The main knock on Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis before he was called up was on his defense. Two games into his Major League career, he's essentially won over the critics of his defense with some solid skills behind the plate.
Gattis' form in blocking pitches is textbook and actually better than Brian McCann. McCann has a tendency to leave his throwing shoulder open, allowing the ball to bounce away at times. But Gattis stays square to the ball, making sure it's smothered in front of him.
Even on plays that don't go as well as Gattis would like, he still remains poised enough to see the play through. On a dropped third strike in his debut on Thursday, the ball nearly rolled into the Braves' dugout. Gattis simply hustled over, stay calm and delivered a strike to Freddie Freeman to beat the runner by a step.
And last night against the Chicago Cubs, Gattis gunned down Dioner Navarro trying to steal second base. Granted, Navarro is a catcher, but Gattis also threw out 38 percent of attempted base stealers last year in the minors.
If this is McCann's eventual replacement behind the dish, Braves fans have nothing to worry about in any aspect of his game.
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