Bits: Outlook for rookies Gattis, Grimm
May, 3, 2013
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
With so many interesting first-year players to watch this season, it would have been nearly impossible to predict that the top rookies for the month of April, as chosen by MLB, would be Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis and Texas Rangers right-hander Justin Grimm. However, that's what happened, as each thrived and ended up with the hardware. The issue for fantasy owners is whether to project continued success for these surprises, because while I'm not overly optimistic, each case is compelling.
Gattis hit a pair of singles in Thursday's 3-1 loss to Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals, but his time as starting catcher seems to be waning as Brian McCann and his troublesome right shoulder should be active by early next week. The Gattis story has been a nice uplifting one, as the high school power hitter has overcome drug problems and depression, and after traveling the United States trying to find himself, returned to baseball, hit like a champ in the minors and ultimately found himself mashing six home runs for the first-place Braves in April.