Resides in Forney, TX...Attended Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, TX, and the University of Texas-Permian Basin in Odessa, TX...Signed by Gerald Turner.
Graduated from Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas, Texas in 2004...played for a Dallas area traveling squad called the Dallas Tigers with LHP Clayton Kershaw, and a Junior Olympics team with DH Billy Butler, RHP Homer Bailey and OF Justin Upton...was recruited to play at the collegiate level with Rice and Texas A&M...accepted a scholarship to TAMU but did not attend.
Attended Seminole State College in 2005, but was sidelined by a knee injury...dropped out of school in early 2006.
After a few years out of baseball, chose to attend the University of Texas-Permian Basin in 2009... in his only season with UTPB, led the Falcons in nearly every offensive category...was named to the All-Heartland Baseball First Team...led UTPB with a .403 average, 12 home runs, 54 runs, 62 RBI, 35 walks and a .519 on-base percentage in helping the Falcons to a 38-21 record.
Following the 2010 season, was drafted by the Braves in the 23rd round in the 2010 draft...signed by Braves scout Gerald Turner.
Was one of two players the Astros received from Atlanta in exchange for RHP Mike Foltynewicz, IF Rio Ruiz and RHP Andrew Thurman on Jan. 14, 2015...is signed to a one-year contract that runs through 2015.
Led the Astros in home runs (27) and RBI (88) in what was his ﬁrst season with the club, and his third in the Majors...posted single-season career highs in games played (153, previously 108 set in 2014), runs (66), hits (139), multi-hit games (40), triples (11), homers, RBI, walks (30) and extra-base hits (58)...became the ninth player since 2000 to reach the 20-homer plateau in each of his ﬁrst three seasons in the big leagues, joining Yoenis Cespedes, Giancarlo Stanton, Evan Longoria, Jay Bruce, Ryan Braun, Dan Uggla, Mark Teixeira and Albert Pujols...ﬁnished tied for third in the Majors in triples with 11...had just one triple in his career prior to this season...prior to Gattis, the last Astro to record 11 triples in a season was Michael Bourn, who tallied 12 in 2009...became the ﬁrst player since Dale Long in 1955 to record 11 triples in a season without stealing a base...became the ﬁrst player in club history to reach 11 triples, 27 homers and 88 RBI in a single season...only three other Major League players put together seasons with those totals since 2000: Jimmy Rollins (2007), Nomar Garciaparra (2003) and Vladimir Guerrero (2000)...hit eight of his triples as the designated hitter, becoming the ﬁrst DH since Paul Molitor in 1996 to hit eight triples in a season...made 136 starts at designated hitter and 11 in left ﬁeld...ranked tied for third among designated hitters in homers (24) and ﬁfth in RBI (79)...the Astros went 37-17 (.685) in games in which he drove in a run...hit well at Minute Maid Park, batting .273 (79x289) with 15 homers, 48 RBI and an .818 OPS (.310 OBP/.509 SLG) in 78 games at home...ranked sixth among AL cleanup hitters in RBI (59)...ranked tied for ﬁfth in the AL with 27 go-ahead RBI...made his third career Opening Day roster, and his second consecutive Opening Day start...avoided a stint on the DL for the ﬁrst season of his career...homered in three straight games for the ﬁrst time in his career from May1-3...hit two homers on May 3...per Elias, joined Luis Valbuena (April 20 at SEA) as the second Astros player in a two-week span to hit two homers in a game, with one being a game-winner in the 8th inning or later...only one Astro had done that in the previous seven seasons combined: Hunter Pence on Aug. 17, 2010 at NYM...over a three-month span from April 26-July 26, was tied for the AL-lead in RBI (56) with Jose Bautista...this followed a stretch from Opening Day-April 25 in which he had recorded just one RBI...posted 54 RBI and 15 homers prior to the All-Star Break...became the ﬁrst Astros player to reach those totals prior to the All-Star Break since Lance Berkman in 2009 (18HR/55RBI)...recorded his second multi-homer game of the season, and the ﬁfth of his career on Aug. 26 at NYY...over his ﬁnal 21 games of the season, hit .303 (23x76) with three doubles, two triples, ﬁve homers, 15 RBI and a .925 OPS (.333 OBP/.592 SLG)...played in all six postseason games with Houston, starting at designated hitter...went 4x23 in the playoﬀs...was acquired from Atlanta prior to the season, along with RHP James Hoyt in exchange for RHP Mike Foltynewicz, IF Rio Ruiz and RHP Andrew Thurman on Jan. 14, 2015.
Appeared on his second Opening Day roster with the Braves...set career highs in almost every offensive category: games (108), at-bats (401), hits (97), homers (22), average (.263), OBP (.317) and SLG (.493)...became the second catcher in Braves franchise history to hit 20 homers in each of his first two seasons...C Earl Williams sets the record from 1971-72...his 22 home runs ranked second among Braves hitters and second among National League catchers...ranked second on the Braves with 13 game-winning RBI, behind OF Justin Upton (14)...became only the fifth player in Braves franchise history to tally at least 38 doubles and 43 homers in each of his first two seasons with the club...the last player to do so was OF Jeff Francoeur from 2005-06 (44 2B, 43 HR)...had a career-high 20-game hitting streak from May 24-June 24...batted .386 (32x83) with eight homers and 21 RBI...the streak marked the longest by a catcher since C Ivan Rodriguez had a 24-game streak in 2004 with Detroit...batted .353 (30x85) in June which ranked sixth in the National League...clubbed five homers in 10 games from April 14-26...posted his first career four-hit game on April 16 at PHI...batted .348 (16x46) from April 11-27, raising his batting average .103 points...collected his first career triple on May 13 at SF off RHP Ryan Vogelsong...homered in his first two at-bats on May 25 vs. COL (both off LHP Franklin Morales) for his third career multi-homer game and second of the season...hit his 22nd homer, which was a game-winning, 10th inning bomb on Sept. 6 at MIA...went 3x4 in the contest...missed 10 games in September after being diagnosed with strep throat on Sept. 8 and having a kidney stone on Sept. 17...placed on the 15-day Disabled List from July 1-21 (retroactive to June 29) with a bulging thoracic disk in his back and missed 17 games...appeared in four games with Triple A Gwinnett on rehab assignment.
Made an opening day roster for the first time in his career in his fourth professional season and batted .243 (86-for-354) with 21 home runs, 65 RBI in 105 games in his rookie season. Made his Major League debut on 4/3 vs. PHI. Homered to lead off the fourth inning to become the seventh player in Atlanta history to hit a home run in his MLB debut, joining Bob Horner (1978), Jermaine Dye (1996), Marty Malloy (1998), Jeff Francoeur (2005), Jordan Schafer (2009) and Jason Heyward (2010). Defensively made 91 starts, including 47 in left field, 38 at catcher, four at first base and two as the DH. Made his first career appearance on a postseason roster. He started all four games of the National League Division Series vs. LAD in left field and batted in the No. 4 spot in the lineup. Batted .357 (5-for-14) with one RBI, two walks and a .438 on-base percentage in four games during the National League Division Series vs. LAD. Through his first three games of the NLDS, was 5-for-10 (.500) with a .538 on-base percentage. Went 0-for-4 in Game 4. Became just the ninth rookie in Braves history to hit 20 homers in a season. Is only the seventh rookie in club history to hit at least 20 doubles and 20 homers. Despite making just 91 starts (played in 105 total games), led all Major League rookies in RBI (65) and GW-RBI (11), and ranked second in home runs (21). Drilled a pinch-home run in 4/18's eighth inning in his first career pinch-hit at-bat. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Gattis became the first rookie to homer in his first career pinch-hit plate appearance since Yasmani Grandal hit a pinch-home run on 7/4/12. Claimed back-to-back National League Rookie of the Month honors in April and May, becoming the first player to win back-to-back NL Rookie of the month honors since teammate Jason Heyward (2010, April and May). In April, led MLB rookies in home runs (6), RBI (16), and slugging percentage (.566) and hit .250 (19-for-76) with five game-winning RBI. In 22 May games (.303), led all rookies with 16 RBI while his six home runs tied for first. Finished in the top 10 among National League rookies in slugging percentage (3rd, .480), extra-base hits (4th, 42), total bases (5th, 170), doubles (6th, 21), runs (7th, 44), and outfield assists (10th, 3). Went 6-for-10 (.600) with five extra-base hits and four runs scored in 13 plate appearances as a pinch-hitter. Drilled his fourth career pinch-hit home run in just his eighth career pinch at-bat on 6/10 at SD. The franchise mark for pinch home runs in a season is five (Butch Nieman, 1945). Through his first 43 career at-bats, recorded five home runs to become the first rookie to record at least five homers in his first 43 career at-bats since three players did so in 2008 (Taylor Teagarden, Matt Joyce and Chris Davis). Posted his first career multi-homer game on 9/8 at PHI with both shots coming off of Cole Hamels. Place on the disabled list on 6/18 with a right oblique strain. Activated off the DL on 7/14 after playing two rehabilitation games (.125, 1-for-8) at Gwinnett (AAA). Over his last 11 games of the season, since 9/18 on, batted .302 (13-for-43) with four extra-base hits and six RBI. In his last six games, went 10-for-24 (.417) with a 1.065 OPS. Went just 5-for-36 (.139) in 13 August games. Was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on 8/31 and went 6-for-13 (.462) with three doubles, one home run and a .500 on-base percentage over a three-game stint. Recalled by Atlanta on 9/3. Clubbed his first career grand slam (10th career home run) with two outs (3-0 count) in the fourth inning on 5/22 off MIN's Vance Worley. Smacked his third pinch-home run on 5/21 vs. MIN with a game-tying solo shot in the ninth inning. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the fifth rookie in Atlanta Braves history to hit a game-tying or go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later as a pinch-hitter joining Jim Breazeale (1972), Ryan Klesko (1993 and 1994), Steve Sisco (2000) and Brooks Conrad (2010). Made his first career start in left field on 5/6 at CIN (1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 E). His first career start at first base came on 4/12 at WSH (0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 E). Homered in five of the first six ballparks he played in.
Entered 2013 as the Braves' eighth-best prospect according to Baseball America...Began the season with Lynchburg (High-A), batting .385 (30-for-78) with nine home runs and 29 RBI before being promoted to Mississippi (Double-A) on 5/1...Missed more than two months (5/20-7/24) after straining tendons in his left wrist....Appeared in four games (rehabilitation assignment) for the GCL Braves from 7/25-28 before returning to Mississippi on 7/29...For the season, batted .305 (83-for-272) with 20 doubles, 18 home runs and 67 RBI ... Ranked third in the organization in home runs and fifth in RBI, despite only playing a total of 74 games...Set career-highs with five hits and six RBI in a 13-2 win at Potomac on 4/15...Named the Carolina League Player of the Week (4/5-15) after hitting .469 (15-for-32) with three home runs and 14 RBI...Hit .349 (30-for-86) with runners in scoring position...Appeared in 53 games for the Aguilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League, batting .303 (59-for-195) with a league-high 16 home runs and 44 RBI.
In just his second professional season, clubbed 22 home runs and plated 71 runs while leading the South Atlantic League in batting average at .322 (109-for-338) in 88 games for Single-A Rome...Claimed Rome Braves Player of the Year honors after leading the Class A team in home runs (22), RBI (71), and OPS (.986) and ranked second in BAvg. (.322), third in OBP (.386), and placed fourth in doubles (24)...Twice earned South Atlantic League Player of the Week honors, for the week ending 7/24 and 8/14...Selected to the South Atlantic League postseason All-Star team...Honored by Braves organization as the Rome July Player of the Month (.253, 25-for-99, 7 HR, 24 RBI)...Posted a 12-game hitting streak and a 12-game RBI-streak, 8/13-24. Hit .478 (22-for-46) with 19 RBI...Had two 10-game hitting streaks, 5/10-30 (.,486, 18-for-37) and 7/15-26 (.410, 16-for-39)...Logged three two-homer games, 7/22, 7/23 and 8/15...Hit .430 (34-for-79) with 10 HR against LHPs compared to .290 (75-for-259) with 12 HR vs. RHPs.
Selected by the Braves organization as the June Player of the Month for Danville after logging a .385 batting average with four doubles.