The Braves are currently stacked at the shortstop position. The man who might come out of the pack is IMG Academy alum, Tyler Pastornicky. Pastornicky had a great year in both Double-A and Triple-A for the Braves last year.
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ATLANTA -- As Braves general manager Frank Wren evaluates who might serve as his shortstop next year, he will continue to discard any options that would block the path of Tyler Pastornicky, Andrelton Simmons or any of his organization's other impressive young shortstops.
With Alex Gonzalez on the free-agent market and in line to gain a multiyear contract, Wren has spent that past few weeks evaluating trade options and the free-agent market in search of who might serve as his shortstop next season.
At the same time, Wren has not completely ruled out the possibility that Pastornicky will begin the 2012 season as Atlanta's starting shortstop.
The son of respected scout Cliff Pastornicky, who played 10 games for John Schuerholz's Royals in 1983, Tyler has impressed many with his work ethic and the high-energy approach he brings to the game on a daily basis.
"He's a baseball player and he understands the game," Wren said. "He has performed well at every level."
Pastornicky hit .314 with seven home runs and a .773 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in 117 combined games with Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett this year. He struck out 45 times and drew 32 walks in 512 plate appearances.
The Braves were impressed with what they saw from Pastornicky during the 27 games after he gained a promotion to Gwinnett in July. He missed a couple weeks in August with a high ankle sprain. While hitting .365 with an .821 OPS against Triple-A competition, he seemed to give the Braves a sense that he is at least close to being Major League ready.