Tweeted first by Capitol Avenue Club's Kevin Orris, the Braves have promoted shortstop prospect Tyler Pastornicky to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Pastornicky, ranked No. 16 on my offseason prospect list, is hitting .299/.345/.414 with 13 doubles, five triples, six homers and 36 RBIs. He has seen a drop in walks to 5.9%, but he's hitting better and is showing a better use of his speed while getting on base at a pretty similar rate as last year.
Pastornicky's stint at Gwinnett could very well be his audition for the starting shortstop job in 2012, or at the very least, he could be considered for a roster spot. I would venture to say no other month and a half will be monitored as closely as his. He will give the Braves some walks, steals and good defense, and he will certainly provide a better bat than Alex Gonzalez while not losing too, too much on defense.