I'm not going to turn this into an Alex Gonzalez bashing post, as that horse has been beaten to death in recent weeks, but we all are well aware that he has turned from limited offensively to downright useless. I've been a vocal Gonzalez supporter because of his excellent defense and his usual predictably consistent offense, but lately it has been too much to take.
- AGon in June -.176/.219/.308
- AGon in July - .176/.200/.206
That is 125 at bats of almost as little offensive contribution as humanly possible.
Agon's overall line is .234/.266/.347 with 78 strikeouts
Meanwhile, our very own AA shortstop Tyler Pastornicky has been the picture of consistency all season long.
- Pastornicky in April - .279/.344/.337
- Pastornicky in May - .305/.336/.505
- Pastornicky in June - .299/.343/.361
- Pastornicky im July - .348/.375/.500
Pastornicky's overall line is .301/.345/.419 with 19 steals and only 39 strikeouts
Pastornicky doesn't walk much and only has a 5.7% walk rate, but even that looks pretty good when compared to Agon's 4.0% walk rate. Pastornicky has also shown flashes of decent power for a shortstop.
I know Pastornicky is only 21 and facing AA pitching, but honestly, even with rookie struggles could be be any worse? I'm not an expert on his defense, but I don't think his defense could be any more of a negative than Gonzalez's current offense.
I'm not usually one to declare the sky is falling and ask for early prospect call-ups, but in In my opinion the time is drawing close to give Pastornicky a shot. He's shown consistent production against good AA pitching and he would also add some always-needed speed to the team. Him and Schafer or Mclouth batting 7-8 would add an extra dimension of speed to our lineup.
So, what are your thoughts?
Should we call up Pastornicky to replace Gonzalez?
No, he needs more time in the minors (270 votes)
Yes, we need a change at shortstop (101 votes)
371 total votes