Found February 08, 2013 on Atlanta Bullpen:
Evan Gattis has tremendous power A few weeks ago, Braves farm hand Evan Gattis was all the rage in the media.  His colorful personal journey was told, and re-told, and his daily exploits in the Venezuelan league were tracked like the Dow Jones. We learned that the 6’3″ 235 pound Gattis was nicknamed El Oso Blanco “The White Bear” by the Venezuelans, and that he was a serious contender for the Braves open left field position. Since Justin Upton was acquired to play left field, the Evan Gatts train has slowed.  He is now a bit player in the soon to unfold drama called spring training, not the leading man that he was up until the Justin Upton acquisition.  Rather than compete for the starting job in left field, he will be vying to pick up the catching scraps that are available due to Brian McCann‘s shoulder surgery, and perhaps a bench spot when McCann returns. Unfortunately, the Braves may never find out if Gattis has what it takes to make an impact in the major leagues in a starting ...
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