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Gonzalez is the Best Option for 2012

Written by Joe Lucia on .

A lot of Braves fans, myself included, are sick and tired of Alex Gonzalez and his anemic bat at shortstop. We all clamor for him to be pinch hit for late in close games. His offense this year has been, quite frankly, a complete and utter disaster. Many fans are assuming that he won't be a Brave in 2012. But he could be the best available option for the team in 2012.

The early favorite to win the shortstop job next season is Tyler Pastornicky, who did nothing but hit after a promotion to Gwinnett before spraining his ankle this past weekend and being placed on the disabled list. That DL stint could end his season. Do you really want to hand the starting shortstop job to a guy who has only 102 at bats in AAA? There's no doubt that he's the shortstop of the future, but I'm not necessarily sure that the future is now. I'd like to see him get a full season in at AAA before handing him the job. It's what the team did with Freddie Freeman, not rushing him to the majors in 2010. Jason Heyward was a different case, because he was clearly ready for the majors with the way he mashed minor league pitching during his career there. Hell, look at what happened to Jordan Schafer: he got the call from AA, got hurt, and was never the same player since. I don't think the team wants the same thing to happen to Pastornicky.

That brings me to the free agent market. Aside from Jose Reyes, there really isn't an exceptional talent going at shortstop. Most of the guys available are defensive subs. Would you really feel more comfortable with someone like Ronny Cedeno, Adam Everett, John McDonald, or Jack Wilson playing short in 2012? Yeah, neither would I. If you're going to go with a defensive specialist, why not bring back Gonzalez? He's the best defensive SS in the league (+16 according to DRS, which makes him one of the best FIELDERS in the league, regardless of position), and I wouldn't mind living with his awful bat if the alternatives are just as bad offensively.

Gonzalez has most definitely been an offensive wasteland since the Braves acquired him from the Blue Jays last year. But his defense has been absolutely stellar. On a team with groundball specialists like Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson and Jonny Venters, you need a solid hand at short. And I think Gonzalez is the right man for the job next season despite his struggles with the bat, just because of Pastornicky's lack of experience at the higher levels of the minors. 
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A lot of Braves fans, myself included, are sick and tired of Alex Gonzalez and his anemic bat at shortstop. We all clamor bảng giá sàn gỗ căm xe for him to be pinch hit for late in close games. His offense this year has been, quite frankly, a complete and utter disaster. Many fans are assuming that he won't be a Brave in 2012. But he could be the best available option for the team in 2012.


The early favorite to win the shortstop job next season is Tyler Pastornicky, who did nothing but hit after a promotion to Gwinnett before spraining his ankle this past weekend and being placed on the disabled list. That DL stint could end his season. Do you really want to hand the starting shortstop job to a guy who has only 102 at bats in AAA? There's no doubt that he's the shortstop of the future, but I'm not necessarily sure that the future is now. I'd like to see him get a full season in at AAA before handing him the job. It's what the team did with Freddie Freeman, not rushing him to the majors in 2010. Jason Heyward was a different case, because he was clearly ready for the majors with the way he mashed minor league pitching during his http://bit.ly/phong-kham-phu-khoa-tphcm career there. Hell, look at what happened to Jordan Schafer: he got the call from AA, got hurt, and was never the same player since. I don't think the team wants the same thing to happen to Pastornicky.


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