What is Tommy La Stella's fantasy value?
Fantasy owners had seemed awfully excited lately about a possible promotion for Atlanta Braves second base prospect Tommy La Stella, and thus there was a palpable buzz on Twitter when this actually occurred Wednesday. La Stella, a patient left-handed hitter with outstanding plate discipline, made his big league debut for the Braves in a 4-0 loss at Fenway Park, contributing a pair of well-placed, ground ball singles to center field in four at-bats. He did not homer, nor did he steal a base.
And ultimately La Stella, who was hitting .293 with 25 walks and only 14 strikeouts at Triple-A Gwinnett, doesn't profile as a terrific fantasy option because he lacks power and speed. His lone home run this season occurred Tuesday at Pawtucket when he took struggling Boston Red Sox prospect Matt Barnes deep, and he has swiped only one base in two attempts this season. In 2013 at two minor league levels, he hit .356 with five home runs and eight stolen bases. La Stella is up because he should hit for average, handles second base well enough and well, he's not Dan Uggla, Tyler Pastornicky or Ramiro Pena, a sad trio that hit .164 in his stead.