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Prospect Evan Gattis is Spring Training invitee

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Catcher Evan Gattis of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Greenville Drive on August 15, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Catcher turned slugging left field prospect Evan Gattis is among the 21 non-roster invitees the Braves will bring to Spring Training camp this February.

The Braves’ invitees include nine pitchers: Ryan Buchter, Yohan Flande, Sean Gilmartin, J.R. Graham, Dusty Hughes, Wirfin Obispo, Daniel Rodriguez, Gus Schlosser and Alex Wood.

Six catchers: Luis De La Cruz, Evan Gattis, Matt Kennelly, Matt Pagnozzi, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez. Three-infielders: Nick Ahmed, Blake DeWitt and Joe Leonard. Three-outfielders: Todd Cunningham, Joe Terdoslavich (formerly an infielder) and Jordan Parraz.

Braves’ Evan Gattis is a star in winter ball

Evan Gattis

Catcher Evan Gattis (36) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, prior to the first game of a doubleheader against the Greenville Drive on August 15, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Rome defeated Greenville, 6-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

AJC’s David O’Brien reports that #Braves prospect Evan Gattis has been named player of the week in the Venezuela winter league with a .440 average, 5 homers and 12 RBIs.

It’s a little hard getting good information out of the league, but Gattis has hit at least 17 homers for the season.

Blake Swihart tries to break up double play

A sliding Blake Swihart (10) of the Greenville Drive takes out infielder Fernando De Los Santos (1) of the Rome Braves but can’t prevent a double play in the second inning of a game against the Greenville Drive on August 15, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Rome won, 6-1. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Chase Anselment of the Rome Braves

Chase Anselment of the Rome Braves in a game against the Greenville Drive on July 8, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Flying high to make the out at second

KC Clabough of the Rome Braves makes the putout on Garin Cecchini of the Greenville Drive in a game on July 8, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Rome’s KC Clabough turns a double play

Infielder KC Clabough (5) of the Rome Braves turns a double play putting out Henry Ramos (51) of the Greenville Drive on July 8, 2012, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Clabough was a 28th-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Greenville won, 12-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Lefty Gilmartin will be headed to Spring Training

Starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin (2) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, prior to a game against the Greenville Drive on August 16, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Gilmartin was Atlanta’s first-round pick (No. 28 overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida State. Making his second start of the season, he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Lefty Sean Gilmartin, one of the Atlanta Braves’ top prospects, is one of the non-roster invitees who will be attending Spring Training with the big club next month.

The Braves’ No. 1 pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Gilmartin was named the No. 20 prospect in last fall’s Arizona Fall League.

The club’s other non-roster invitees will include Christian Bethancourt, Andrelton Simmons, Todd Cunningham, Zeke Spruill, Stefan Gartrell, Jordan Parraz, Josh Wilson and Drew Sutton, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports.

Braves said to be relocating Matt Lipka to outfield

Shortstop James Kang (2) of the Greenville Drive is out at second base as shortstop Matt Lipka (5) of the Rome Braves turns the double play in the second inning of a game on July 18, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Rome beat Greenville, 7-3. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Braves tested out 2010 No. 1 pick Matt Lipka in the outfield during this fall’s Instructional League play in Florida.

O’Brien reported on his Twitter feed: “Took to it well, impressed. Will play CF in ’12 in minors.”

The Instructional League is a chance for young prospects to get some additional training end experience in a Spring Training environment in Florida after the regular Minor League season ends. Very little official news comes out of these sessions. The Braves have not commented on their website.

Lipka is highly regarded by the Braves, as you would expect of any top draft pick, but the team has a line of good prospects waiting for a shot at the shortstop job, which is where Lipka has been playing.

Lipka played for the Rome Braves this year in Class A, and appeared in several games at Fluor Field against the Greenville Drive.

Atlanta called up their top shortstop prospect, Tyler Pastornicky, when rosters were expanded at the end of this season. However, O’Brien has also reported that the team will be looking for a one-year veteran at short in 2012 until Pastornicky is ready for the starting job.

Atlanta also has another highly regarded shortstop prospect in the minors, Andrelton Simmons, who played this year in High A Lynchburg of the Carolina League. At the end of the season he was named one of the league’s Top 20 prospects.

And if you want to go deeper into the Braves farm system, they also have rookie Danville shortstop Brandon Drury, who was named to the Appalachian League Post-Season All-Star Team this year and was named the league’s Player of the Year.

So that kinda gives a hint of what Atlanta is trying to do with Lipka.

Infielder/shortstop Andrelton Simmons (33) of the Lynchburg Hillcats, Carolina League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, prior to a game against the Wilmington Blue Rocks on June 15, 2011, at City Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. Simmons was a second-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Atlanta’s top pick successful in Arizona

Starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin (2) of the Rome Braves, Class A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Greenville Drive on August 16, 2011, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Gilmartin was Atlanta’s first-round pick (No. 28 overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida State. Making his second start of the season, he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out four. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Lefty starting pitcher Sean Gilmartin, the Atlanta Braves’ No. 1 pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is picking up steam in the Arizona Fall League.

Gilmartin, who was called up to Rome in August and pitched a game at Fluor Field against the Greenville Drive, allowed one run on four hits over five innings and struck our four in his latest outing for the Surprise Saguaros.

(I wasn’t sure what a saguaro is, but wikipedia says it’s “a large, tree-sized cactus species . . . native to the Sonoran Desert in the U.S. state of Arizona.” Makes sense.)

Anyway, Gilmartin has struck out 14 and walked just three in his four starts in the AFL.

Other Atlanta prospects are also doing well for Surprise:

1B Joe Terdoslavich is leading the AFL in batting at .462 and second with .512 on-base percentage and .718 slugging percentage

C Christian Bethancourt ended his eight-game hitting streak Monday but remains eighth in the league with a .375 average.

OF Todd Cunningham had a multiple RBI game for the third time Oct. 19 when he drove in three runs.

Boston prospects who played with the Greenville Drive are on the same team as those Braves:

3B Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-5 with his third homer and three RBIs on Friday.

C Dan Butler was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs on Friday and is 6-for-11 at throwing out attempting base stealers.

No worries about the background on this card

RHP J.J. Hoover (48) of the Rome Braves, No. 24 prospect of the Atlanta Braves, pitches in a game against the Greenville Drive on July 8, 2009, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Whenever I shoot I always worry about getting clean backgrounds, so I’m sure I was annoyed that I got some clutter behind this shot of J.J. Hoover pitching at Fluor Field in Greenville.

I needn’t have worried, however. This Leaf card which I discovered for sale recently on eBay just wiped the background clean, and did my work for me.

I normally don’t care too much for dropouts, but I’ll be a big fan of this series of cards when the check arrives.