Evan Gattis, nicknamed “The White Bear”, is an American baseball player who plays in the Major Baseball League (MLB) for the Houston Astros as a designated batter/catcher. He was drafted into the league in 2013 and made his debut soon after. He is still a very important player in MLB today. Here you can find out everything about him.
Evan Gattis’ Biography
The star of the MLB was born as James Evan Gattis on August 18, 1986, in Dallas, Texas. He also grew up in Farmers Branch, Texas, and started playing basketball at the age of six. When he was only 8 years old, his parents got divorced and he moved to Forney. Although he had not yet come to terms with the effects of the whole thing at the time, it was to change his life.
He received his high school education at R. L. Turner High School, Forney High School, and Bishop Lynch High School where he played under different coaches. By the time he entered high school, Evan Gattis was already a great player for the future, and he was already playing for the Dallas Tigers, a traveling team. Although he was supposed to be selected no later than the 8th round in the 2004 draft, he was not drafted.
After he was unable to do the draft, he received scholarships to attend Texas A&M University and Rice University. And although he chose the former, he had developed a drug problem with marijuana and alcohol in high school. He was taken by his mother to a drug rehabilitation facility where he was hospitalized for the next 30 days, and from there he moved to Prescott, Arizona, where he continued his therapy as an outpatient.
When he returned, Gattis received a call from the team coach at Seminole State College, where he would only play for half a season before quitting after a knee injury and all he had been through. He took several odd jobs and then suffered from severe depression. Later, he met with a spiritual counselor and worked his way back to recovery and baseball.
In 2010, he returned to baseball and earned a spot on the Texas-Permian Basin Falcons team. Gattis performed well, and he participated in the 2010 MLB draft again, but this time he was picked by the Atlanta Braves in the 23rd minute of the MLB draft.
He played sometime in the Minor League where he achieved a lot before making his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2013. He played for the team until 2015 when he was transferred to the Houston Astros. In 2017 he won the World Series with the Astros.
Gattis has come a very long way since his debut in the MLB in 2013. At that time he received $479,289, which rose to over $520,000 by 2014. In 2015 he earned over $526,000, and by 2016 his annual income had risen to over $3 million. Today his annual salary is estimated at $6.7 million.
Who is Evan Gattis’ Wife?
Evan Gattis is a married man. The White Bear married Kimberly Waters in 2017 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Although it is not known how the Astros man and his wife met, it is known that they spent quite a long time together before they decided to make the alliance for life.
Although Kimberly has a private life, something is known about her. She was born Kimber Ann on December 23, 1986, and graduated from Texas Women’s University in 2011.
Height and Weight
When you look at what he has been through, there is no doubt that Evan is a huge man at heart. Physically, he is also a giant with an enormous height of 6 feet 4 inches and a bodyweight of 253 lb.
- His nickname “The White Bear” or “El Oso Blanco” was given to him when he played in the Minor League for the Venezuelan Winter League. He owes his name to his raw strength.
- He has a stepbrother, Drew Kendrick, who also played college baseball.
- Evan worked as a janitor, ski lift operator, and he flipped pizzas before he made it as a professional baseball player.