"He felt great," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That was a good test on his part."
With Atlanta's heat and the way catchers are generally handled, Gonzalez envisions Gattis starting between 100-110 games behind the plate. While in junior college, Gattis sustained a knee injury.
"He's never done it before," Gonzalez said. "We'll monitor, keep him fresh. I think Yadi [Molina] might be the last one that catches 150 anymore. And you have the luxury of [Ryan] Doumit and [Gerald] Laird."
Gattis played 105 games during his rookie season, 42 behind the plate. The 27-year-old also saw time in left field (48) and first base (four).
Gonzalez isn't concerned with the small sample size. Gattis posted a 3.03 catcher's ERA and .993 fielding percentage in 2013. He caught eight of 24 basestealers.
"He's fine catching. He's catching well," Gonzalez said. "I think if I hadn't seen him catch 40 something games last year, I might be a little more worried about him stepping in, but he caught 40-something games and I think he did a nice job.
"I don't think he's a guy that I've got to worry about behind the plate. I think he'll do a nice job. I know he does a nice job following the game plan with the pitchers and that kind of stuff."
Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.