Born: Aug 18, 1986
Dallas native James Evan Gattis was a highly regarded amateur player in his youth, playing with such future notables as Clayton Kershaw and Justin Upton. In 2004, Gattis accepted a baseball scholarship to Texas A&M University, however, family problems and anxiety led him to substance abuse. Instead of A&M, Evan went to a rehab center, then to Seminole State College in Oklahoma. There he injured his knee, burned out on baseball, then quit.
Gattis worked at several odd jobs around the country, such as parking valet, janitor, park ranger, etc. Suffering from depression, he once contemplated suicide, but thankfully got help and returned to college baseball at UT-Permian Basin, where he hit .403 with 11 homers.
Evan was selected in the 23rd round of the 2010 amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves, for whom he made his major league debut on April 3, 2013 at the age of 26 as a catcher. Over the next two years with the Braves, Gattis slashed .253/.304/.487 with 43 HR and 117 RBI, earning the nickname "El Oso Blanco", or in English, "The White Bear".
In January 2015, Houston obtained Gattis in a trade, sending Mike Foltynewicz and two minor leaguers to Atlanta in return. To date, the Astros have used him almost exclusively as a DH. He is hitting .238/.278/.448 with 23 homers and, surprisingly for his size and weight, nine triples.