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May 29, 2014

The Call-Up

Tommy La Stella

by Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella


The Situation: The Braves incumbent second basemen, Dan Uggla (.177/.254/.257) and Tyler Pastornicky (.200/.317/.257), have struggled mightily so far this season, and as a result, the club is looking for a spark to help their offense. On the horizon, the Braves' no. 6 ranked prospect (by Baseball Prospectus) Tommy La Stella will get a chance to have an impact with the big-league club.

Background: An eighth round pick in 2011, La Stella breezed through the minor leagues, reaching Triple-A in just his third full season. After hitting .328 in 63 games during his debut with Low-A Rome in 2011, La Stella hit .302 with 22 doubles and more walks than strikeouts in 88 High-A games in 2012. He returned to High-A in 2013 and hit a whopping .550 in seven games before moving on to the biggest challenge of his career, posting a .343/.422/.473 line in 81 games at Double-A. The Braves remained committed to pushing La Stella through the system as he moved on to Triple-A in 2014 where he has hit .293 with 25 walks against just 14 strikeouts in 47 games.

Scouting Report: La Stella isn’t a physical (5-foot-11, 185) or particularly toolsy prospect, but what he does, he does exceptionally well. It’s easy to criticize a player with below-average speed and below-average power, but at some point, you have to give a guy credit for what he can do.

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