Just in case you are like many Atlanta Braves fans and do not know much about second baseman Tyler Pastornicky you probably got a great first look on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Reportedly there were Braves players who wanted to see Pastornicky get the shot at playing second base everyday if Dan Uggla wasn’t going to be that guy. What little we have seen so far should serve as a reminder of what he showed in 2013.
Remember that when Uggla was benched towards the end of 2013, Pastornicky was getting a lot of playing time and he was doing quite well at the spot. He was batting .300 with an OPS just under .700 which is good for a contact hitting second baseman. He has a little bit of pop in his bat but he is mainly a good defensive second baseman with offensive versatility who thankfully does not strike out a great deal.
If in fact he had not messed up his knee in a collision with Jason Heyward in 2013, we might have all seen a slightly different team in the postseason as well as going into 2014 spring training. As it is we have given Uggla another chance which has not gone well. Now, as Braves players have apparently suggested, Pastornicky is getting a shot at the job. Do not be surprised if he plays well enough to give prospect Tommy La Stella a full season in triple-A.
When it comes to the Braves and their second baseman, there really is no reason not to give the guy a good long chance. He at least deserves as long of a look there as Uggla received this season. The squeeze bunt being pulled off successfully on a tough pitch on Saturday spoke volumes about the kind of player this guy is.