For the second straight month, Evan Gattis has been named rookie of the month in the National League. His numbers for May were:
Obviously the power remains incredible. The BABIP may seem a bit high, but as hard as he hits the ball, who knows where his BABIP will land.
Even putting the raw numbers, which are incredibly impressive, aside, we also have to consider how 'clutch' he's been. While we don't typically believe that players are more or less clutch over the long hall, in a descriptive sense, of course he's been clutch over this period. We worry a bit about the walk rate, but at the same time, it's impossible to know for sure whether his low walk rate is simply a symptom of being hot, and thus not needing or wanting to walk as much. Time will tell there.
Most importantly, we should simply recognize how lucky we've been to have Gattis, as he's probably the primary reason the Braves are in first place. He's currently tied for the team lead in fWAR, despite playing substantially less than the player he's tied with (Justin Upton). I don't think it's a stretch to say the battle between the Nationals and Braves would be a lot tighter without Gattis.
Also, I invented the term Gattitude. No really, I did.