Tyler Pastornicky

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Tyler Pastornicky
Shortstop / Second baseman
Born: (1989-12-13) December 13, 1989 (age 33)
Bradenton, Florida, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 2012, for the Atlanta Braves
Last MLB appearance
July 25, 2014, for the Atlanta Braves
MLB statistics
Batting average.243
Home runs2
Runs batted in15
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2015 Toronto Team
WBSC Premier12
Silver medal – second place 2015 Tokyo Team

Tyler Brock Pastornicky (born December 13, 1989) is an American former professional baseball shortstop. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008 Major League Baseball draft and made his Major League Baseball debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2012.

Professional career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Pastornicky was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fifth round of the 2008 MLB draft out of The Pendleton School.[1] Pastornicky played 2008 with the Gulf Coast League Blue Jays, hitting .263 in 50 games with 27 stolen bases in 32 attempts. He played 2009 mostly with Single-A Lansing, hitting .269 in 109 games with 51 stolen bases in 66 attempts. He played 15 games with High-A Dunedin. Pastornicky started 2010 with Dunedin, hitting .258 with 24 stolen bases in 31 attempts. He was named to the Florida State League All-Star Game.[2]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

On July 15, 2010, the Blue Jays traded Pastornicky along with Álex González and Tim Collins to the Atlanta Braves for Yunel Escobar and Jo-Jo Reyes.[3] He finished 2010 with Double-A Mississippi. In total, he hit .257 in 115 games with 35 stolen bases in 44 attempts. Pastornicky played for Phoenix where he went 15-54 in 15 games.[4] Pastornicky played 2011 mostly with Mississippi, but also played 27 games for Triple-A Gwinnett. With Mississippi, he hit .299 in 90 games and stole 20 of 28.[4] He was named to the Southern League All-Star Game.[5][6]

Pastornicky was called up to the majors for the first time on September 28, 2011.[7]

Pastornicky made his major league debut on April 5, 2012, as the Opening Day shortstop for the Braves against the New York Mets in New York City. Pastornicky recorded his first hit that day, a triple off of Ramón Ramírez that went over the head of center fielder Andrés Torres.[8] His first home run came on April 10, 2012 against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. He was sent back down to Triple-A Gwinnett after having the lowest fielding percentage among all major league shortstops. He was replaced by Andrelton Simmons who was called up from Double-A Mississippi on June 2, 2012.[9] Pastornicky was designated for assignment on January 8, 2015,[10] and released on March 19.[11][12]

Texas Rangers / Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On March 22, 2015, Pastornicky signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. He was assigned to AA Frisco RoughRiders.[13] He was then promoted from AA to AAA Round Rock Express. The Rangers traded Pastornicky to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations on August 10.[14][15] He elected free agency in November 2015.[16]

International competition[edit]

Pastornicky represented the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games, and earned a silver medal as a member of the baseball team.[17][18] In October, Pastornicky was placed on the roster for the inaugural 2015 WBSC Premier12.[19] The United States finished the tournament with a silver medal.[20]

Personal life[edit]

He is the son of former Kansas City Royals third baseman Cliff Pastornicky and the grandson of Ernest Pastornicky,[21] who played in the Chicago Cubs minor league system.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bastian, Jordan (June 5, 2008). "Jays nab college bat in first round". MLB.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  2. ^ Vivlamore, Chris (July 14, 2010). "Braves swap shortstops; Obtain Gonzalez, trade Escobar". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Braves get Gonzalez; Escobar to Jays". ESPN.com. Associated Press. July 15, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Tyler Pastornicky Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Dill, Jason (October 11, 2011). "IMG alum gets short introduction to big leagues". Bradenton Herald. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Wild, Danny (June 8, 2011). "Goldschmidt, Flaherty named All-Stars". MILB.com. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Rogers, Carroll (September 27, 2011). "Gonzalez doubtful for Wednesday; Braves call up Pastornicky". ajc.com. Archived from the original on March 22, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  8. ^ Bowman, Mark (April 5, 2012). "Hanson strong, but Braves come up empty". MLB.com.
  9. ^ O'Brien, David (May 30, 2012). "Atlanta Braves Pastornicky sent to Triple-A; Simmons coming to majors". ajc.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark (January 7, 2015). "Braves bring in Outman as lefty specialist". MLB.com. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
  11. ^ O'Brien, David (March 19, 2015). "Braves release Pastornicky, their 2012 opening-day shortstop". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 19, 2015). "Braves release former starting shortstop Pastornicky". MLB.com. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  13. ^ Grant, Evan (March 22, 2015). "Texas Rangers sign infielder Tyler Pastornicky". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  14. ^ "Rangers send INF Pastornicky to Phillies for cash". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  15. ^ "Rangers trade infield prospect Tyler Pastornicky to Phillies for cash". Dallas Morning News. August 10, 2015. Archived from the original on August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  16. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 10, 2015). "Minor League Free Agents 2015". Baseball America. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  17. ^ Caple, Jim (July 19, 2015). "U.S. rallies to bet Cuba, will play for gold at Pan Am Games". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  18. ^ Pingue, Frank (July 26, 2015). "Pan Am athletes leave lasting impression". Reuters. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  19. ^ Manuel, John (October 21, 2015). "U.S. Unveils Premier 12 Roster As Start Of Event Nears". Baseball America. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  20. ^ "S. Korea blanks US 8-0 to become inaugural champ of Premier 12 baseball". Korea Herald. Yonhap News Agency. November 21, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  21. ^ Perez, Missy (December 11, 2013). "From Bradenton to the Braves: Tyler Pastornicky's journey to the Major Leagues". WRUF.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  22. ^ "Ernest Pastornicky Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014.

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