Astros to Acquire Gattis From Braves
Braves Re-Build Continues
The Atlanta Braves continue their re-build as they have reportedly shipped catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros. The Braves would receive prospects Michael Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz, and Andrew Thurman. Gattis would be the next player traded away from Atlanta this season, following Jason Heyward (traded to St. Louis) and Justin Upton (traded to San Diego), once the deal is official.
Gattis, 28, has played in two major league seasons with the Atlanta Braves. He has played a majority of his 213 career games behind the plate, but can also play the outfield. With Jason Castro in Houston you would have to assume that Gattis would be used in the outfield and designated hitter capacity.
In 2014, Gattis hit .263 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI. He has career slash line is .304/.487/.791 and could immediately impact the young Houston lineup with hitters like Chris Carter and Jonathan Singleton.
If this deal goes through, the Braves will receive Houston’s #4 prospect (Foltynewicz) and their #9 prospect (Ruiz). Foltynewicz made his major league debut in August of 2014 and went 0-1 with an ERA of 5.30 in 16 appearances. Ruiz, a third baseman, played last season in High-A ball with Lancaster hitting .293 with 11 home runs. The third prospect rumored to be in the deal is right-handed pitcher Andrew Thurman who played in Quad Cities in 2014.
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