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Tyler Pastornicky Says He is Ready to Be in the Majors

January 29th, 2012 at 1:39 AM
By Cory Guinn

Four months ago, Atlanta Braves rookie Tyler Pastornicky said he did not think he was ready for a promotion to the big leagues. Now he has other ideas.

""I'm definately ready," Pastornicky said. "I've still got a lot of hard work to do. Im confident. I think I'm ready to do this."

The 22-year-old shortstop is believed to head into training camp as the Braves' starter with veteran Jack Wilson backing him up and teaching him the ropes. After the departure of Alex Gonzalez, Pastornicky has big shoes to fill int he middle of the infield.

The Bradenton, Fla. native played in 117 total games last season between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. In those games, the speedy younster had his best season as a minor leaguer hitting .314 with an on base percentage of .359 while hitting seven home runs and stealing 27 bases. Before going down with an ankle injury late in the season, Pastornicky played in 27 games and compiled an impressive .365 batting average.

" I want to go in camp ready to go, that’s something I’ve said since the end of last year, to go into camp and be able to play my best," Pastornicky said. "Whatever happens [with the roster and lineup], I can’t control a lot of that stuff. I’m going to control what I can control and play hard."

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