Nov 18 12:20p
Braves president of baseball operations said Monday that there is "definitely a possibility" Evan Gattis could move to left field next season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Braves have a need in the outfield with Jason Heyward dealt to the Cardinals, one which Gattis figures to fill, with Justin Upton possibly moving to right. That would likely open up playing time for the 23-year-old Bethancourt behind the plate. While Bethancourt hit .283 over 365 plate appearances at Triple-A Gwinnett last season, he drew just 13 walks with the affiliate and struggled mightily in 31 games at the major league level (55 OPS+). He is very skilled defensively, however, and the Braves may not have a choice but to let him learn on the job.