ATLANTA -- As Tyler Pastornicky critiqued his recent work, he said he would like to prove more consistent over the next few weeks and months. But from an offensive perspective, the Braves have to be pleased with all that he has provided during his first six weeks as a starting shortstop at the Major League level.
"He gives you good at-bats," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He makes adjustments, and he's a grinder. We forget that he is facing everybody for the first time."
After admittedly putting too much pressure on himself during the first two weeks of his big league career, Pastornicky was left out of the lineup for three consecutive games April 21-23. Unfazed, the 22-year-old shortstop produced a career-best three-hit performance when he returned to the lineup on April 24.
In the 18 games Pastornicky has played since getting those three days to rest his mind, he has hit .333 with a .369 on-base percentage and .400 slugging percentage. But the young shortstop realizes much of the damage compiled within this small sample size has come courtesy of a pair of three-hit games.
"I'm still working on the consistency factor, but I definitely feel aggressive and confident," Pastornicky said. "Having the team playing great right now helps. When you see everyone having good at-bats, you don't want to be the one who is not swinging the bat well."