Pastornicky savors first big league chance

Braves shortstop prospect Tyler Pastornicky was on his way home from park-hopping through Disney Tuesday night in Orlando, when he got his first major-league call-up. Talk about a wild ride.

After Alex Gonzalez went down with a calf injury, the Braves turned to their top shortstop prospect for a little insurance behind veteran Jack Wilson. They’d told Pastornicky they wanted him to work out in Instructional League in case of an emergency. How about the final game of the season against the Phillies in a must-win game?

“It was a pretty good moment,” said Pastornicky, 21, who got the call at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and flew to Atlanta Wednesday morning. “…Just to be here is something you dream about, getting a chance to go to the playoffs. I’m still in shock a little bit.”

His first call was to his father Cliff, now a scout for the Blue Jays, who knew a bit about what his son was feeling. He played 10 games in 1983 for the Kansas City Royals. That was all he got, playing third base in an organization behind Hall of Famer George Brett.

“I think I caught him off-guard a little bit,” Pastornicky said. “He said, ‘No way, stop (messing) with me.’ I said, ‘I’m serious.’”

The Braves only planned to use Pastornicky in an emergency situation, needing another sure-handed shortstop with Martin Prado only a last-ditch option.

Pastornicky hit .314 combined in Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett this season and is known for being above-average defensively. He said he is back to 100 percent six weeks removed from suffering a high ankle sprain. He said he stole a few bases in the five games he played in Instructional League.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez saw Pastornicky play in five games in spring training and said his minor league reports all season have been good.

“Go get ‘em baby,” Gonzalez said. “Welcome to the big leagues, right?”

16 comments Add your comment

eskippy

September 28th, 2011
8:21 pm

McCmann and Aquahoss

September 28th, 2011
8:35 pm

Man man man man….
What are we gonna call this curse? A Cardinal Sin? Bahahahah

Go braves!

Fire Freddy

September 28th, 2011
11:50 pm

He needs to go. He just sucks.

t-plunk

September 28th, 2011
11:51 pm

why didn’t he get to pick up a bat?

mathman

September 28th, 2011
11:55 pm

Please get rid of Lowe, Linbrink, Gonzalez, Gonzales, Sherrill. Retire Chipper. Amd, let’s get a LF who can hit with speed. And, trade either Hanson or JJ.

John A.

September 29th, 2011
12:22 am

Mathman….I agree with your selections to go, but instead of either Hanson or JJ…..why not trade both and get that power hitter we need?

Did you notice the stunned look on Fredi’s face? He and Frank both need to be fired!!!!!!!!

yogi

September 29th, 2011
1:00 am

Clutch Conrad needs to go along with Lowe ,Linkbadd, and Sherrill

jebrett

September 29th, 2011
1:27 am

I think Prado should be used as trade bait also. Get rid of Both Gonzos, Linestink, Heyward as trade bait, Blowe, Conrad,Sherrill,Hinske,Wilson,Diaz then we make an offer to Reyes,and get some outfielders that can play.
I say keep Chipper, the man had almost 20 homeruns, and close to .300 average for an old man.

bill

September 29th, 2011
8:24 am

Oh my Fredi the baseball genius thinks he can play? trade him before its too late.

Fox

September 29th, 2011
11:49 am

Don’t blame Freddie Gonzalez, he did not get one at bat!!

BobRobert

September 29th, 2011
2:04 pm

jebrett you are an idiot to want that toxic waste dump Reyes. There are great shortshop prospects coming up. I would rather lose for a couple of years with out home grown kids than lost with overpriced free agents. Reyes can’t carry a team. What have the Mets won with him.

richbrave

September 30th, 2011
8:51 am

A 4-year .953 % fielding doesn’t seem ‘above average’ to me. Plus, that average has fallen considerably since becoming a BRAVE from the mid 960’s to the low 940’s now. I’d say put in more work at AAA while A-GON and JACK WILSON hold the fort in ATLANTA for one more year. Then see what we’ve got.

richbrave

September 30th, 2011
8:54 am

Just say ‘no’ to REYES and his retirement contract.

DEREK LOWE is what you get for big money contracts at career’s end, and that’s right where REYES is. Pulling himself after one AB should tell you all you need to know about this poison.

63 year Braves fan

September 30th, 2011
10:06 am

BRAVES OFFSEASON: Fire Fredi & Coaching staff except Roger M.
PITCHERS: KEEP- Beachy,Delgado,Hudson,Kimbrel,Martinez,Medlen,Minor,O’Flaherty, Teheran,Varvaro,Venters,Vizcaino RELEASE: Linebrink,Lowe(eat his contract),Sherrill,
TRADE: Jurjens and Hanson
CATCHERS: KEEP -Ross TRADE – McCann INFIELDERS: KEEP – Freeman,Pastornicky,Prado,
Uggla RELEASE: – Conrad, Gonzalez, Hinske, Wilson – RETIRE PLEASE: – C. Jones
OUTFIELDERS: – KEEP – Bourn , Costanza – RELEASE: Diaz SEND TO TRIPLE A – Heyward

Rufino Linares

September 30th, 2011
9:29 pm

63 year Braves fan… Senile? Stupid? Idiot? Apparently still watching games on a black and white tv. Trade McCann and keep Ross? Release Hinske? Retire Please Chipper? Send to Triple A Heyward while keeping Constanza? Oh my god. Please Frank Wren, don’t let this guy become GM!

poolcue

October 2nd, 2011
6:08 am

STILL WAITING FOR THE AX TO FALL ON FG. PLEASE DONT LET NEXT YEAR BE LIKE THE LAST ONE. IM GETTING OLD AND CANT WASTE ANOTHER YEAR. FOR ONCE THINK OF THE FANS INSTEAD OF HOW CHEAP YOU GOT FREDDY “NOT A MAJOR LEAGUE MANGER”. I MAY MAKE ANOTHER YEAR PLEASE DONT THROW IT AWAY ON FREDDY G. TIME FOR MY NAP. HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!~!~!!!!!!

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