Evan Gattis may “only be a rookie” but he’s certainly taken Major League Baseball by storm in his first two months in the bigs. On Monday, Gattis was named Rookie of the Month in the National League for the second consecutive month. The 26 year old hit .303 (20-for-63) during the month of May with 6 homers, 16 RBI, 5 doubles and 13 runs scored. Overall, Gattis has clubbed 12 home runs, 11 doubles and driven in 32 runs in 45 games (145 at bats). He’s on pace to hit 36 homers and drive in 96 runs. Fredi Gonzalez has said keeping his bat in the lineup is a priority, however, playing time has been harder to come by with Brian McCann and Jason Heyward both healthy and off the DL.
Gattis’ story is a remarkable one, so much so that you just wonder how much longer it’ll be until someone makes a movie of it. The national media has picked up on his story, and everywhere the Braves go, local media want a piece of Gattis. Throughout the whole process, Gattis has kept himself grounded and humble. I spoke with him today about the most recent “tribute videos” that have popped up online and he just smiled and told me how awesome it was to see how big the story has gotten.
Now comes the biggest question of them all…could Evan Gattis find himself representing the National League at Citi Field in the upcoming All-Star Game? Fans have been writing him in at a fever rate, and we all know that guys who are voted in will certainly decline to get a few days off. Gattis has already made it clear that he’d love to participate in the Home Run Derby which, as anyone who’s watched him take BP would agree, would be a sight to behold.
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