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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Evan Gattis vs. Jon Singleton

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Sluggers square off as the Astros' big new power bat takes on the first baseman of the future.

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Here's a link to the first round's wrap up post (wherein you'll find the updated bracket) if you need it. Get those votes in while you can!

Round Two, Match Five

Evan Gattis, C/1B/LF/DH?

The Astros have been tied, via rumor, to any number of wild signings and trade targets in the past few years, so when Gattis came up early in the off-season, it was easy to dismiss as more of the same; after all, he doesn't walk much, isn't an elite contact hitter, doesn't provide any real defensive value, and isn't even that young. And then, suddenly, the Astros actually did trade for him. In hindsight, it makes sense; they dealt from minor league depth, and they, in true form, picked up a guy with one elite tool. Gattis' power is very, very real; among batters with at least 750 PA over the last two seasons, Gattis is 12th in ISO. --Brian Stevenson

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Jon Singleton, 1B

Singleton didn't had an outstanding debut, collecting his first hit, RBI, run, and home run with one swing. Unfortunately, his entire year was one to forget as he struggled like many rookies tend to do at both the plate and in the field. There were some positives to take away from the season, though. He had an above average walk rate and his BABIP numbers were lower than average. He also should a little more power than he has in the past, hitting 27 home runs between Class-AAA and the major league level. His previous high was 24 between Class-AA and rookie ball. Singleton is poised to have a good year this year. -- Timothy DeBlock