Pastornicky sent to Triple-A; Simmons coming to majors

The Braves’ future at shortstop is now.

The team called defensive whiz Andrelton Simmons from Double-A Mississippi to replace rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, who was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett after Wednesday night’s win against St. Louis.

Simmons, 22, will make his major league debut with a start in Friday’s series opener at Washington.

Pastornicky hit .248 with eight extra-base hits (one homer), a .281 on-base percentage and two stolen bases in 44 games for the Braves. He slumped recently and had seven errors and the lowest fielding percentage among major league shortstops.

“We needed more,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said of Pastornicky’s defense.

Simmons, who is in his first full season of pro ball, hit .292 with 14 extra-base hits (three home runs), a .372 OBP and 10 stolen bases in 43 games at Mississippi before Wednesday. A second-round pick in the 2010 draft, the Curacao native wowed Braves players and coaches with his spectacular defense as a non-roster invitee at major league spring training.

“He has special talents [at shortstop],” Wren said of Simmons, who has uncommonly fluid movements and reactions on defense, and was a part-time closer in junior college with a fastball clocked at 98 mph.

“Once the reports started coming in so glowingly that he was handling that [Double-A] level so well, we started at least giving it some thought as to when would be the right time, and we continued to call this week and everyone in player development that [assistant GM] Bruce [Manno] talked to said he’s ready.”

Pastornicky was 2-for-22 with one walk and three errors in his past eight games, after hitting .290 with five RBIs in his previous 18 games.

“It’s really disappointing,” Pastornicky said after being told he was optioned. “I feel like I can help the team, but it’s just something where they feel like I need some more work. They have every right to do that….

“I think it’s probably more defensively than it is anything else. I haven’t played my best defensively. It’s been kind of a grind, even with spring training. I wasn’t where I wanted to be defensively.”

Wren said Pastornicky had met expectations offensively, batting mostly in the eighth spot in the lineup. He said the rookie had also made strides defensively, though obviously not enough or he wouldn’t be getting sent down.

“We saw a lot of improvement from spring training,” Wren said. “We saw a lot of areas where he really stepped up. We just felt like right now, we needed a little more and so there’s some areas he could stand to improve. We think he’s got a real good chance to be a real good major league player but right now we think he needs more work….

“He’s always been an offensive performer. He got a lot of key hits for us, a lot of great at-bats. Batting in the eighth spot which is not an easy spot. He did a good job. And so defensively we want him to just continue to work.”

Simmons won the Carolina League batting title with a .311 average last season at high Class-A Lynchburg, easing some concerns about whether his bat would ever begin to catch up with his defense.

He looked overmatched at the plate at times during spring training while competing with Pastornicky for the shortstop job, but his defense drew attention and praise from the first day of camp.

“He’s got it,” third baseman Chipper Jones said midway through spring training.  “He’s major league-ready defensively, there’s no doubt about that. When everybody says that he’s major league-ready defensively, they’re saying it for a reason.”

Simmons has shown enough in his first year at Double-A to convince Braves officials that he can hit enough to at least keep his head above water in the majors, despite having only 20o plate appearances above the Class-A level and none in Triple-A.

Some scouts believe he will immediately be one of the best defensive shortstops in the National League.

“He’s played extremely well at Double-A,” Wren said. “He’s done everything and more we would expect. He’s swinging the bat well, he has more walks than strikeouts. His plate discipline is improving, and the reports have been glowing. I think the way the manager and the hitting coach there and our roving instructors talked in recent days going through, I think it was enough that we felt he would help us.”

248 comments Add your comment

TW Braves Fan

May 30th, 2012
11:08 pm

Time for some new blood!

Jeff

May 30th, 2012
11:08 pm

“simmons won a…….”

to be continued??

veer

May 30th, 2012
11:10 pm

In justice. His defense wasnt that bad. Uggla messed him up at times and Paster got the blame. Total Injustice

rico43

May 30th, 2012
11:11 pm

Love the defense with Constanza in left and Simmons at short.

kmarshall 4

May 30th, 2012
11:12 pm

woo hoo what took so friggin long

Earl

May 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

At first didn’t like it, thought they should give Pastornicky a bigger chance, but this could really help them avoid giving extra outs, and the pitching could use all the help it could get right now. Could give Minor and Delgado more confidence as well.

Bob Didier

May 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

Wow. Didn’t think Wren had the balls to do this. Now, maybe, he will demote Venters and Minor. They are killing us too. Flande and Gearin should be given a chance. Gearin should be up in place of Boscan soon.

kmarshall 4

May 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

simmons won a batting title in single a last year is what he won

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

May 30th, 2012
11:14 pm

I agree with veer. Crazy. Pastornicky was playing better than Jack Wilson.

I swear before I even heard this news, I was hoping they would cut Jack Wilson. He was horrible tonight. I sat on the 3rd row behind home plate and Wilson should have been charged with 2 errors, possibly a 3rd.

Batting a sizzling .171. good grief. Well, I guess he has the Braves on the hook for a million or so and they have to keep him.

I hate to call out individual players, but re-signing Wilson was a mistake. Hope to see Pastornicky back.

Brandon

May 30th, 2012
11:18 pm

@veer pastornicky’s defense was definitely not up to par. Uggla has nothing to do with that.

Fred

May 30th, 2012
11:20 pm

How in the world can they actually send pastornicky down!?!?! Alex Gonzalez hit .241 and hos defense was pretty good pastor’s D wasnt that bad, the whole team has been slumping latley. Whenever Tyler got on a hot streak it seamed that fredi would give him a night off! If simmons was hitting .450 with 15 homeruns in triple A I could see where they are coming from with this! What is the excuse to keep wilson… oh right he is a veteran leader, we have plenty leaders that can actually play: hinske diaz hudson chipper…

kmarshall 4

May 30th, 2012
11:20 pm

you can say it brandon he is horrible on d

kmarshall 4

May 30th, 2012
11:23 pm

no range and no arm equals triple a and a future as a utility guy

NorCal Brave

May 30th, 2012
11:25 pm

Ideally Pastornicky comes back up to replace Wilson, but unless Simmons is a total bust, more likely he’ll be trade bait.

kmarshall 4

May 30th, 2012
11:29 pm

simmons will help huddy more than anybody cant wait

Vino Fino

May 30th, 2012
11:32 pm

I think this is a good move. The Braves need defense out of SS much more than they do offense, and Simmons is clearly a better natural defender. Pastornicky has not been terrible, but he’s had more than his share of mental lapses in the field and at times tries to be too flashy.

Oh, and Fred- there is absolutely no comparison between Gonzalez and Pastornicky defensively. While Alex’s AB’s were mostly brutal last year, his defense was way above “pretty good”- it was spectacular.

ATLiens

May 30th, 2012
11:34 pm

Statically, the Rev was the worst defensive shortstop in the game. The move was warranted.

sam

May 30th, 2012
11:34 pm

Pastornicky isn’t horrible as a shortstop in terms of defensive ability…. he’s just below average. It’s his bad decision making that’s killing him. That flip to second play in the Sunday night game against the Nats was horrible. Very happy about the Simmons call up!

Timothy

May 30th, 2012
11:35 pm

WIlson is an all-glove no-bat utility man and that’s what the Braves signed him for: as backup. Up to this point, Pastor has been a no-glove no-bat player and the Braves can’t afford to be putting him out there every day if they want to make the playoffs. Not saying Pastor won’t get better, but he’s been the worst starting shortstop in the majors this year.

JWOOD

May 30th, 2012
11:35 pm

I think Pastornicky at least has close to an MLB bat so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him land somewhere maybe at a different spot.

TWO GOOD DOGS

May 30th, 2012
11:35 pm

THE PITCHING IS STILL ATROCIOUS, DESPITE THE WIN. PASTORNICKY WAS NOT BAD AT THE PLATE. BUT HE WAS BAD FROM THE GET GO IN THE FIELD. EVERYBODY KNEW IT. BRINGING SIMMONS UP WAS WHAT THEY SHOULD HAVE DONE AT THE BREAK FROM CAMP. HE WON THE JOB. SO MANY FREAKING EGOS IN THE FRONT OFFICE AND GONZALEZ. EVERYONE KNOWS A BUSINESS NEAR THEM THAT IS RUN SO POORLY THEY CAN’T SEE HOW IT SURVIVES. BUT IT DOES. NO ONE CARES IT JUST KEEPS ON AND ON. SUCH IS THE BRAVES ORGANIZATION. THERE IS INCOMPETENCE ALL AROUND US BUT WE ACCEPT IT EVERYDAY AND IN FACT ENCOURAGE IT AS LONG AS IT DOESN’T AFFECT US PERSONALLY. THIS ORGANIZATION IS A MICROCOSM OF WHAT MOST PEOPLE SEE EVERYDAY AT WORK. CAN’T WAIT TO GET HOME.
GOG IS GREAT, BEER IS GOOD, AND PEOPLE ARE CRAZY.

Durfmeister

May 30th, 2012
11:36 pm

Simmona should have had the spot after Spring Training ; the kid has it and will be exciting to watch. As for Pastornicky I feel really bad for him but his D was atrocious. It seemed he has a throwing error every other game. To the guy who said send Venters Down for gearrin you are nuts, Minor I agree with. We need to get our starters past the 6th and the pen will be fine. Once again we are taxing our 7-9 guys way too early in the season. The whole Wilson debate boggles me the only plus he has is that he is a vet. We will get rolling again we saw that the offense has gotten way better under our new hitting coaches, and our at bats are aggressive and smart (Ugglas walk #s among others are proof) GO BRAVES!!!!!!

Vino Fino

May 30th, 2012
11:36 pm

…and Jack Wilson is exactly what the Braves wanted him to be- a veteran presence who can occasionally spell at SS. He’s obviously struggling a bit, but he has come through with some timely hits and always seems to have solid AB’s. A team definitely doesn’t want two rookie shortstops on the roster at the same time.

BobDawg

May 30th, 2012
11:38 pm

The first thing you have to do as a Major League SS is field your position well so that we are strong up the middle. any offense is a plus from a SS.

VinceVanGo

May 30th, 2012
11:39 pm

I just hope that when Chipper is ready to come off the DL that Wren will not automatically send Constanza down. He’s a spark plug and deserves to be on the roster as much as Diaz or Heyward. I also think the Braves stupid for trading Drew Sutton. He could play anywhere on the infield, had a decent bat, and had major league experience with Boston last year. He would have been a huge upgrade over Jack Wilson. And all they got was cash. Cheap Wren and Liberty Media.

jed

May 30th, 2012
11:40 pm

it’s not a bad move, but it is a little bit surprising, especially given that we still allow uggla to play 2b. you wanta improve your defense? put uggla in LF next season. he’s GOD-AWFUL.

Alex

May 30th, 2012
11:41 pm

Pastornicky is terrible defensively at SS. He was literally on pace for the worst defensive season at SS in the history of both UZR and DRS (they’re not that old, but that’s still very discouraging). I think his future is something along the lines of an Omar Infante where he can backup SS and be a great utility player and hopefully an average or better starting 2B in time.

The reason he was sent down instead of doing something with Wilson should be obvious. The Braves still like Pastornicky and want him to play everyday. He needs to build up some confidence both at the plate and in the field. It will also give him time to work on things with no real pressure to perform. Why people would prefer to have him sitting on the bench in Atlanta instead is beyond me.

Who Me?

May 30th, 2012
11:41 pm

Yeah Frank’s doing some butt-covering with the pitching staff by pulling this move. I’ve been saying all along that Simmons’ is the sh*t on defense but couldn’t handle ML pitching, I guess everyone that doesn’t know that yet will very soon. But – that arm and his defense – are stuff that just make your jaw drop. This kid is for real in the field, those of you that haven’t seen him are in for a big treat.

And yes, I’d take Gattis for Boscan twice right now, tendinitis and all… but McCann and Freeman are back so maybe we can afford to give him time to heal right now.

jed

May 30th, 2012
11:42 pm

exactly…you need your up-the-middle defense to be strong. ergo, there is no excuse for leaving uggla at 2b after this season.

Don

May 30th, 2012
11:43 pm

Guys – if Pastor has any chance of being a solid backup – he needs to play everyday and that has to be at AAA. I see next year both being with the big club as Pastor will not be more than a excellent backup. Simmons has has real STAR potential, remember the Wizard of Oz, to start out did not hit his weight, but championships were built around his fielding talent and his hitting came later.

Who Me?

May 30th, 2012
11:44 pm

Yah gotta think that the starting rotation is going to look different by Monday, with the day off tomorrow and the day off Monday, it would be a reasonable assumption that you’d send Minor down for some tweaking for a month or so.

SR

May 30th, 2012
11:45 pm

Good Start- can he take Wren, Fredi and a few more with him, like Minor etc!?

bart

May 30th, 2012
11:49 pm

Excellent move – Simmons will improve the team defense significantly. We gave away 20-25 outs having Pastor/Wilson at short. I predict it will be less than a week before Simmons will be singled out for saving a game with his defense.

Brave Decisions

May 30th, 2012
11:49 pm

Posted something on Simmons today. http://wp.me/p2lqJ1-7I Great move!

Alex

May 30th, 2012
11:50 pm

What else can you do with Uggla? He’s not going to be a good defender anywhere on the field, but with his bat and contract you gotta keep running him out there somewhere.

Bob Didier

May 30th, 2012
11:52 pm

Yes, Jed, Uggla is awful in the field, can’t throw either. Hopefully, Ross will be improved by the weekend and Gearin will be brought up to help this struggling bullpen. After Friday, might as well bring up Flande too, for Minor, until Medlen is ready.

Who Me?

May 30th, 2012
11:52 pm

Venters should be looking over his shoulder too….it’s almost like he refuses to adjust his mechanics and i don’t understand why? EVERYthing he’s throwing right now is up. One would think he could go back and look at video from last year, pick up on something minor that he’s not doing right now, and make the adjustment via sidework or a short trip to Gwinnett.

Makes me wonder – is it lack of management from Roger McDowell or laziness on Venters’ part – or both??

Who Me?

May 30th, 2012
11:55 pm

and Congrats to Andrelton – make the most of it kid.

DZ

May 30th, 2012
11:56 pm

WHAT? Are you kidding me?

If anything, the Braves need to waive Jack Wilson! AGGH!

go-BRAVOS

May 30th, 2012
11:56 pm

Don’t worry all the people that wanted Simmons up will be screaming how turrible he is when he starts to struggle, which he will. Something needed to be done but that is what happens when you put a 21 year old rookie as your starting SS.
What I don’t understand is that Heyward has been just as bad as Rev defensively and worse offensively and yet not a word about him. I think Georgie should be starting over in RF when/if Chipper ever gets off the DL. DOB had the stats on Heyward since his first 33 games in his career and it is frightening.

Go Braves!

braveslover

May 30th, 2012
11:57 pm

Atta baby, Wren. Added strength up the middle and he’ll do ok with the bat. Simmons may be the Braves shortstop for a loooonnnngggg time to come. Glad now we don’t have Furcal. Walker will work with Simmons who will listen and learn unlike our right fielder. Love Constanza in left and at bat. I’m getting excited again. Minor won’t be a major much longer when Medlin comes back up. Whooo hoooo and GO BRAVES.

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Joe 12-Pack

May 30th, 2012
11:58 pm

Tonight, Jack Wilson had his first RBI since April 16th.

This guy is Greg Norton all over again.

Anon21

May 30th, 2012
11:58 pm

go-BRAVOS: So, thanks for clearing up at the outset that you don’t understand. Let me help you! Heyward has been considerably BETTER offensively and BETTER defensively (albeit at a less demanding position) than Pastornicky this season and during their respective careers. Thanks for playing!

Alex

May 30th, 2012
11:59 pm

Is that comment on Heyward a joke? His offensive numbers outside of batting average are far better than Pastornicky’s and he’s one of the best defenders in the league in RF even if he’s made a dumb mistake or two. The guy has been one of the 20 most valuable OF in the league so far this year according to fWAR, but you want to send him down?

Dirty Dawg

May 31st, 2012
12:00 am

Sorry but the kid was, and is, just that. I mean when he says that his defense wasn’t as good as he wanted it to be, says that ‘his defense sucks’…and it won’t get much better. Posters here, and you can bet every member of the Braves coaching staff and players, have been saying it from the get go – weak arm…lack of range…poor instinks – I mean how you gonna ‘learn’ stuff that you should have had going in…strong arm, speed, good hand/eye coordination…his only hope is that he moves to the outfield and starts hitting the daylights out of the ball.

Gene

May 31st, 2012
12:03 am

I will take the win, but you can’t regularly give up seven runs and expect to play in October. Freeman’s hitting is essential to winning games. It’s good to see that the Braves are moving some players around. The cliche about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results certainly applies to Fredi and Wren. Now, if we could only banish Wren to the minors. . . .

sugashane

May 31st, 2012
12:04 am

ATLiens

May 31st, 2012
12:12 am

Spot on Alex, spot on. Some people just have no idea what they’re talking about.

Matt the Brave

May 31st, 2012
12:14 am

Love to see the Rev start taking starts at 3B and 2B as well as SS at AAA. He does need to be a super-utility guy. The other option would be to move him to LF or RF. He’s got a decent arm, so why not move him to the outfield to be that super-utility guy that we’ve been missing since we traded Omar Infante to the Fish?

Biff Loman

May 31st, 2012
12:15 am

To anyone that says that pastor’s D is not that bad, just look at every single metric…he is dead last in the majors in all of them and has a weak arm to boot….he is not a ML shortstop

BBraves

May 31st, 2012
12:16 am

Pastornicky really needs learn to play multiple positions when he is down in AAA. That is his ticket back to the majors. Would be a great utlility player just doesn’t have the glove to stick at short everyday.

The Real Rev

May 31st, 2012
12:17 am

I love getting to play Gm, Owner and Mgr. without even giving my real name. I have been an avid BF for 46 years and will be till I die. [Brave fan] I have seen some of the worst trades, demotions, additions and promotions in the history of the game but on the flip, make all the adjectives positive and I have seen those also. I remember how Furcal stole Bobby’s heart in ST and he would never have let Simony go but he would also hold on to Wilson like he was gonna marry his daughter…but he would have found out about the best SS. Now fredi will never be Bobby,,but he should study the tapes and get some fire in his butt and some nerve in his game or move over for Chipper as player mgr since they dont lose w/o him. The move is good and will teach youngins’ a lesson about playing with real fire. J Hey could learn from this….

urban redneck

May 31st, 2012
12:19 am

feel bad for the rev……….but not that bad. i’m excited to see what simmons can do!!

went to the game tonight. good times, except when huddy gave up the five-run lead they staked him to. fredi is a moron for taking out huddy………..for “every now-and-then” jonny. plus we are back to being a team that waits for the three run homer to bail us out.

that being said, it’s nice to be on a win streak. yes, technically it is a streak. don’t burst my bubble.

ohhhhYEAH

May 31st, 2012
12:34 am

technically its not a streak until you win 3

bbua

May 31st, 2012
12:41 am

Last year we couldn’t wait on TP (who was better on offense) taking over SS from Alex Gonzalex who was below average on offense but very good on defense. Now we can’t wait for Simmons who will have problems on offense but is very good on defense.

Braves should have resigned Gonzalex and given both TP and Simmons time to develop in the minors. I’m excited but afraid the bloggers will on his case when he is unable to do much on offense. There is a lot of difference between AA and the majors.

REAGAN2012

May 31st, 2012
12:56 am

WITHOUT THESA

Anon21

May 31st, 2012
12:57 am

bbua: Right, but I think we all should have just accepted Gonzalez had little or nothing to contribute offensively and that we were only using him for his glove, which was golden. If people can just get into that mindset about Simmons–expect nothing from his bat, be pleasantly surprised if you get something–they will have more fun watching this very talented young man.

Mr. Dawg

May 31st, 2012
12:59 am

Too bad. Unfortunately this was obvious. He’s young. Hopefully now that he’s had a taste of the show he’ll work hard to get back.

kmarshall 4

May 31st, 2012
12:59 am

he is gonna struggle with the bat probably but who cares we need the d at shortstop

richy

May 31st, 2012
1:06 am

the rev wasnt exactly lighting it up at the plate. If your defense is that bad, you have to swing it good enough to split the difference.

kmarshall 4

May 31st, 2012
1:10 am

great move bravos now maybe we get some more pitching help wandy rodriguez rumors are out there that sounds good to me

Nevada Roy

May 31st, 2012
1:19 am

Keep Constanza … send Hayward down to Gwinnett.

Veer

May 31st, 2012
1:21 am

Now everything makes sense.
Braves got rid of Drew Sutton ( at the time we wondered why?) Well to make room for Pasternicky because they were expecting to promote Simmons to MLB.

They also wanted to get rid of Jack Wilson so thus in Simmons you have a glove that wouldn’t make you need Wilson so Wilson gets relased when Chipper comes back and the Braves keep Constanza as a result.

So this move had multiple purposes

Veer

May 31st, 2012
1:23 am

Pasternicky probably will be a trait bait along with Minor come July to get us a starting pitcher.
Noway Pasternicky comes back to the MLB as a SS. Braves have no room for him so its common sense he will be traded.

double

May 31st, 2012
1:27 am

Venters,I hate to see him come into the game.Not always been this way.Whatever the problem,it needs correcting.

JNick

May 31st, 2012
1:37 am

Should have never been an issue, had we never traded Elvis Andrus ;)

RoyU

May 31st, 2012
1:50 am

They said they were giving him the job out of spring training and Wilson was in at least once a week and far too often in late innings. That’s not helping with Pastornicky’s confidence!!!! Now they’ll probably do the same with Simmons and that will put more pressure on him. Maybe we should bring Bobby back every 6th or 7th game and give Fredi a rest. Maybe he would understand the pressure this adds to anyone who has to prove himself day in and day out. Bottom line is that Fredi will never make a good manager!!! He’s the biggest mistake the Braves have made in the past 20 years.

SR

May 31st, 2012
2:16 am

Well said go-Bravos, Heyward is lost as usual. Thought he had mechanics back and now he looks as lost as ever, the equivalent of Minor on the hill. Anybody else think they gave up on Cabrera too soon? Dude is raking out here, day after day after day…. Wasn’t that another Wren move? Just cut him and no one had the brain power to get his ass in shape. Now look at him, just like Pablo Sandoval. Dumb ass Wren.

Tyler (TN)

May 31st, 2012
2:51 am

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Tyler (TN)

May 31st, 2012
3:07 am

Heyward has 22 walks which gives him a .330 OBP which is good 4th among starters, 23 RBis Which is 5th on the team, .752 OPS 6th among starters, 9 stolen bases and 24 runs scored 5th among starters. He’s definitely not the weakest link. People fall in love with BA, sometime you gotta look past that initial slash line people.

ohhhhYEAH

May 31st, 2012
3:13 am

how about runners left on base? bet he leads that one too. and if there were such a stat as non-productive outs…guarantee he’d also be leading that category. so youre right, we should just look past his atrocious average and look at what he really isnt doing, such as bringing runners in or even moving them over.

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

May 31st, 2012
4:23 am

Once again, Wren proves he won’t hesitate to make the tough decisions that most of you fans do not. No more Care Bears Braves, time to do whatever it takes to put them in the best position to hoist that trophy

JNick

May 31st, 2012
4:25 am

Tyler, the problem is, he did most of that “damage” in April. In May, he had 1 SB, 3 caught…30 Ks (about 1 every 3 at bats), a .209 ave, .321 OBP and .728 OPS.

John A.

May 31st, 2012
4:27 am

Simmons brings something to the table that Pastor couldn’t…..RANGE and glove. If he can choke off three or four hits per game we are blessed because those are the type of things that cost ballgames.

Pastor is a nice guy, but Leo said years ago “nice guys finish last”…Simmons and Constanza also bring more speed to the lineup. Lets see what happens.

AW

May 31st, 2012
4:44 am

Now, what to do with right field? Why do they continue to play JH? Send him to aaa and try Matt D there .

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NORRIS CHUCK

May 31st, 2012
7:12 am

Hey, anybody know what number Simmons is gonna wear??

Nativebird

May 31st, 2012
7:17 am

Face it…this is not about Pastornicky…..they are in love with this Simmons kid. Have been ever since he “wowed” everyone in spring training with his defensive magic show. Honestly…they should cut Jack Wilson and keep both of the kids in Atlanta.

Willis

May 31st, 2012
7:19 am

Ask any good/great pitching staff and they will credit the defense especially the SS position with improved results. I still do not believe the cards would have won without Furcal last year simply b/c Theriot was awful defensively. It’s not all Pasto fault but Simmons is elite defensively and it really should help a young staff who primarily pitches to contact.

Willis

May 31st, 2012
7:21 am

I also agree Wilson sucks offensively despite his big hit last night but we cannot have TWO 21-year-old rookies at the shortstop position. I always thought Pastornicky needed more time develop and hopefully we see him up this year with improved resultes as he’s a good kid who did some things at the plate and has good athletisicism

OTP

May 31st, 2012
7:32 am

What about Uggla and all his errors? He is one of the worst 2nd basemen I have ever seen, except for maybe Brooks Conrad.

Pastornicky sent down to Gwinnett

May 31st, 2012
7:39 am

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BravesWIN

May 31st, 2012
7:40 am

Now send Jason Heyward down and get a decent right fielder and we will be ok!

Brock_Rok

May 31st, 2012
7:40 am

I wonder why Stefan Gartrell doesn’t get a look? Yeah he’s only batting .257 at Gwinnett, but he’s first on the team in HR’s (11), and second in RBI’s (30). Give this guy a shot, and lets see what he can do.

Marty

May 31st, 2012
7:49 am

Very tired of hearing about “advanced defensive metrics” — which are crap — but if you actually watched the games instead of relying on subjective “metrics” crafted by other people, you would know that Pastornicky has been poor to below average defensively this year. Uggla gets far too much flak for his own defensive play — he was very good last year and his defenses has suffered, understandably, when he has had to play alongside a poor (Pastornicky) or terrible (Hanley Ramirez) defensive shortstop.

just facts

May 31st, 2012
7:55 am

jayson heyward should be sent down to learn how to hit and hustle. uggla might be bad in some peoples mind but he does hustle

BraveDan

May 31st, 2012
8:11 am

Anxious to see the kid play.

bob

May 31st, 2012
8:15 am

I was hoping they would bring up Simmons. Surprised they did it so soon. Pastor and Wilson were not getting it done at short.
Hope Medlin gets up here soon. Heyward needs to go back to spring training swing and what’s happened to his defense lately?

Disaffected Braves Fan

May 31st, 2012
8:18 am

I’m sure Pastornicky is taking this news hard, and I do feel bad for the kid, but let’s be honest: He never should have been this team’s starting shortstop. I compared him in spring training to Jordan Schafer – a solid prospect who was rushed into a starting position far too early because the Braves were too cheap to sign someone else. Realistically, Pastor should not have seen a major league field until September, at the earliest. His defense still has miles to go (my guess is he’ll eventually end up at 2B; he doesn’t have the hands or the instincts to play short), and his bat isn’t quite ML ready yet either.

Simmons probably isn’t ready either, but at least he already has a legitimate big-league glove. That alone instantly makes him an upgrade over Pastor. Good move.

Richard

May 31st, 2012
8:28 am

Are you guys even watching the same player? Pastornicky has been awful defensively. It’s not just errors, it’s the plays that he doesn’t make (e.g. miss-timed jumps, weak arm, etc..). This is the right move; they gave Pastornicky a chance and he didn’t get it done. I think we all knew that Simmons was the long term starter there anyway.

biscuit

May 31st, 2012
8:37 am

I like Pastornicky and he was looking pretty good but he’s gotten into a rookie slump that he’s going to have to figure out and you don’t want that to happen at the major league level. Braves could be feeling that all year. Don’t need a frustrating rookie throwing bats in the dugout. Send him down now before it gets any worse and give him some time to get cool, calm and collected. Not what anybody wanted but I think it’s a good move.

DaveinNEPA

May 31st, 2012
8:40 am

I don’t understand why they just didn’t give the job to Simmons in ST. Simmons is head and shoulders above Pastornicky defensively. Pastornicky gives his all but he’s just not good enough to play SS in the MLs. I don’t care if Simmons hits so long as he gives us stellar defense.

BUT…………unless our pitching gets markedly better, this is nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

jason barber

May 31st, 2012
8:44 am

send minor and venters down put diaz wilson and ross on the disabled list and call up yohan flande corry gearrin evan gattis and jordan parraz and felix pie if you want to improve the offense…calling up simmons was a great start but now we have to continue that by getting the dead weight like minor and venters off the major league roster and it would be wise to put ross and diaz on the disabled list cause ross has the strained groin pull and diaz has the flu and we surely dont want him infecting the rest of the club with it….

jason barber

May 31st, 2012
8:45 am

replace pie with christian marrero

jason barber

May 31st, 2012
8:49 am

replace christian marrerro with corry harrilchaik whose down at mississippi

Jo

May 31st, 2012
8:51 am

248 average is pretty good on this braves team

Both guys are a little too young. I see Pastor getting better and better within a years time. Hope to see him back. Hes definately a good hitter. Was very good handling the bat for this team when it needed to move runners over. Has the ability to steal 40 bases a year. Should have been given more opportunities.

Id say pastor needs to work on D and patience at the plate

Jack Wilson should have been sent down instead

Jo

May 31st, 2012
8:52 am

BUT…………unless our pitching gets markedly better, this is nothing more than rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking ship.

TOTALLY AGREE!!!!

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