Three days off did the trick for Tyler Pastornicky. The Braves sat the rookie shortstop for three games on their trip out west, giving him a chance to clear his head, and it’s apparent he used the time to its full advantage.
Pastornicky was hitting .175 when Gonzalez decided to give him some time to work with hitting coaches Greg Walker and Scott Fletcher. He’s hit safely in the five games since his return, while going 8-for-16 (.500) to raise his season batting average to .263.
Pastornicky said the biggest difference has been mental.
“The guys on the team have been awesome, comforting me and letting me know that I am good enough to be here,” Pastornicky said. “It’s something where I’ve got to get comfortable with that fact. It’s been a lot better. I don’t think it was really anything physical or mechanically. I think it was getting comfortable up there again. Once that started to happen, you get your swagger back.”
Pastornicky said he also watched some video of the success he had last year in Triple-A Gwinnett, when he hit .365 in 27 games. He also went back to using some old pre-game drills, getting back to his old routine.
“Just some simple drills, soft toss drills, working on keeping my bat path straight,” Pastornicky said. “It doesn’t really sound like a whole lot, but once you get that feeling back some things start clicking.”