Chopcast: Pastornicky, Gattis fight for spots
FEB 18, 2013 3:42p ET
While the Brothers Upton, newcomers B.J. and Justin, have everyone's focus, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney are putting their focus elsewhere: mainly two guys fighting for roster spots in Evan Gattis and Tyler Pastornicky.
Pastornicky entered last spring as the expected future at shortstop, but with Andrelton Simmons locking up that position, the expectations and the possibilities have changed for Pastornicky.
Can he fill the roles of the versatile Martin Prado, who was traded to the Diamondback in the Justin Upton deal? Pastornicky is being viewed as a potential utility man at second base, shortstop and in the outfield.
Gattis put on a show during batting practice – and was the only player to make contact on All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel. But at 26, where does he fit into the Braves plans? A catcher by trade, he’s also played left field and manager Fredi Gonzalez sees him as an option at first base.
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