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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||495.00||32.00||.257||84.00||68.00||0.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Philadelphia||24||8||4|| .385|| .833|| .333|
|vs Hamels (Career)||6||3||2||1.500||.500||.500|
|vs LHP||66||24||5|| .377|| .652|| .364|
|Last 10 Games|
Hinch: Evan Gattis to get a look in left field for Astros
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(2/20/15) Astros manager A.J. Hinch met with the media on Friday and outlined an intriguing experiment with newly acquired Evan Gattis.
Gattis caught 135 games for the Braves over the last two seasons, but Hinch said the team would have him work primarily in left field at the start of camp.
That doesn't mean Gattis is changing positions. Hinch cautioned the media not to read too much into anything at this point.
Gattis has played 48 career games in left, most recently in 2013.
Gattis to play at 1B, DH for Astros; Bad news for Singleton, Carter?
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1/21/15) With the signing of Colby Rasmus, the Astros have an even more crowded outfield, but it also means Houston won't have to lean on Evan Gattis to play primarly in left field.
In fact, Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow expects Gattis to occasionally play in left field, but to primarily play at first base and DH. Although, that doesn't bode well for playing time for Jon Singleton and Chris Carter.
“We don’t know what Gattis is going to look like in left field,” Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. “If he’s good out there or adequate, I’m sure he’ll get some at-bats out there. Is he going to be our everyday left fielder? I can’t imagine that happening with the guys that we have, but we want to have that bat in the lineup.
“Guys that have options are going to have to prove to us that they belong in the big leagues. I don’t think it’s just Singleton. Like I said, we’ve got multiple options at every position on the diamond now. So, you know, players may not be playing their preferred position -- that puzzle will come together in spring training. We’re only guessing to try to figure it out right now.”
New acquisition Evan Gattis unsure of where he will play for Astros
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(1/15/15) New Astros acquisition Evan Gattis could be the team's primary left fielder following his acquisition from the Braves. In fact, he is listed as the starter in left field on the depth chart on the team's official website.
However, Gattis sounded Thursday as though he wasn't sure if he would see most of his playing time in left field. Gattis has spent most of his MLB career at catcher, but Jason Castro is currently embedded as the Astros' starting catcher.
“It’s really too early," Gattis told MLB.com. "We’ll see how it shakes out and see where our pieces end up at the end of spring. I think it’s too early to say what I’ll be playing more of. I’m not really worried bout positioning and stuff like that right now. I’m just ready to get after it, you know? I was prepared to go play left field with the Braves situation, too, so it’s not like anything will really change on my end.”
Braves/Astros announce Evan Gattis deal
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(1/14/15) The Braves have traded catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and pitcher James Hoyt to the Astros for three prospects, the teams announced. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed the deal early on Wednesday. The deal was initially reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The 28-year-old Gattis is coming off a season in which he hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats. Gattis dealt with back issues during the season, causing him to miss time. Gattis is under team control through the 2018 season. It's unclear where Gattis will play with his new club.
Hoyt, 27, posted a 3.17 ERA over two levels of the minors last year.
In return, the Braves will receive pitchers Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman , and third baseman Rio Ruiz .
Foltynewicz was rated as the Astros third-best prospect this year according to Baseball America. The 23-year-old pitched in 18 games with Houston last year, posting a 5.30 ERA.
Thurman, 23, posted a 5.38 ERA at Class A last year. The 20-year-old Ruiz .293/.387/.436 over 516 at-bats in High A.
Braves agree to trade Evan Gattis to Astros
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(1/14/15) The Braves have agreed to deal catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and pitcher James Hoyt to the Astros for three minor-league prospects, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. The deal was initially reported by David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Those minor-leaguers include right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, third baseman Rio Ruiz and right-hander Andrew Thurman, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Foltynewicz would be a rotation candidate for this upcoming season, Sherman notes. Both sides have agreed to the players involved in the deal, but has not been finalized. Gattis was spotted in Houston on Wednesday undergoing a physical exam in anticipation of a possible trade.
Gattis hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats, but was hindered by a back injury over the second half of the year. The trade would give Houston three right-handed power hitters in Gattis, George Springer and Chris Carter. Gattis won't be a free-agent until 2019.
The deal is currently pending physicals.
|2014 summary: When the Braves committed to Evan Gattis behind the plate in 2014, most Fantasy owners assumed it would mean an increase in at-bats, opening the door for a possible 30-homer season or better based on his part-time work as a rookie. Instead, it gave manager Fredi Gonzalez an excuse to sit him every third game, resulting in just 15 more at-bats and one more home run. He did improve in other ways, though, and looked like he was on the verge of a breakthrough before an injury-plagued second half. He hit .290 with 16 home runs and a .900 OPS before the All-Star break.|
Playing time status: As the Braves' plans shifted with the trade market this offseason, Gattis' projected role for 2015 changed from left field to catcher back to left field with the departure of Justin Upton. And then they up and traded him to Houston, where he'll have the option of playing DH, probably his ideal position. The kidney stone that sidelined him for much of September should no longer be an issue.
2015 outlook: Fantasy owners should be celebrating Gattis' move to the Astros. Their park should maximize his home run potential with its short porch in left field, and he'll have a chance to play every day between DH, first base and left field. Meanwhile, he'll still be eligible at catcher in Fantasy. Few catchers get everyday at-bats, much less ones with 30-homer potential. After the elite trio of Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy and Devin Mesoraco, Gattis should probably be the first catcher-eligible player off the board.
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