May 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm by Ben Duronio under Atlanta Braves
I had an entire huge post written up about the potential decision to make Medlen a starter and Simmons the starting shortstop, but apparently wordpress lost it and I had already deleted it from my notepad, so I’m extremely frustrated about this.
In short, I approve of the decision. Minor and Pastornicky have not done what they have needed to do to hold onto the spots. Minor started off with good starts, had a few unlucky starts, and him, the catchers, and McDowell seem to be confused with how they want to attack hitters now. His sequencing is messed up, and going to the Minors to get confidence back would help more than consistently throwing gopher balls to opposing hitters. Medlen can move into the rotation and help, even though the bullpen would hurt. Todd Redmond might be the best option, but it seems as the though the Braves are completely against this option.
Pastornicky’s defense has been much worse than expected and his bat has not been worthy of every day play either. At least Simmons will provide value defensively but likely hit poorly. Starting the season with Pastornicky was the right choice, but what we have seen has certainly not been what we had hoped for or what was necessary to allow him to play every day at a crucial position.
It is not definite that either will perform better than the incumbents, but at this point both decisions make sense. The moves probably won’t happen right now, which buys time for them to step their production up, but I would not be against the Braves starting Medlen and using Simmons as the every day shortstop.