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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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Hal Bent

Dustin pedroia comp?

May 29, 2014 09:36 AM
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BP staff member Mark Anderson
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No way.

May 29, 2014 11:19 AM
 
mikeryan

La Stella is many times better than what the Braves have been playing at 2B. He will help.

May 29, 2014 12:58 PM
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sbnirish77

What kind of chance did Pastornicky get?

20 ABs over one week? And that after getting only 15 Abs all year. Last year he got all of 30 ABs at the MLB level.

He hasn't had more than 350 combined ABs in any year at any level since 2011 at age 21. What kind of chance at development is that?

His development has been blocked by sitting behind that lug Uggla for 2 years.

Pastornicky is 11 months YOUNGER than La Stella.

Nice play at 2B tonight by La Stella blowing the game.

May 29, 2014 20:22 PM
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BP staff member Mike Gianella
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There's something to be said for the point you're making. I don't think much of Pastornicky, but he probably deserved more of an opportunity than he got.

May 31, 2014 08:18 AM
 
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