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Tyler Pastornicky Will Bring Hustle to Atlanta Braves

February 10th, 2012 at 4:03 PM
By Cody Fields

There may be myriad questions revolving around Tyler Pastornicky as he enters Spring Training penciled in as the Opening Day shortstop for the Atlanta Braves, but mlb.com's Mark Bowman says the one thing that cannot be questioned is Pastornicky's hustle.

Drawing a comparison to Dan Uggla and Matt Diaz, two other Braves known for their hustle, Bowman says Pastornicky brings a "blue-collar approach" to the ballpark.

"He's going to be that guy who tries to run down the first-base line in 3.5 seconds after a chopper back to the mound. And he'll make every effort to get to every ball in the hole, Bowman said."

There are certainly questions whether Pastornicky can match the .314 batting average he posted between Double-A and Triple-A last year. Pastornicky's stats also indicate that he will be more of an on-base hitter who can swipe bags. He has stolen 146 bases in four minor league seasons.

The biggest concern among fans, however, is Pastornicky's defense at shortstop, particularly regarding his range. He committed 26 errors last season in 117 games, compared to Alex Gonzalez's 12 errors in 149 games.

Regardless of his production, what seems to be a guarantee is that Braves fans will see 100 percent from Pastornicky, for better or for worse.

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