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Portrait of Tommy La Stella

Tommy La Stella 2BBraves

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 25)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
4 .265 0 0 0 0 .261 0.0
Birth Date1-31-1989
Height5' 11"
Weight185 lbs
Age25 years, 8 months, 20 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
2013
0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2014 ATL 25 93 360 319 22 80 16 1 1 101 36 40 1 1 3 31 2 1 .251 .328 .317 .239 3.9 -2.3 0.2
Career933603192280161110136401133121.251.328.317.2393.9-2.30.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2011 ROM A 63 270 .325 .259 .330 .396 .259 .337 108 18.8 7.8 -0.6 -4.3 0.1 26.3 2.3 26.3 2.3
2012 LYN A+ 85 358 .315 .257 .328 .396 .264 .305 94 22 10.7 -1.2 -6.6 -0.3 34.0 2.7 34.0 2.7
2012 BRA Rk 5 18 .349 .254 .336 .361 .256 .182 98 1.9 0.6 -0.1 0.4 0.3 2.0 0.2 2.0 0.2
2013 LYN A+ 7 29 .488 .260 .326 .402 .254 .556 104 7.3 0.9 -0.4 0.1 0.9 8.5 0.9 8.5 0.9
2013 MIS AA 81 324 .339 .248 .320 .375 .260 .380 94 25.9 8.8 -0.8 -3.2 -1.8 31.9 3.1 31.9 3.1
2014 ATL MLB 93 360 .239 .249 .309 .380 .260 .283 96 -7.1 9.3 -0.5 -2.3 -0.2 3.9 0.2 3.9 0.2
2014 GWN AAA 47 199 .274 .251 .320 .376 .244 .308 104 3 5.9 -0.7 1.7 0.0 9.4 1.1 9.4 1.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 ROM A 270 46 76 13 5 9 40 26 28 2 2 .328 .401 .543 .216 .325 26.3 -4.3 2.3
2012 LYN A+ 358 43 90 22 5 5 56 36 24 13 2 .302 .386 .460 .158 .315 34.0 -6.6 2.7
2012 BRA Rk 18 4 3 0 1 1 3 4 1 0 0 .231 .444 .615 .385 .349 2.0 0.4 0.2
2013 MIS AA 324 32 97 21 2 4 41 37 34 7 1 .343 .422 .473 .131 .339 31.9 -3.2 3.1
2013 LYN A+ 29 7 11 1 0 1 4 8 1 1 1 .550 .690 .750 .200 .488 8.5 0.1 0.9
2014 GWN AAA 199 18 49 6 1 1 23 25 14 1 1 .293 .384 .359 .066 .274 9.4 1.7 1.1
2014 ATL MLB 360 22 80 16 1 1 31 36 40 2 1 .251 .328 .317 .066 .239 3.9 -2.3 0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2014 1481 0.4943 0.4315 0.8498 0.6079 0.2590 0.8764 0.7887 0.1502
Career14810.49430.43150.84980.60790.2590.87640.78870.1502

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-09 2014-09-09 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Other Migraine Headache -
2014-08-12 2014-08-12 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Cramp Hamstring -
2014-07-02 2014-07-02 DTD 0 0 Right Foot Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 ATL $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Contract selected by Atlanta 5/28/14.
  • Drafted by Atlanta 2011 (8-266) (Coastal Carolina). $0.105M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 320 39 89 17 2 7 37 31 45 4 1 .318 .390 .475 .314 26.3 2B -5 2.3
80o 296 35 78 15 2 6 33 28 43 4 1 .300 .370 .448 .299 19.9 2B -4 1.7
70o 279 32 71 14 2 5 30 25 41 3 1 .288 .357 .429 .287 15.8 2B -4 1.3
60o 264 29 65 13 1 5 27 23 40 3 1 .278 .345 .413 .278 12.5 2B -4 0.9
50o 250 27 59 12 1 4 25 21 39 3 1 .268 .334 .398 .269 9.8 2B -4 0.6
40o 236 25 55 11 1 4 23 19 37 2 1 .258 .323 .383 .260 7.2 2B -4 0.4
30o 221 22 50 10 1 4 21 17 35 2 1 .248 .311 .367 .251 4.7 2B -3 0.1
20o 204 20 43 8 1 3 19 15 33 2 1 .236 .297 .348 .240 2.2 2B -3 -0.1
10o 180 16 36 7 1 3 16 13 30 2 0 .220 .278 .323 .224 -0.7 2B -3 -0.4
Weighted Mean2572862121526223931.273.340.405.27411.22B -40.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 5% 16% 32% 47%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20152654164130243125844836.268.333.402.2691.320.6-0.23.512.84.5-8.5
201627632731493041266491006.265.330.398.2661.422.5-0.23.914.93.8-10.0
20172861271144284126548925.263.327.396.2651.221.1-0.43.614.92.9-9.6
20182960171142274126451955.264.334.397.2671.422.0-0.53.414.94.2-9.5
20193060870142273126350984.262.329.389.2631.119.5-0.83.314.92.1-9.6
202031639771573031471511063.276.340.415.2741.725.9-0.93.314.98.6-10.1
202132612721422731466511032.260.329.397.2651.119.9-0.93.014.92.9-9.7
202233624751482831569501071.264.330.405.2681.221.2-1.12.814.94.5-9.8
202334603691352431262481140.251.318.376.2540.312.7-1.12.614.9-3.7-9.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
0.53.42.71.22.70.910.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Jarrett Hoffpauir 2008 .000 DNP
2 89 Eric Sogard 2011 .196
3 87 Scott Sizemore 2010 .219
4 86 Cord Phelps 2012 .204
5 85 Adrian Cardenas 2013 .000 DNP
6 84 Tyler Bortnick 2013 .000 DNP
7 83 David Adams 2012 .000 DNP
8 83 Brad Emaus 2011 .141
9 82 Callix Crabbe 2008 .205
10 82 Johnny Giavotella 2013 .253
11 81 Dean Anna 2012 .000 DNP
12 81 Yangervis Solarte 2013 .000 DNP
13 81 Zelous Wheeler 2012 .000 DNP
14 80 Chris Getz 2009 .239
15 80 Peter Ciofrone 2009 .000 DNP
16 80 Cole Figueroa 2012 .000 DNP
17 79 Eric Patterson 2008 .196
18 79 Steve Tolleson 2009 .000 DNP
19 79 Justin Turner 2010 .092
20 79 Jairo Perez 2013 .000 DNP
21 79 Taylor Green 2012 .219
22 79 Chris Carter 2008 .253
23 79 Freddy Sandoval 2008 .180
24 79 Bubba Bell 2008 .000 DNP
25 78 Adalberto Santos 2013 .000 DNP
26 78 Conor Gillaspie 2013 .259
27 78 Jordan Brown 2009 .000 DNP
28 78 Matt Carpenter 2011 .156
29 78 Brian Dozier 2012 .224
30 78 Ryan Cavan 2012 .000 DNP
31 78 John Jaso 2009 .000 DNP
32 78 Logan Forsythe 2012 .272
33 77 Gaby Sanchez 2009 .270
34 77 Alex Hassan 2013 .000 DNP
35 77 James Darnell 2012 .235
36 77 Jemile Weeks 2012 .232
37 77 Brock Bond 2011 .000 DNP
38 77 Matt Antonelli 2010 .000 DNP
39 77 Logan Schafer 2012 .298
40 77 Carlos Alonso 2013 .000 DNP
41 77 Erik Komatsu 2013 .000 DNP
42 76 Matt Hague 2011 .000 DNP
43 76 Jason Kipnis 2012 .262
44 76 David Cooper 2012 .285
45 76 Javier Brito 2008 .000 DNP
46 76 Jake Elmore 2012 .186
47 76 Brock Holt 2013 .230
48 76 Kevin Nolan 2013 .000 DNP
49 76 Ryan Flaherty 2012 .222
50 76 Jim Negrych 2010 .000 DNP
51 76 Christian Marrero 2012 .000 DNP
52 76 Shane Peterson 2013 .167
53 76 Eric Campbell 2012 .000 DNP
54 76 Yamaico Navarro 2013 .235
55 76 Jermaine Curtis 2013 .233
56 76 Travis Denker 2011 .000 DNP
57 76 Reese Havens 2012 .000 DNP
58 76 Rich Poythress 2013 .000 DNP
59 75 Vince Belnome 2013 .000 DNP
60 75 Brian Dinkelman 2009 .000 DNP
61 75 Tug Hulett 2008 .225
62 75 Jake Goebbert 2013 .000 DNP
63 75 Scott Campbell 2010 .000 DNP
64 75 Leonys Martin 2013 .256
65 75 Bryan Byrne 2009 .000 DNP
66 75 Jesus Guzman 2009 .151
67 75 Trevor Crowe 2009 .223
68 75 Brian Horwitz 2008 .270
69 75 John Drennen 2012 .000 DNP
70 75 Danny Richar 2008 .157
71 75 Thomas Neal 2013 .158
72 74 Mike O'Neill 2013 .000 DNP
73 74 Tommy Field 2012 .175
74 74 Bronson Sardinha 2008 .000 DNP
75 74 Stephen Parker 2013 .000 DNP
76 74 Chris Nowak 2008 .000 DNP
77 74 Sean Coughlin 2010 .000 DNP
78 74 Jorge Jimenez 2010 .000 DNP
79 74 Daniel Descalso 2012 .240
80 74 Charles Cutler 2012 .000 DNP
81 74 Jon Jay 2010 .295
82 74 Josh Rodriguez 2010 .000 DNP
83 74 Josh Satin 2010 .000 DNP
84 74 Jamie Hoffmann 2010 .000 DNP
85 74 Brandon Douglas 2011 .000 DNP
86 74 Josh Johnson 2011 .000 DNP
87 74 Dustin Ackley 2013 .251
88 74 Brian Bogusevic 2009 .000 DNP
89 73 Kevin Russo 2010 .176
90 73 Nate Tenbrink 2012 .000 DNP
91 73 Jordan Parraz 2010 .000 DNP
92 73 Yonder Alonso 2012 .275
93 73 Chris Coghlan 2010 .274
94 73 Brian Friday 2011 .000 DNP
95 73 Chris Pettit 2010 .000 DNP
96 73 Ben Francisco 2007 .273
97 73 Seth Smith 2008 .279
98 73 Chad Huffman 2010 .187
99 73 Jaime Pedroza 2012 .000 DNP
100 73 Jonathan Ash 2008 .000 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Tommy La Stella is a smallish second baseman who must continue to hit to make it.
2012 Tommy La Stella is a buggy infielder from Coastal Carolina drafted in the eighth round. The book on La Stella is that he can hit, but he has to find a place on the diamond to play. True to form, La Stella hit .328/.401/.543 in his first exposure to professional ball.

BP Articles

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: My Personal Scorecard: Part 2 - National LeagueMike Gianella2014-10-20
BP Unfiltered: IBA Update: October 9Craig Goldstein2014-10-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessInterleague Report: Week 25Jeff Quinton2014-09-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: September 10, 2014Daniel Rathman2014-09-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Week 21Bret Sayre2014-08-21
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Week 21Mike Gianella2014-08-21
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: August 19, 2014Chris Mosch2014-08-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Angels are in for a StreetChris Rodriguez2014-07-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Angels are in for a StreetR.J. Anderson2014-07-19
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Angels are in for a StreetMauricio Rubio2014-07-19
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Midseason Keeper League FAAB StrategyJeff Quinton2014-07-17
Overthinking It: June in Catcher FramingBen Lindbergh2014-07-02
The 2011 Redraft: Redoing a Deep First RoundBaseball Prospectus2014-07-02
Daily League Strategy: A Bargain First BasemanPaul Sporer2014-07-02
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 10Mike Gianella2014-06-05
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 10Bret Sayre2014-06-05
This article requires BP Premium accessWhat You Need to Know: Reversals of FortuneDaniel Rathman2014-05-30
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 19: Elbow Boo BooMauricio Rubio2014-05-29
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 19: Elbow Boo BooBen Carsley2014-05-29
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 19: Elbow Boo BooCraig Goldstein2014-05-29
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 19: Elbow Boo BooBret Sayre2014-05-29
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Tommy La StellaMark Anderson2014-05-29
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Tommy La StellaMike Gianella2014-05-29
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Finding Trade TargetsBen Murphy2014-05-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Finding Trade TargetsIan Lefkowitz2014-05-09
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Finding Trade TargetsJared Weiss2014-05-09
What Scouts Are Saying: April 10, 2014Baseball Prospectus2014-04-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: Small-Sample Numbers That MatterCraig Goldstein2014-04-09
Prospectus Preview: NL East 2014 Preseason PreviewSam Miller2014-03-24
Prospectus Preview: NL East 2014 Preseason PreviewWill Woods2014-03-24
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 13Jeff Moore2014-03-14
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Spring Training Games of March 10Jeff Moore2014-03-11
This article requires BP Premium accessRumor Roundup: A Trio of Infield UpdatesDaniel Rathman2014-03-04
This article requires BP Premium accessPainting the Black: The Prospect Proximity RankingsR.J. Anderson2014-03-03
Minor League Update: Spring Training Games of February 28-March 2Jeff Moore2014-03-03
This article requires BP Premium accessProspects Will Break Your Heart: Atlanta Braves Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2014-02-25
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Team Preview: Atlanta BravesPaul Sporer2014-02-25
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessMock Auction Analysis: AL- and NL-Only Mike Gianella2014-02-20
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Second BasemenIan Lefkowitz2014-01-31
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Second BasemenJared Weiss2014-01-31
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTTO Scoresheet Podcast: Second BasemenBen Murphy2014-01-31
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Second Base ProspectsCraig Goldstein2014-01-30
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: AFL Recap for Games of October 17Jeff Moore2013-10-18
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Thursday, August 15Zach Mortimer2013-08-16
Pebble Hunting: The BP Staff Tries to Trade, and Trade For, Jake PeavySam Miller2013-07-29
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, May 7Zach Mortimer2013-05-08
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, April 30Zach Mortimer2013-05-01
Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Atlanta Braves Top 10 ProspectsJason Parks2013-03-07
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: NL East Draft WrapKevin Goldstein2011-07-05


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-05-28 14:15:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Tommy La Stella being called up today?
(mark from North Dakota)
Initial reaction: offensively, it's hard to be less like Uggla than that. We'll have a full Call-Up article on him tomorrow. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think Tommy La Stella projects at the MLB level? With Uggla's struggling continuing, and the Braves' offense currently in a rut, is there a chance La Stella makes it up by the break? Ramiro Pena is a great super-sub, and Tyler Pastornicky is a roster spot capable of multiple positions, but it seems the Braves could maybe start getting some MLB looks for La Stella to see what he is. Thanks. My first time, so apologies if I violated any protocols.
(@Jervass from Atlanta)
It's hard to say what the Braves are going to do because there's such a strong influence of money involved with Uggla's contract. Of course, that's sunk cost, so there's no reason for them to ruin a potentially good season because they already screwed up. We all know that teams do that all the time, though. As for La Stella...hitters gonna hit. He's not a good second baseman, but Uggla isn't exactly Robbie Alomar out there either. He's probably their best option, the only question is when the Braves are willing to have an expensive one-dimensional bench player in Uggla. I don't think we'll see a complete change, but I wouldn't be surprised to see La Stella up this summer at some point in some kind of time-share deal at second. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Scoresheet league.Just traded Kyle Zimmer for Henry Owens and Tommy La Stella.Was somewhat concerned with Zimmer's various ailments although reports greatly vary.How concerned are you and where do you see Owens and La Stella down the road ?
(Spirou from Montreal)
That's not a bad deal, especially if you're looking to get out from under the potential troubles of Zimm. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Help! I have Team 6 in NL All Stars, a 2-time defending division champ. In my quest to try to win the title last year (falling just short), I traded away many of my draft picks for this year. That meant that I wasn't able to draft much depth this year, and what depth I was able to draft (or keep), and whom I was counting on (hoping) to play in the majors are not (George Kottaras, Tommy La Stella, Oscar Tavares, Wilmer Flores, Tony Abreu) or are injured (Carlos Quentin with his annual injury, Josh Johnson). All of this leaves me with exactly one C, two 1B, one 2B, one part-time 3B, one SS, four OFers, five SPs (plus Thornburg), and five SRs. I have three SPs that are in the minors or should pitch later this year (TJ surgery-all Padres) and the aforementioned players languishing in the minors. I'm still competitive (above .500) and wish to remain so this year. What should I be looking for in the upcoming supps? I'd like another SP, but the best two available are Jorge de la Rosa & Jordan Lyles. I don't trust either. Or should I just try to eliminate all the AAA appearances by infielder and outfielder and draft accordingly?
(Mark68 from A Mile High)
We'd probably go with the best SP with one pick and the best middle infielder with the second since a sixth starter can be used regardless and middle infield depth is one of the most painful places to see AAA show up on the weekly results. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do I need to be looking over my shoulder at Tommy La Stella? Will the hit tool play at the majors and will he offer enough beyond OBP to be useful in real life and/or fantasy?
(Dan Uggla from Keystone)
I've been a big LaStella fan since his days at Coastal Carolina. I pushed pretty hard for him to be ranked in the Braves Top 10 here last year and his performance justified that ranking. The kid can flat out hit. He knows the zone, has a plan, can adjust on the fly, can barrel the ball, and has enough strengths to find the gaps consistently. That's a helluva player. The glove plays better than I think he's given credit for, but the bat is the carrying tool. If the Braves are willing to eat some money on Uggla, I really believe LaStella can step into a big league lineup an hit. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any insight or thoughts on why Tommy La Stella was left off the Fall Stars roster?
(nick melotte from Atlanta)
I don't have insights on that particular decision, but La Stella is still a fringy guy for me. Can hit, but nothing else really pops, and the overall profile seems more second division regular, which isn't all that sexy at 2b. (Nick J. Faleris)


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