Evan Gattis Is An Ogre With A Battle Axe
This is Evan Gattis’ two-run bomb off of Stephen Strasburg yesterday.
The pitch: An 0-1, eye-high, 97 mph fastball from most peoples’ pick to win the NL Cy Young.
The swing: Explosive. I can’t help but think of Captain Caveman*.
*A far better nickname for Gattis than “El Oso Blanco” or whatever the hell they’re calling him in Atlanta.
The velocity off the bat: 106.1 mph
The elevation angle: 29.1º
The distance: 426 feet
The verdict: Lumberjack beard? Check. No batting gloves? Check. Freakish levels of DadStrength™? Check. Lightning quick hands? Check. Fascinating back story? Check. Plays a position that you have to be an absolute lunatic to play (and genuinely seems to enjoy it)? Check.
We’re in love.