Once a week we will update you on what is going on down in the farm system for the Braves. This week we will run over the some of the eye-popping numbers that some of the minor leaguers are putting on the board.
- Stefan Gartrell , Gwinnett- 24
- Mauro Gomez, Gwinnett- 19
- Evan Gattis, Rome- 18
- Ernesto Mejia, Mississippi- 17
- Stefan Gartrell, Gwinnett- 78
- Ernesto Mejia, Mississippi- 71
- Mauro Gomez, Gwinnett- 68
- Joseph Terdoslavich, Lynchburg- 65
- Tyler Pastornicky, (85 AB) Gwinnett- .412
- Chris Garcia, Rome- .322
- Dan Nelson, Mississippi- .313
- Christian Bethancourt, Rome- .303
My takeaway: It’s only a matter of time before Stefan Gartrell makes his way onto the big league roster with the kind of numbers that he is putting up in triple-A Gwinnett. With the way that Constanza is playing in Atlanta with his recent promotion, it seems more likely that Gartrell will be the first call up for Atlanta on September 1st when they expand the rosters.
Tyler Pastornicky is making his case for a starting spot in Atlanta next year after his break out year in the minors. The shortstop is hitting .390 with a homerun and 9 RBI at Gwinnett while stealing 6 out of 8 bases. Before he got promoted he was batting .299 with 6 homeruns and 36 RBI at Mississippi while stealing 20 bases out of 28 attempts. This guy could be ready sooner rather than later. However, even with the likely departure of Alex Gonzalez after this season, it seems like the Braves front office is being cautious of bringing Pastornicky up too soon. So the Braves have two options; 1. Sign a FA SS for a cheap price on a one year deal and 2. Bring Pastornicky up and give him a legit shot at the starting spot. Either way I see the Braves signing a veteran shortstop for a one year deal (Renteria type). If the Braves decide Pastornicky is ready then the veteran could serve as a back up plan.