brad Eldred for the lead in RBIs.

Yes, as some skeptics have noted, he’s a man among boys – quite literally; he’s 25 and began the season in high-A ball, competing with a lot of 19- and 20-year-olds. But I dare say there are a lot of good 25-year-old hitters in the majors who could not do to minor league pitching what Gattis has done, last year at low-A Rome and this year at high-A Lynchburg and now Double-A Mississippi.

Gattis has wielded such a ferocious stick this year that the Braves decided after just three weeks to move him from his catching position to primarily left field and bump him up to Double-A. They want to see if the guy can handle left field well enough to play that position in the big leagues.

Let’s face it, with a right-handed power bat like this and considering his age, they don’t want to waste too much time having him toil in the minors at a position (catcher) where the Braves don’t figure to have an opening anytime soon. They have six-time All-Star Brian McCann under team control for another year and top prospect Christian Bethancourt perhaps a couple of years away.

(No, I’m not suggesting the Braves won’t re-sign McCann. At this point, I think that could go either way.)

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez sounds like a kid some afternoons when he enthusiastically begins his daily media session by telling reporters that “my man Gattis did it again last night,” and provides details about the latest exploits of the Texan that Gonzalez good-naturedly describes as a “knuckle-dragger” with thick, hairy forearms. (He means that as a compliment.)

Chipper Jones was seated on the dugout bench when Gonzalez brought up Gattis again before a weekend game at Colorado. He told Chipper that Gattis had homered again the night before.

“He’s an animal,” Chipper replied. “I went to Rome on rehab last year, played half of two games, and I saw him hit four bombs. It was unbelievable.”

This is a good point to say that if you missed the Gattis story in the spring, you’ll want to read it. Click here for a link to that story, or slap this into your browser: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2012/02/29/braves-slugger-gattis-has-a-story-man-does-he-ever/

Last year was Gattis’ first full professional season. Only it wasn’t a full season, because he didn’t make a team’s roster out of 2011 minor league camp, so he stayed at extended spring training for another six or seven weeks until there was an opening at Rome.

Gattis was sent there in May and produced these numbers in 88 games: .322 (109-for-338) with 24 doubles, two triples, 22 homers, 71 RBIs, .386 OBP, .601 slugging.

Some wondered how much that .986 OPS would dip in a full season at a higher minor-league level. But so far it’s up by nearly 300 points. And Gattis has kept pounding balls since the promotion to Double-A.

After hitting .385 with nine homers, 38 RBIs and a .452 OBP and .821 slugging percentage in 28 games at Lynchburg, he’s hit .321 (9-for-28) with two doubles, four homers, nine RBIs and a .406 OBP and the same .821 slugging percentage in seven games at Mississippi.

Bethancourt, 20, is on the Double-A team’s DL with a strained hamstring. He wasn’t hitting much before he got hurt (.268/.298/.296), but the kid is extremely talented, with off-the-charts defensive skills and the potential to be a good hitter, as he showed last year in A-ball and also in the Arizona Fall League. He’ll return to catching at Mississippi when he comes off the DL, and for now Matt Kennelly is doing most of the catching there with Gattis as the backup.

So far, reports on Gattis’ outfield work have been pretty good. He’s likely not going to be much of a defensive outfielder, but the Braves just need him to be serviceable, because chances seem good that he’ll drive in a whole lot more than he lets in, as the axiom goes.

Gonzalez joked that he told assistant GM Bruce Manno to make sure he didn’t play Gattis in left when shortstop prospect Andrelton Simmons was at shortstop, for fear the thick Texan would run over the defensive whiz kid.

By the way, Gonzalez was among those who lobbied to get Gattis into the outfield after seeing the gaudy numbers he was producing in the first weeks of the season. Like Braves coaches and players, Gonzalez liked all that he saw from hard-working Gattis during big league spring training.

Some who write about drafts and minor leaguers and prospects for a living insist Gattis is not a prospect because of his age, and won’t be a good outfielder (unlike them, I’ll admit I honestly don’t know, since I haven’t seen him play the outfield).  But the Braves sure consider him a prospect, taking into account that he missed four years (and also missed the wear-and-tear of four years of pro ball).

As long as they have him on their roster, the only opinions that matter are the ones of Braves decision-makers. And something tells me that if Evan Gattis keeps hitting a homer run about ever 17 at-bats (he has 39 in 666 minor-league at-bats) and OPS’ing at a .900 or above clip, other teams are also going to consider him a prospect – as in, a prospective member of their teams if the Braves can’t find a place for him and someday look to trade him.

Gattis and top Braves catching prosect Bethancourt (right) are both at Double-A Missisippi now, with Bethancourt on te DL recovering from a strained hamstring.

Gattis and top Braves catching prosect Bethancourt (right) are both at Double-A Missisippi now, with Bethancourt on te DL recovering from a strained hamstring.

For now, he’ll keep dragging knuckles and slamming baseballs as Gattis tries to fulfill his dreams. Gattis told me this spring that in one of the first couple of days he was at big-league camp, he started crying when he thought about where he was, how he’d survived a few years of rambling and now was suiting up in the same clubhouse with Chipper, McCann and the rest of the Braves.

Maybe some day he’ll be in that big-league clubhouse for games that count. Don’t discount his chances. So far, he’s done nothing but surpass expectations (and silence some skeptics) with every opportunity and new challenge the Braves have put before him.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. B ourn CF
  2. Prado LF
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. McCann C
  5. Uggla 2B
  6. Jones 3B
  7. Heyward RF
  8. Pastornicky SS
  9. Delgado P

• From last night: In case you went to sleep before it ended last night, here are few notes of interest from the Braves’ 5-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley.

Eric O’Flaherty hit David DeJesus with two out in the seventh inning, and manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected for coming out of the dugout to question why rookie umpire Chris Conroy warned both benches after the incident. Managers will usually get ejected if they come out to argue about or question an umpire issuing warnings, especially if they do it while the warning is still being issued, as was the case last night.

Jason Heyward was hit by a Jeff Samardzija pitch in the top of the seventh inning, after Heyward had homered off him in the second inning. In both cases, the DeJesus and Heyward beanings, Gonzalez and Cubs manager Dale Sveum noted it was a one-run game and wouldn’t have made sense for either team to intentionally hit anyone there. Which was true.

Heyward hit this homer in the second inning Monday, and was hit by a pitch in the seventh. (AP photo)

Heyward hit this homer in the second inning Monday, and was hit by a pitch in the seventh. (AP photo)

Back to O’Flaherty: Dejesus ended up scoring after the next two batters reached on a bunt single and single. That was the eighth earned run charged to O’Flaherty in 11 innings this season, matching his earned-run total last season in 73-2/3 innings.

O’Flaherty led the majors with a 0.98 ERA last season that set a major league record for a pitcher in 75 or more appearances. This year his ERA is 6.55, the fourth-highest among qualifying NL relievers, one spot better than teammate Chad Durbin.

Durbin’s 8.25 ERA is the third-highest among NL relievers. He allowed a two-run homer in the ninth inning last night, giving him the most homers allowed (five) among NL relievers and tied for most all among major league relievers.

The other ugliest numbers for Durbin: Against right-handed hitters, he’s allowed a .375 average (12-for-32) with four homers, five walks, five five strikeouts and a .459 OBP and .813 slugging percentage. (Lefties have hit .250 with one homer.)

With runners on base, Durbin has allowed a .360 average (9-for-25) with three homers, five walks and a .467 OBP and .760 slugging percentage.

In seven career appearances at Wrigley he has an 8.59 ERA with 10 hits, seven runs and two homers allowed in 7-1/3 innings.

Tonight’s matchup: Braves rookie Randall Delgado will make his first start against the Cubs, while Ryan Dempster will make his 30th appearance and 18th start against the Braves.

Dempster has had some of his worst results against them – 2-12 with a 4.94 career ERA – but in his past five starts against the Braves, he has a 2.52 ERA and .198 opponents’ average with 41 strikeouts and 11 walks in 35-2/3 innings.

Dempster comes in on a roll, having allowed only two unearned runs and seven hits in 14 innings in his past two starts at Miami and at Cincinnati. He got no decision in either game, and totaled 14 strikeouts with three walks.

Righties are just 5-for-60 (.083), while lefties are 9-for-37 (.243). With runners in scoring position, he’s limited hitters to .095 (2-for-21), and in any situation with runners on it’s .103 (3-for-29).

After getting ahead in the count 0-and-1, he’s allowed a .078 average (4-for-51).

Against Dempster, Michael Bourn is 10-for-29 (.345) with five walks and a .441 OBP, Freddie Freeman is 1-for-2 with a homer and walk, and Chipper Jones is 12-for-46 (.261) with a homer and seven walks. Brian McCann is 0-for-12 and Dan Uggla is 2-for-13 with homer and five strikeouts.

• Heyward rocks Wrigley: After going 16 games without a homer,  Heyward is 2-for-8 with two solo homers in his past three games. That included one in Monday’s series opener at Wrigley, where he’s thrived in his brief career.

Heyward has a .341 average (14-for-41) with five homers, 15 RBIs and a .404 OBP and .732 slugging percentage in 12 career games against the Cubs, including .409 (9-for-22) with four homers, 10 RBIs and a .955 slugging percentage in his past seven.

He’s hit .385 (10-for-26) with four homers, 10 RBIs and an .846 slugging percentage in eight games at Wrigley.

• And a few more notable stats:

– The Braves are now 0-5 on Mondays, 18-7 on other days

– After giving up back-to-back homers in the fifth inning – the only two runs he allowd in six – Tommy Hanson is 0-3 with a 4.41 ERA in three starts vs. Cubs.

– The Braves are 5-5 with a .280 batting average but a 5.81 ERA in their past 10 games. This after going 13-3 with a 3.49 ERA from April 10-April 27, when they scored 97 runs with 19 homers. The offense has stayed the same, pretty much. The pitching has not.

• Let’s close with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound doing a revved-up soul cover of fellow Chicago band Wilco’s great tune “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.” Hear it by clicking here, and hear the original version by clicking here.

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JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound

“I AM TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART” by Wilco

I am an American aquarium drinker
I assassin down the avenue
I’m hiding out in the big city blinking
What was I thinking when I let go of you?

Let’s forget about the tongue-tied lightning
Let’s undress just like cross-eyed strangers
This is not a joke, so please stop smiling
What was I thinking when I said it didn’t hurt?

I want to glide through those brown eyes dreaming
Take it from the inside, baby hold on tight
You were so right when you said that I’ve been drinking
What was I thinking when I said good night?

I want to hold you in the Bible-black predawn
You’re quite a quiet domino, bury me now
Take off your Band-Aid because I don’t believe in touchdowns
What was I thinking when I said hello?

I’d always thought that if I held you tightly
You’d always love me like you did back then
Then I fell asleep and the city kept blinking
What was I thinking when I let you back in?

I am trying to break your heart
I am trying to break your heart
But still I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t easy
I am trying to break your heart

Disposable Dixie-cup drinking
I assassin down the avenue
I’m hiding out in the big city blinking
What was I thinking when I let go of you?

loves you
I’m the man who loves you

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,185 comments Add your comment

Let's get ready to ruuuumbleeee!

May 8th, 2012
3:39 pm

nolie

May 8th, 2012
3:42 pm

trouble is that there are so few “good” marriages….

Ward

May 8th, 2012
3:43 pm

Nice article DOB……Should the Braves sign Moylan, and dump Durbin?

Hillbilly

May 8th, 2012
3:45 pm

“Slot-Money”

Hah! Awesome.

Indeed it is…And “Pitchability” should round out the rotation.

Hensenberg

May 8th, 2012
3:47 pm

Should the Braves sign Moylan, and dump Durbin?

YES! Technically Moylin is signed. Just waiting to be activated once rehab is done.

Ward

May 8th, 2012
3:48 pm

I say sign up Moylan, and bring him back when healthy.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 8th, 2012
3:48 pm

DOB At this point, I think that [re-signing BMac] could go either way.

Thanks for the vote of confidence… :?

Crawford

May 8th, 2012
3:49 pm

@Ward…..The girl that you know as Samantha has brought up your name. Were you hurt in any way by her antics?

nolie

May 8th, 2012
3:50 pm

what about ‘high floor’ and ‘low ceiling” ?

Murph

May 8th, 2012
3:50 pm

I have Gattis Fever… it’s like Beiber Fever, only much more manly.

Thanks for the article DOB.

Ward

May 8th, 2012
3:52 pm

Crawford – No, she seemed fine with me. This is a good blog with good people. Just got to get to know Murph. Murph is alright, just got to get to know people, and go with flow.

nolie

May 8th, 2012
3:52 pm

if he’s a knuckle-dragger he should be doing caveman commercials

Murph

May 8th, 2012
3:52 pm

Ward is not to be picked on, Samantha/Crawford/Naomi/Bettie… not cool.

Bay Area Steve

May 8th, 2012
3:52 pm

Crawford,

Dude, your act is tired. If you’re trying to be funny, you need to take a class or something. If you’re being sincere (which you’re not), then you need to stand in front of Murph’s bus, because Samantha needs better family. Kindly go away. Thank you.

Mister Frisky

May 8th, 2012
3:53 pm

Finally a REAL left fielder with serious lumber.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
3:53 pm

in one of the first couple of days he was at big-league camp, he started crying when he thought about where he was, how he’d survived a few years of rambling and now was suiting up in the same clubhouse with Chipper, McCann and the rest of the Braves.

That does it for me, I reckon. Think I’ll just shoot the next analyst who says, “He’s not a prospect.”, because I don’t think I really care about that very much, anymore.

Keep throwing the lumber, young man.

Crawford

May 8th, 2012
3:54 pm

Thank you ..Just making sure you were not hurt.

nolie

May 8th, 2012
3:54 pm

crying? obviously not “old school”, there is no crying in baseball…

Murph

May 8th, 2012
3:54 pm

Ward, Crawford = Samantha, just so you know who you’re talking to. I’m not putting him/her on permanent ignore (thanks Google Chrome filters!) so as to not be bothered by seeing their names ever never ever again.

Back to Gattis… I’m sticking to the timeline I posted last week. I’d bet the Real Sports With Bryant Gumball people have already contacted his agent.

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
3:55 pm

50% of all marriages end in divorce so make sure to enjoy the good times cuz 50% of the time your miserable most of the time!!!!!

What…. Efrim is getting married?? Congratulations Marriage is great!!!

Bay Area Steve

May 8th, 2012
3:55 pm

Actually, I think I should take class. I can’t be certain, but I believe I just tried to freestyle on the last blog. I’m trying to block out the trauma, but it’s not really working. Damn you, jeffrey d.

cabravesfan

May 8th, 2012
3:56 pm

Moylan is already signed to a minor league contract. He’ll get his chance when he shows he is healthy. I’m not sure he’s even started throwing off the mound yet…

Bay Area Steve

May 8th, 2012
3:57 pm

Of all the typos, ‘now’ to ‘not’ seems to be the biggie. Talk about opposite meaning…

Ward

May 8th, 2012
3:58 pm

Crawford – When I came on. It took a while for me to understand people. We are Braves, and we all love our team. Just got to be cool, and hang, and be able to joke, and joke back. In other words be cool…….

Mister Frisky

May 8th, 2012
3:58 pm

@CraZy,I’m in the 100 pct of the time all the time.Mrs.Frisky makes life miserable.

nolie

May 8th, 2012
3:59 pm

is there really a google chrome filter that works here Murph or are you kidding?
if there is where do you get it and how do you use it
aah, You must be kidding or you would have put me on ignore long ago…

Bob in SF

May 8th, 2012
3:59 pm

Gattis other nickname will be “Hobbs” if he gets all the way to the show this year.

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

Complete games
Season / Complete game total / NL rank / League Avg.

1991 / 18 / 1st / 13
1992 / 26 / 2nd / 15
1993 / 18 / 2nd / 12
1994 / 16 / 1st / 7
1995 / 18 / 1st / 9
1996 / 14 / 1st / 9
1997 / 21 / 1st / 10
1998 / 24 / 1st / 10
1999 / 9 / 6th / 8
2000 / 13 / 2nd / 8
2001 / 5 / 9th / 6
2002 / 3 / 12th / 6
2003 / 4 / 10th / 6
2004 / 4 / 7th / 4
2005 / 8 / 3rd / 7
2006 / 6 / 5th / 5
2007 / 1 / 13th / 3
2008 / 2 / 11th / 4
2009 / 3 / 11th / 5
2010 / 2 / 12th / 5
2011 / 3 / 11th / 5

Maybe we were spoiled in the 90’s, but to me it seems young pitchers should be able to handle more innings and we’ve been pretty young the last 3 or 4 year, but still can’t even get to the league avg.

Ward

May 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

Cab – I never thought how good Moylan was, until I’ve seen some of the pitchers in Bull – Pen. Bull – Pen is good, but could use a couple of fixes.

BravesAC

May 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

Just add to the list of people pulling for Gattis to make it. It’s a great story about making the most of the chances you get in life.
By the way, I emailed my wife the lyrics from yesterday’s song -Magic Man’s I Don’t Want No Wife.
You know, all in all, the curb really isn’ that uncomfortable and I had all my things packed in bags sitting right next to me.

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

Tommy Hanson 84 starts 1 complete game
Jair Jurrjens 119 starts 2 complete games

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

crying? obviously not “old school”, there is no crying in baseball…

Didn’t Jered Weaver cry after his no-hitter? ON CAMERA, fercrissake???

Gattis probably did it in private, so that’s OK.

TheOnlyBravesFan

May 8th, 2012
4:01 pm

DOB At this point, I think that [re-signing BMac] could go either way.

Thanks for the vote of confidence…

He’s being realistic as am I. I’d love for him to be re-signed, but I don’t think the Braves are certain where they want to go with him. I’m just glad I’ll get to see him for at least 1 more year.

I have Gattis Fever… it’s like Beiber Fever, only much more manly.

I like it!

Ward

May 8th, 2012
4:01 pm

Gattis, should be “The Gladiator”………

Hensenberg

May 8th, 2012
4:01 pm

How well does Gattis run? I am having visions of Greg Luzinski in LF with his back to the CF indicating you got everything behind me and I will cover here to the foul line while standing about 30 feet from the foul line.

nolie

May 8th, 2012
4:02 pm

but he admitted doing it scoots which is at least as bad…

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
4:02 pm

I’m in the 100 pct of the time all the time.Mrs.Frisky makes life miserable.

I’ve been married 10 years this September and I’ve never been happier. Seriously I guess I just got lucky!!

Crawford

May 8th, 2012
4:02 pm

OK I will not bring it up again. Does not seem to me that any of you have any heart or passion. Have fun.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
4:03 pm

but he admitted doing it scoots which is at least as bad…

Rookie mistake. :-)

Mister Frisky

May 8th, 2012
4:04 pm

You called the Wolf?

nolie

May 8th, 2012
4:04 pm

oh c’mon Crawford, of course you will bring it up again…

Loon

May 8th, 2012
4:06 pm

raleighbravefan

May 8th, 2012
3:37 pm

Efrim – A good marriage is a blessing….and actually good for health and longevity, too.
**************
You’re fortunate. Efrim, if she’s irresponsible with money and drinks too much, RUN and don’t walk and do it NOW!!!!

Otherwise, congrats and best wishes! :-)

Hillbilly

May 8th, 2012
4:06 pm

Gattis probably did it in private, so that’s OK.

His tears went 465 feet and cleared the batters eye in center. It’s unreal. I’m shamelessly on the bandwagon and THAT is not me be sarcastic.

Hensenberg

May 8th, 2012
4:07 pm

Sad to read about AGon’s injury. But I cannot hope but wonder if the Brewers are suffering from Ryan Braun getting off on a technicallity karma.

nolie

May 8th, 2012
4:07 pm

Wolf was my nickname in schools, they obviously modeled him on me

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
4:07 pm

Moderation for what

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
4:08 pm

How well does Gattis run?

Good enough for a slow trot. What more do you want? :-)

Blog Monitor

May 8th, 2012
4:08 pm

Crawford seems to have the same whiny writing style as his sister/neice/alter ego..

Ward

May 8th, 2012
4:08 pm

Murph – How was “The Avenger”? A movie I will most definately buy when comes out.

Mister Frisky

May 8th, 2012
4:08 pm

@CraZy,Yeah me too,just kidding.Got 13 years in myself.I’m here at home on the Braves blog.Mrs.Frisky bringing home the bacon,I’m just living the dream.

TheOnlyBravesFan

May 8th, 2012
4:10 pm

Good enough for a slow trot. What more do you want? -ncscoots

Lol… is it like Chipper or Uggla’s trot??? that would be perfect

phil

May 8th, 2012
4:10 pm

Crawford – please spare us….

This is a blog of mostly anonymous folks. Exactly what is it that you expect anyone here to do for your buddy?

:roll:

Venice Jim

May 8th, 2012
4:11 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏ @Braves
Tonight’s lineup at CHI (8:05, SPSO/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Prado 7 Freeman 3 McCann 2 Uggla 4 Jones 5 Heyward 9 Pastornicky 6 Delgado 1

Jim

May 8th, 2012
4:12 pm

Why isn’t Cole Hamels suspended for the whole year? Ala Sean Peyton, How about criminal charges? Assault and Battery

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
4:12 pm

Mrs.Frisky bringing home the bacon

You’re one of those guys huh Mr homemaker!!! I prefer it the other way that way I get the say so…. Go make me a samich!!!

Murph

May 8th, 2012
4:12 pm

Ward, The Avengers was amazing. I’m not a big fan of superhero movies, had only seen Iron Man and Iron Man 2 out of the bunch (Captain America, The Hulk, etc), but I loved it. Going to take the 4 year old to see it this weekend since she’s such a big Hulk fan.

As for Gattis… he’s one of those tough guys that’s so tough he can cry and act like baby whenever he wants ’cause nobody is going to make fun of him. He’s just that badass.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
4:14 pm

is it like Chipper or Uggla’s trot??? that would be perfect

Dunno. Guess he could be taught the Wing-Down Chipper-Trot, or the Arms-Out Uggla-Trot…

Then again, if he’s the animal some appear to think, he probably already has his own Knuckle-Dragging Gattis-Trot.

Lemke’s Knuckler

May 8th, 2012
4:15 pm

Cory Gearrin and Jaye Chapman are dominating AAA hitters, and yet we still have the displeasure of seeing Chad Durbin roll out of the pen almost every night. I will never understand. I’m a reasonable guy, but I will never understand this.

phil

May 8th, 2012
4:16 pm

Don’t get so excited about the knuckle dragger….

Do we know yet if he’s fat? Potentially fat?

THOSE are the key considerations…

TheOnlyBravesFan

May 8th, 2012
4:17 pm

With the way Pastornicky is hitting it sucks that he can’t hit higher than 8th. There’s almost nowhere else to put him though. He puts the bat on the ball quite well, I could see him as a #2 hitter someday.

Ritz

May 8th, 2012
4:17 pm

If Bethancourt comes back from the DL and does what it seems he is capable of doing for the remainder of this year and next year the odds of the Braves re-signing McCann seem pretty low.

Especially when you consider that recently the Braves have had a working strategy of starting rookies to open a season (Heyward, Freeman, Pastornicky). Also McCann will be reallllly expensive.. the drop in value between him and Bethancourt might not be worth $15 million a year in payroll. The drop probably won’t even be -that- bad due to Bethancourts superior defensive skills.

Bay Area Steve

May 8th, 2012
4:17 pm

Evan Gattis’ tears cure cancer.

nolie

May 8th, 2012
4:17 pm

I think he bends abit, swings his arms forward. plants his kunuckes, skips his legs through his arms and repeats as necessary

TennesseePaul

May 8th, 2012
4:17 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Ward

May 8th, 2012
4:18 pm

Well, I’ll talk after the game. If Bourn won’t sign, I say we should get Victorino next year,or Josh Hamilton. Then play Prado at 3rd. Bring up Parraz, or Durango. All Have a good one! Peace my friends……”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!’

nolie

May 8th, 2012
4:19 pm

If I had a dollar for every Braves reliever who dominated AAA while down there only to disappoint upon arrival in the Ted, …I could retire

Ward

May 8th, 2012
4:20 pm

Thanks Murph! Bet they will make “Avengers 2″. Gattis, will be up soon with his power. peace out……..”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
4:21 pm

Evan Gattis’ tears cure cancer.

Men want to be him, and women want to be with him. And men don’t even care that the women do.

phil

May 8th, 2012
4:23 pm

I’d take a dollar for every sugary sweet article I’ve ever read during spring training each yer about how wonderful this guy or that is going to be this year because he REALLY worked hard during THIS offseason….

nolie

May 8th, 2012
4:23 pm

kinda reminds me a bit of the Flowers epidemic of a few years ago. God’s next gift to the Braves he was….

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
4:24 pm

phil…just hush, will ya? You’re harshing my mellow, man.

cabravesfan

May 8th, 2012
4:24 pm

If we can’t afford to resign Bourn, how on Earth would we be able to sign Victorino or Hamilton? (Not to mention Hamilton’s pesky habit of getting hurt all the time…)

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
4:25 pm

knuckle dragger:
an unintelligent person. One resembling a lower primate or un-evolved human.

knuckle dragger:
Reminiscent of the hunched over cave man, with his arms to the ground. An insult used against those of extremely low intelligence, or general stupid.

I don’t think ole Fred understands what he said!!

Hensenberg

May 8th, 2012
4:25 pm

I like Victorino, but would not be worth a long term contract IMHO. Hamilton would be too expensive and probably a long shot. If Simmons is ready next year I could see him beating out Pastornicky at SS. So if Bourn is not kept then perhaps Pastornicky could be converted to CF. Certainly has the tools for it.

Lemke’s Knuckler

May 8th, 2012
4:25 pm

Teheran has looked a little better his last two outings…9 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. The important part being the 1 BB in 9 innings, as opposed to the 10 BB in his previous 16 innings.

Also, after a slow start, Andrelton Simmons starting get hot at the plate. Hitting .406 during current 8-game hitting streak. He’s now 7th in the Southern League in average, at .320.

And then obviously Gattis leading the minor league world in nearly every category.

Good stuff…

DAP

May 8th, 2012
4:26 pm

scoots Gattis probably did it in private, so that’s OK.

when Fredi heard about Gattis crying, he responded “I wish he had been a little more discreet.” Gattis has been suspended 5 games, and won’t appeal.

Of course, Jim Leyland doesn’t believe 5 games is enough.

Frankie Wren

May 8th, 2012
4:27 pm

With the way Pastornicky is hitting it sucks that he can’t hit higher than 8th. There’s almost nowhere else to put him though. He puts the bat on the ball quite well, I could see him as a #2 hitter someday.

He hit in 2 slot in the minors. Who knows, if he stays and beats out Simmons possibly could bat there next season. Especially that Bourn probably leaves and Prado maybe leadoffs.

TennesseePaul

May 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .350 .435 .400 0.835 .403 __111
Prado__ .286 .375 .400 0.775 .373 ___94
Freeman .333 .341 .667 1.008 .423 __143
McCann_ .194 .275 .361 0.636 .264 ___57
Uggla__ .250 .325 .389 0.714 .300 ___77
Chipper .324 .375 .541 0.916 .394 __125
Heyward .167 .324 .400 0.724 .325 ___80
Pastorn .294 .294 .382 0.676 .322 ___67
Delgado .125 .125 .125 0.250 .202 __-37

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
4:30 pm

I think Pastornicky would be better than Prado leading off.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
4:30 pm

Of course, Jim Leyland doesn’t believe 5 games is enough [punishment for Gattis' crying]

Most severely and righteously beaucoup old-school is Jim Leyland.

“Skip, why do you still wear spikes in the dugout?”

“I’m a ballplayer.”

Bat Masterson

May 8th, 2012
4:31 pm

Frankie Wren

May 8th, 2012
4:31 pm

Depending on what the Braves do on the remainder of the road trip and how Marteen hits the ball the next 5 games, you just might see #10 batting behind Bourn when the Braves come home. Fredo probably doesn’t make a move unless they lose a couple of series in a row.

Hensenberg

May 8th, 2012
4:32 pm

I think BCox wore spikes in the dugout.

Lemke’s Knuckler

May 8th, 2012
4:33 pm

nolie…”If I had a dollar for every Braves reliever who dominated AAA while down there only to disappoint upon arrival in the Ted, …I could retire”

True dat, but we’re not talking about bringing one of these guys up to displace a guy throwing decent innings with a sub-5.00 ERA. We’re talking about bringing one of them up to take Durbin’s place.

And I still think Gearrin is going to be a quality reliever at the ML level. Last year, he had a line of 16 IP, 11 H, 6 BB, 21 K, 3.38 ERA before he blew up 2 of his last 3 outings, so he’s shown he can get out major league hitters. Chapman may never be more than a AAA pitcher, but I just get aggravated seeing Gearrin down there while Durbin is throwing 87 mph meat down the middle.

Snotboogie

May 8th, 2012
4:33 pm

crying? obviously not “old school”, there is no crying in baseball…

Didn’t Jered Weaver cry after his no-hitter? ON CAMERA, fercrissake???

Yeah, but he also took a pee break before the ninth inning, much to the awe of everyone in baseball.

CrαZy

May 8th, 2012
4:34 pm

C- McCann
1B- Freeman
2B- Uggla
3B- Prado/Francisco
SS- Pastornicky / Simmons
LF- Gattis
CF- Bourn
RF- Heyward

Just thought you all would like to know what the roster would be for 2013. :wink:

SRC

May 8th, 2012
4:34 pm

That cover was awesome!

Snotboogie

May 8th, 2012
4:34 pm

just so you know who you’re talking to. I’m not putting him/her on permanent ignore (thanks Google Chrome filters!) so as to not be bothered by seeing their names ever never ever again.

What google chrome filter is this?
I want, I want.

Tomahawkin

May 8th, 2012
4:35 pm

Thanks for the stats D.O.B.

All the more reason as to why it is Time to ‘Ol Yeller” Gas Can Durbin now before he costs us more games which could be the difference in us winning the division or having to settle for a Wildcard slot

raleighbravefan

May 8th, 2012
4:35 pm

CraZy – If Mrs. CraZy puts up with that….well that explains why you are so happy.

TheOnlyBravesFan

May 8th, 2012
4:36 pm

I think Pastornicky would be better than Prado leading off.

Yeah, I agree. It’s like asking if Prado can play SS. No he can’t/shouldn’t and don’t say it again!!!

IMO, Prado has too much power and not enough speed to hit leadoff. I kinda like Pastor in the 2 hole following Bourn/speedy CF.

ncscoots

May 8th, 2012
4:36 pm

Yeah, but he also took a pee break before the ninth inning, much to the awe of everyone in baseball.

Seriously?

Fish Bisch

May 8th, 2012
4:36 pm

Dempstor owns us?

Snotboogie

May 8th, 2012
4:37 pm

BAS

Unlucky that you had to do that freestyle bit after the “New Bloggage” post.Try it again over here, possibly also provide the requisite beat for it.

David O'Brien

May 8th, 2012
4:38 pm

Braves lineup: Bourn CF, Prado LF, Freeman 1B, McCann C, Uggla 2B, Jones 3B, Heyward RF, Pastornicky SS, Delgado P

phil

May 8th, 2012
4:38 pm

Leave Chipper on the list, Crazy…

He changes his mind soon and reups for 30 million.

nolie

May 8th, 2012
4:39 pm

prado did a very nice job leading off one year not too long ago

Frankie Wren

May 8th, 2012
4:40 pm

Prado’s stats better batting leadoff the last two years as opposed to hitting 2nd.

phil

May 8th, 2012
4:40 pm

We were beaten last night, Tomahawkin, well before cat turd came in the game to pad the Cubs lead.
We couldn’t hit a nerf football. Just wasn’t our night.

keylargo

May 8th, 2012
4:41 pm

Is Bryan Lahair for real? It sure looks like it. You have to ask though, how could the Mariners release this guy? He played two years in AAA for the Cubs after his release. There’s hope for Gattis as Lahair is almost 30.

Year one……….308/ .385./ .557/ .942 in 125 games

Year two……….331/ .405/ .664/ 1.070 including 38 HR and 38 2B in 129 games.

Do you think he and EOF could make the Mariners any better?

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