March 22, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis (68) hits a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Roster Update: Evan Gattis


This morning both Mark Bowman and David O’Brien tweeted out that apparently the Atlanta Braves have informed Evan Gattis that he will make the opening day roster in 2013.


Evan Gattis has been informed he will be on the Opening Day roster. #Braves
As expected, catcher Evan Gattis will be on #Braves Opening Day roster. Won job over Pagnozzi


March 20, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves coach Roger McDowell talks with pitcher Mike Minor (middle) and catcher Evan Gattis (68) on the moung during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Gattis’ line so far in spring training is .358/.375/.736 with five home runs and 15 RBI’s.  He’s a man that posses lots of power and strength as he walks to the plate with no batting gloves and a wide intimidating stance.

Gattis not only will make the opening day roster but also may start games early for the Braves.  With Brian McCann expected to return mid to late April and Gerald Laird being injured much of spring training and not hitting while in games, Gattis could be in line for some starts.

During the spring training Gattis has seemed to catch a lot of the games Mike Minor and Paul Maholm have pitched.  This could lead to a split role with Gattis catching these guys and Laird catching Tim Hudson, Kris Medlen and Julio Teheran.  This hasn’t been determined yet, well at least not to the media.


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One roster spot remains for the opening day roster for the Braves, parring any setbacks.  This battle should be between Anthony Varvaro and Cristhian Martinez.  But with Jonny Venters going down yesterday with a sore elbow and likely to start the season on the DL, both Varvaro and Martinez could be on the opening day roster.



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