Braves catcher Evan Gattis
Can a backup catcher be an All-Star?
Absolutely, if Gattis is the backup catcher in question. The Braves rookie lost his spot in the lineup when Brian McCann was activated from the disabled list, but he just keeps bashing the ball, most recently as a pinch hitter
Gattis entered the weekend as one of only 10 National League players with a .900-plus OPS over at least 150 plate appearances. He had homered four times in eight at-bats as a pinch hitter, most recently Monday. It was his 14th homer overall and made him 6-for-8 with 11 RBIs as a pinch hitter.
"I don't know how or why it's working out the way it is," said Gattis, who is following Josh Hamilton's trail from substance abuse to success.
Who does? But I know Gattis deserves serious consideration for the All-Star Game next month in New York. (Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports /June 10, 2013)
The Orioles are continuing to sign their amateur picks, with ninth-rounder Mitch Horacek from Dartmouth University agreeing to a $100,000 bonus.
The club has now agreed to terms with 10 of its top 15 – though not all have been announced yet.
Of the club’s top 12 picks earlier this month (through 11 rounds), only No. 1 Hunter Harvey, supplemental first rounder Josh Hart, fourth-rounder Jonah Heim and seventh-rounder Drew Dosch have not agreed to terms.
The Orioles have exchanged numbers with Hart and are expected to do that soon with Harvey and Heim. They have until July 12 to sign their draft picks.
Second-rounder Chance Sisco, a high school catcher from California, is expected to have his physical today, with the announcement of his signing coming later this week.
Horacek, a junior left-hander out of Dartmouth, is already at the club’s minor league complex in Florida. A 6-foot-5, 185-pounder who was drafted out of a Colorado high school by the Colorado Rockies in the 46th round in 2010, Horacek signed with the Orioles for $100,000, which is $41,900 under the slot recommendation for the 279th pick in the draft.
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