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11 Evan Gattis C
Height/Weight: 6-4/260 | Birthdate: 8/18/1986 | Birthplace: Dallas, TX | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 90/63 | Average Draft Position: 95.62
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Astros' Luhnow: Evan Gattis will mostly DH, play left field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that Evan Gattis will mostly play left field and serve as the team's designated hitter but could see some work at catcher as well, MLB.com reports.

"He will catch some, probably later in season," Luhnow said.

Gattis will slot in as the team's third catcher in addition to his regular role after coming to the team from the Braves this past offseason. He's 8 for 20 with one home run and two walks this spring.


Astros OF Evan Gattis (wrist) homers in return Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Astros outfielder Evan Gattis (wrist) returned to action Monday, going 1 for 3 with a home run in his team's 14-10 loss to the Braves.

Gattis has been slowed by a wrist injury this spring but has seen work in left field in minor-league action this past weekend. He served as the Braves' designated hitter Monday, smacking his first home run of the spring in the third inning. Gattis is slated to start in left field Wednesday against the Phillies, MLB.com reports.


Astros' Gattis, Oberholtzer expected to be ready for regular season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said Monday that outfielder Evan Gattis (wrist) and pitcher Brett Oberholtzer (lat) are expected to be ready for the start of the regular season, MLB.com reports.

Gattis has been getting work in left field on the minor-league side as he continues his transition from catcher, but he's slated to serve as the team's designated hitter Monday. Oberholtzer has been recovering from a lat strain and illness but is slated to take the mound Wednesday.


Astros' Evan Gattis to line up as designated hitter Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Astros catcher Evan Gattis is scheduled to line up as the designated hitter in Monday's game against the Braves, reports MLB.com.

Gattis played four innings of a minor-league game Sunday in left field, going 0 for 1 at the plate with a walk.

"It went good," Gattis said. "I got jammed, but I guess it's a good sign it wasn't my wrist."

Gattis, who spent all of last season as a catcher, is getting more reps in left field, including Sunday.

"It was a sinking line drive," Gattis said. "It was actually a good one. I got one under my belt."


Astros' Hinch 'more comfortable' with Evan Gattis in left field


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Astros outfielder Evan Gattis is scheduled to play five innings in left field in a minor-league game Sunday after doing the same Saturday, when he had a ball hit to him, as he continues his transition to being the team's full-time left fielder, MLB.com reports.

"I'm more comfortable with him now in left field," Hinch said. "It's more about repetition. I joke with him only because he's put in a lot of work not to get a ton of game action. We've got 10 or 11 games left, and he'll see some left field as soon as this weekend if things are progressing for him."

Gattis spent the majority of his time with the Braves behind the plate, but he's expected to play left field primarily for the Astros while the team is at full strength. He's also been slowed by a wrist injury this spring.


Astros' Evan Gattis (wrist) taking batting practice Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Astros catcher Evan Gattis will take live batting practice Sunday and could accelerate his rehab if all goes well, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Gattis said he felt no pain after taking some swings off a tee Friday, and an MRI revealed no damage to his right wrist. He has missed a week of action due to the injury.


MRI reveals no damage to Astros C Evan Gattis' wrist


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/20/2015) Astros catcher Evan Gattis took 15-20 swings off a tee Friday and said he felt no pain, and received further good news when an MRI revealed no damage to his injured wrist, according to the Houston Chronicle. Gattis will continue to build up his swing in preparation for the season. 

Astros' Evan Gattis will play in B game, then hit off a tee on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Astros catcher Evan Gattis is scheduled to play in B game, but will only play defense in left field, according to the Houston Chronicle on Friday.

Gattis has been sidelined since Sunday due to right wrist discomfort. Once he's done with the B game, he will hit off a tee to test the pain tolerance his injured wrist.

"I don't want him to delay or take a step backwards to all the defensive work he's done with Gary (outfield coach Gary Pettis)," Hinch said. "I don't want to artificially take him out of games just because he's not swinging the bat right now. ... His legs are fine."

He is 5 for 14 with one double and two walks in five spring games.


Astros' Hinch: Evan Gattis (wrist) to attempt soft toss, hitting off tee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Thursday the plan is for catcher Evan Gattis (wrist) to attempt soft toss and hitting off a tee in the next two days as a way to test pain tolerance, according to MLB.com. Gattis has been sidelined since Sunday due to right wrist discomfort.

"I'm going to get him on the back fields here over the next couple days, hopefully, and get him some reps in a game in left when he returns to full action with us," Hinch said. "You'll see him in left field again. Trying to make him as comfortable as we can before Opening Day."


Astros C Evan Gattis yet to be cleared to swing bat


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Astros catcher Evan Gattis has yet to be cleared to swing a bat, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"He’s seen the doctor and we’re going to keep evaluating him day to day," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He seems to be progressing nicely. We’re going to ramp up his activities a little bit over the next couple of days, but he won’t be doing a ton of activity. He still did some defensive work in left field yesterday and he’ll do it again today in the back fields. We have the off-day (Wednesday) and then we’ll see how he feels on Thursday."

Gattis was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to right wrist discomfort. He is 5 for 14 with one double and two walks in five spring games.


Evan Gattis scratched from Astros game with wrist injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Evan Gattis was scratched from the Astros lineup on Sunday with right wrist discomfort, according to a report by MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

Gattis is hitting .364 this spring with two RBI.  


Astros' Evan Gattis dealing with dehydration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Astros catcher Evan Gattis is battling dehydration Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the issue isn't serious and shouldn't prevent Gattis from working out. Acquired this offseason from the Braves, Gattis should get work at first base and in the outfield this spring.


Hinch: Evan Gattis to get a look in left field for Astros


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) 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
(1/21/2015) 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
(1/15/2015) 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
(1/14/2015) 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
(1/14/2015) 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.


Report: Braves' Evan Gattis in Houston for a physical exam


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Braves are engaged with three teams in trade negotiations for catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Wednesday. The Astros, Rangers and Royals have been among the clubs that have shown interest this winter, per MLB.com.

According to a source close to Gattis, he was in Houston on Wednesday undergoing a physical exam in anticipation of a possible deal. A rival executive told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that a trade agreement must be in place and the commissioner’s office must be notified before a team consents to a player having a physical. He hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats, but was hindered by a back injury over the second half of the year. Gattis won't be a free-agent until 2019.


Report: Braves still talking Gattis trade, but no deal imminent


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Braves are still talking with teams about a potential trade involving catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to MLB.com. However, no deal appears imminent.

The offseason trades of Justin Upton and Jason Heyward has created regular at-bats in left field for Gattis, who is listed as the starting left fielder on the team's official website. It appears Christian Bethancourt and A.J. Pierzynski will get most of the starts at catcher.


Braves, A.J. Pierzynski agree to deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Braves have agreed to a deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. Pierzynski's deal is expected to be for about $2 million, but it won't be finalized until January.

Pierzynski will fill a veteran presence to complement young catcher Christian Bethancourt, and the agreement also means the Braves are serious about moving forward with Evan Gattis in left field full-time, according to Eye On Baseball.

Pierzynski hit .251/.288/.337 in 338 at-bats between Boston and St. Louis in 2014. However, he managed to smack a combined 44 home runs over his previous two seasons.


Report: Rangers not interested in dealing prospect Gonzalez for Gattis


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) While the Rangers are interested in Braves catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, Atlanta asked for starting pitcher prospect Alex Gonzalez as part of the trade. However, that turned into a deal-breaker for Texas, according to MLB.com.

The 2013 first-round pick Gonzalez went 12-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 1.18 WHIP last season between high Class A and Double-A.


Report: Rangers eyeing Braves C Evan Gattis


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Rangers have shown an interest in trading for Braves catcher Evan Gattis in their attempt to secure a power bat, major league sources have told the Dallas Morning News. The Braves have also been shopping slugging outfielder Justin Upton.

Texas is more interested in Gattis, who is controllable for four more years and not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. Gattis can also fill in as an outfielder.


Report: Braves wanted Yordano Ventura in return for Evan Gattis


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) According to MLB.com reporter Mark Bowman, when the Royals expressed interest in trading for catcher Evan Gattis, the Braves asked for pitcher Yordano Ventura in return. The Royals aren't expected to trade their young right-hander in the offseason, per the report.

The Braves have been shopping Gattis around to multiple teams, including the Astros, Athletics and Marlins. If he stays put in Atlanta, the Braves are expected to move him to left field to start the season.


Report: Braves/Astros discussed deal for Evan Gattis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Braves and Astros discussed a possible trade for catcher Evan Gattis, according to FoxSports.com.

The deal comes with a twist, as Atlanta reportedly told Houston that they would have to take B.J. Upton as well. Upton still has $46.35 million on his contract, and the Astros were hesitant to take on that much money. The Braves were said to be targeting center fielder Dexter Fowler. Catcher Carlos Corporan's name also came up in conversations. 


Report: Athletics, Braves talking trade involving Upton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) The Athletics are discussing a deal with the Braves that would land them on-the-block outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Evan Gattis, according to Fox Sports, which is further reporting that standout starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is being dangled as bait.

Upton is receiving interest from several teams, but his free agency status after this season is a drawback for suitors.