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Tommy La Stella Could Be Poised to Take Dan Uggla’s Starting Job

November 18th, 2013 at 7:55 AM
By Cody Fields

Tommy La Stella cooled off the last couple of weeks of Arizona Fall League action, but he performed well enough over the long haul that the Atlanta Braves have no choice but to consider him a possible replacement for Dan Uggla at second base.

La Stella hit .290 over 62 at-bats with one homer, 16 walks and just four strikeouts. That actually isn't anomalous compared to his past performance; he's struck out just 88 times in 999 minor league plate appearances.

The 24-year-old .343 with an .896 OPS for Double-A Mississippi last season and has a .412 on-base percentage in three minor league seasons.

That can be immediately contrasted with Uggla's .179 average last season, the worst Major League average for a qualifying player since 1900.


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