March 2, 2012 at 11:29 am by Ben Duronio under Atlanta Braves, Prospects
Mark Anderson of Baseball Prospect Nation, just posted a breakdown of Tyler Pastornicky and Andrelton Simmons over at FanGraphs.
Pastornicky will play in the big leagues and he could have a regular role at shortstop as soon as this season. That said, few scouts I’ve spoken with think he’ll be a consistent first-division regular. Instead, the consensus I’ve gotten is that he’ll be more of a second-division shortstop or top-notch utility player. One scout I spoke with compared Pastornicky to Willie Bloomquist. It’s a comparison that grows on me every time I see Pastornicky in person, but it’s hardly one that elicits visions of stardom and championships.
Simmons’ glove alone will get him to the big leagues, and he has a chance to be a defensive star. How his bat develops is the big question. If he continues to hit for average — even without significant secondary skills — he’ll be a first-division regular who can provide considerable value to a championship-level club. That potential gives Simmons the edge in my prospect evaluations.
He makes a good point. The floor for Pastornicky is higher but the ceiling for Simmons is significantly greater. It’s a really good breakdown featuring information he has picked up from scouts and his own opinion. Check it out.
I have been saying for a few months on twitter that I see a lot of David Eckstein in Pastornicky. Mark’s report furthers those feelings. Normally a saber site comparing anything to Eckstein is a negative, but he was an effective shortstop for a while, just not to the level that announcers and writers claimed. He’s a hard worker, with good contact, speed, and decent defense aside from a weak throwing arm. If he can be average everywhere, he will be an asset to the team this season.