Streaking Gattis making case for All-Star nod

Streaking Gattis making case for All-Star nod

HOUSTON -- Braves catcher Evan Gattis has not garnered as much All-Star balloting attention as the Cardinals' Yadier Molina, the Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy or the Giants' Buster Posey. But from an offensive perspective, Gattis has been one of the National League's most productive catchers this season.

Gattis leads all National League catchers with 16 home runs and a .561 slugging percentage. He ranks second to Lucroy in both batting average (.291) and OPS (.904).

The Braves catcher strengthened his All-Star credentials during a 20-game hitting streak that was snapped on Sunday. During his past 25 games, he has hit .357 with eight home runs and a 1.074 OPS.

When the most recent balloting updates were released on Monday, Gattis ranked fourth among NL catchers. He was more than 1.5 million votes behind Molina's leading total.

Fans can cast their votes for starters at and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.