LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Christian Bethancourt has earned the attention he has garnered from multiple media outlets, including MLB.com, which ranks him as the game's seventh-best catching prospect
But as the first two days of Spring Training have passed, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has learned Bethancourt is not the organization's only impressive catching prospect. Evan Gattis has also drawn some attention during batting practice by providing a glimpse of the power he displayed while dominating Class A South Atlantic League pitching last year.
"I was telling [roving catching instructor] Joe Breeden, 'Man, we've finally got some guys that look like catchers,'" Gonzalez said. "Gattis looks like a monster. Bethancourt looks like he could put some weight on him."
While the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bethancourt has an athletic frame that could comfortably carry an additional 20 pounds of muscle, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Gattis already provides the appearance of an NFL fullback. He also seems to possess a fullback's mindset, as he hits without batting gloves.
Already 25 years old, Gattis is not going to gain highly-regarded-prospect status. But after winning the SAL batting title with a .322 batting average and belting 22 homers in just 88 games for Rome last year, he at least provided the Braves a little more reason to feel good about the catching depth in their organization.