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.
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.
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.