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IMG Academy baseball program Alum, Pastornicky named to Braves Minor League All-Star Team

Tyler Pastornicky

Tyler Pastornicky, IMG Academy baseball program alum, was named to the Atlanta Braves Organization All-Star Team for this season. Pastornicky had a great year in the minors and was called up before the Braves' last game of the season.

Shortstop -- Tyler Pastornicky, Mississippi (90 games), Gwinnett (27 games): It was a breakout season for Pastornicky, who was acquired by the Braves, along with Alex Gonzalez, from the Blue Jays in July 2010. The 21-year-old ranked third in the Atlanta farm system with a .314 batting average, became the first Mississippi Brave to hit for the cycle and was named the M-Braves' Player of the Year. His 27 stolen bases were second-most in the organization.

After batting .299 (10th best in the Southern League) in 90 games for Mississippi, Pastornicky was even better in 27 games with Triple-A Gwinnett, where he posted a .365/.407/.413 line. An ankle injury forced the Braves' No. 8 prospect to miss the final weeks of the Minor League season and, possibly, a callup to Atlanta when the rosters expanded Sept. 1.

"I'm just trying to get better," he said in mid September. "When it's my time, it's my time. If not, I've just got to wait. Just trying to get better, and whenever they call my name, I'm going to be ready."

Honorable mention: Andrelton Simmons

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