When people think of the Atlanta Braves' current farm system, they think of Julio Teheran and the great pitching depth that they have. It’s true that the Braves really lack a true go-to offensive prospect, but they still do have some talented ones that have good potential.
One of them is Tyler Pastornicky. The shortstop from Bradenton, Florida is without question the Braves most major league-ready offensive player still in the minors.
Pastornicky is often overlooked by scouts as he doesn't have the super high potential or multiple plus "tools". What is does have is solid tools across the board and doesn't have a true weakness.
Following a 2010 season in which he posted a slash of .257/.343/.373 with eight homers while also picking up 35 steals, Pastonicky has seen his stats take a huge leap forward in 2011.
He is currently posting a slash of .314/.361/.462 in the AA affiliate Mississippi Braves. He's hit four home runs and stolen eight bases while knocking in 25 runs and scoring 23 times, all in 42 games. That’s pretty good, right?
The one stat that really stands out from the rest are the steals that Pastornicky racks up. He's not extremely fast, but has used his very good speed well so far in his minor league career as he's been very good in this category. In his three full minor league seasons, Pastornicky has racked up 27, 57, and 35 steals. He's only been caught stealing 32 times in those seasons as well, making his stolen base percentage 78.9 percent.
At the major league level, Pastornicky projects to be a solid regular that gives his team good defense with a strong arm, possibly double digit home runs, and a good amount of steals if he is given the chance. Somewhere in the .270/.345/.420 slash would be optimum for the shortstop.
While Pastornicky doesn't have the potential that makes scouts rave about him, the 21-year-old is looking like he is really figuring it out at the plate and could see some time in September. There is a solid chance that Pastornicky could be the starting shortstop for the Braves in 2012.