Atlanta Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella has shown signs of greatness in his short time with the team. La Stella, who was drafted by the Braves in 2011, was called up to the team when they needed him most; they were struggling against the Boston Red Sox and needed to add a spark, and they found that in La Stella.
Dan Uggla, Tyler Pastornicky and Ramiro Pena were struggling to bring production to the Braves’ lineup, and something needed to be done. The Braves decided that they would call up La Stella from Triple-A Gwinnett. The move seemed to pay off, as La Stella had a great showing in his major league debut, collecting two hits against the Red Sox.
La Stella is currently batting for the Braves, a far cry from the kind of production of any of the other Braves’ available second basemen. Not only has he been great with the bat, but he has also shown he can do it on the field. During tonight’s game against the Seattle Mariners, La Stella made two great plays in the fifth inning; he showed that he has great range to both his right and left.
I believe La Stella will be a very important part of the Braves this season. He has looked like a veteran and will likely continue to do so. With Uggla continuing to struggle, La Stella might be the future for the Braves at second base. He couldn’t have been called up at a better time, and it’s safe to say that the Braves have found a great, young player.