The story of camp so far seems to be the emergence of Andrelton Simmons. While just a few weeks ago the thought of Simmons (who has never played above A ball) breaking camp as the Braves' starter seemed crazy, it's beginning to look a little less crazy with every head he turns.
This has to make you feel for Tyler Pastornicky. A 22 year old coming off a great year at AA and AAA and he's already in danger of losing his job to an even greener rookie.
So that leads to the decision. Simmons or Pastornicky.
Simmons has an elite glove, and developing bat, but he has not been tested against any real pitching and could possibly be exposed badly against major league pitching.
Pastornicky has a passable glove with a more advance bat and smarter baserunning skills.
Both are excellent contact hitters with very few K's.
Who do you pick? Would Simmons have to have a near perfect spring and Pastornicky totally flop for you to choose Simmons? Or do you stick with Pastornicky regardless of how he does compared to Simmons?
Who would you pick to be the Braves' opening day starter.
Andrelton Simmons (237 votes)
Tyler Pastornicky (206 votes)
443 total votes