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7 Tommy La Stella 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/185 | Birthdate: 1/31/1989 | Birthplace: Westwood, NJ | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Atlanta | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 26/18 | Average Draft Position: 274.92
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Tommy La Stella clears the bases


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella doubled to deep right-center with the bases loaded in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Phillies, driving in three. La Stella finished 2 for 4 and now has 21 RBI in 165 at-bats.

Tommy La Stella enters break on high note


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella wrapped up his first half Sunday by going 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI in his team's 10-7 win over the Cubs.

La Stella has been a revelation for the Braves at second base, posting a .292/.371/.357 line with 17 RBI, 19 walks and 20 strikeouts in 154 at-bats. Dan Uggla, the former starter at the position, has hit just .162/.241/.231 with two home runs, 10 RBI, 10 walks and 40 strikeouts in 130 at-bats. If La Stella can maintain his OBP in the second half, it'll be the higest on-base percentage the Braves have had by a regular at the second base position since Kelly Johnson posted a .375 OBP in 2007.


Tommy La Stella doesn't miss a game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella was able to start Wednesday against the Mets after leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised right foot. La Stella enters play Wednesday batting just .143 (8 for 56) in his last 16 games.

Tommy La Stella exits game with bruised foot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella was removed from Tuesday's game against the Mets due to a right foot bruise, the team announced.

La Stella was hit by a pitch in the second inning and tried to play through the injury, but he came out later in the game after going 0 for 2 at the plate. La Stella believes he'll be fine to play Wednesday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez called La Stella 50-50 for Wednesday's game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The second baseman has hit .277/.359/.348 with 14 RBI and two stolen bases in 112 at-bats.


Tommy La Stella drives in five runs in doubleheader


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Braves infielder Tommy La Stella was back in the lineup for both games of Saturday's doubleheader against the Phillies, after getting the night off Friday.

La Stella responded to the time off with three extra-base hits Saturday. He went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI in a 10-3 win in Game 1, and followed it up by going 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI. He also walked once in the second game, a 5-1 win.

La Stella entered play Saturday hitless in 18 at-bats over his previous six games, so the time off seemed to do him some good. He is hitting .276/.342/.343 in 105 at-bats.  


Tommy La Stella hits three-run triple from seventh spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) A lower spot in the batting order seems to agree with Braves rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella. He was raking until he was moved into the leadoff spot, then to second in the order.

Those switches resulted in a 2-for-34 slide that sent his batting average tumbling from .387 to .268. La Stella was moved down to seventh in the order Saturday in Philadelphia and responded with a bases-clearing triple in the eighth inning that gave his team an 8-2 lead.


Tommy La Stella taking seat in Philly


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Scuffling Braves rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella has been benched for the Friday night game in Philadelphia. His replacement is Dan Uggla.

La Stella hasn't had a hit in his last 17 at-bats, which covers five games. He is in a 3-for-40 slide that has coincided with his move to the leadoff spot and dropped his average from .411 to .271. La Stella has since been dropped into the second hole.


Hitters to start in Week 13


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/22/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 13 (June 23-29)? Wilin Rosario, Ryan Howard, Tommy La Stella, Pablo Sandoval, Eugenio Suarez and Marlon Byrd might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Tommy La Stella elevated to top spot in lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella has been moved to the leadoff spot for the Braves as part of sweeping changes to the lineup made Wednesday by Fredi Gonzalez. Jason Heyward had been in that spot.

La Stella has cooled up a bit after a sizzling start. He is 1 for 10 in his last two games after an 11-for-23 stretch. He still boasts an impressive stat line of .364/.425/.394.

"Tommy [may not be] a base stealer or a base burner, but I think he runs the bases well enough," Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com. "I put him out there in the leadoff spot to do his thing. He doesn't have to change anything in his approach. He's got a good eye at the plate and is going to put the ball in play."


Tommy La Stella records three hits in win over Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2014) Braves infielder Tommy La Stella had his second straight mulit-hit game on Sunday against the Angels.

La Stella doubled in two runs in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference. He added two singles and finished 3 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI in a 7-3 victory. He finished the series with six hits in 11 at-bats. He owns a .411/.476/.446 with six RBI in 56 at-bats.

Tommy La Stella capable of developing home run power?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2014) Although Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella hasn't shown much ability to hit home runs in his pro career, hitting coach Greg Walker believes the 25-year-old infielder could develop home run power over time.

"If you watch him take [batting practice], he's got juice," Walker said, per MLB.com. "He's got really quick bat speed. He's going to start driving some balls. But we're not talking to him about that at all. We just want him to have quality at-bats, and he's done that. He's taking his walks. He's done great. For a young kid, he looks like he belongs up there."


Hitters to start in Week 11


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/7/2014) If you need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 11 (June 9-15), A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Lind, Tommy La Stella , Lonnie Chisenhall, Alcides Escobar and Josh Willingham are just a few of the worthy candidates.

You can read about them in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Tommy La Stella tallies two hits, steal in win Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella went 2 for 3 with one walk, one run, one RBI and one stolen base in his team's 9-5 win over the Marlins Saturday.

After going 2 for 4 in his second debut Wednesday, La Stella was 0 for 5 in his previous two games before delivering two hits Saturday. Now 4 for 12 with two walks and one stolen base, the rookie should continue to see the bulk of the playing time at second base for the bRaves.


Tommy La Stella could be worth an add in points leagues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) So the Braves finally decided to pull the trigger and promote second base prospect Tommy La Stella. Given how little production they have gotten from the position, La Stella could see a fair amount of playing time.

La Stella's slash line in the minors isn't bad. He is a career .322 hitter with a .407 on-base percentage, .474 slugging percentage and .881 OPS. Though, his slugging percentage is elevated because of his ability to find the gaps. He's not a very good home run hitter.

Despite moderate home run power, La Stella still has a place in Fantasy leagues, particularly points formats. His value is a little deflated in Rotisserie formats because he doesn't hit home runs and doesn't steal a lot of bases, but I would consider using him as a middle-infield option in that format.

Where I feel he really earns his place in points leagues is because of his plate discipline. He actually draws more walks than strikeouts. In his minor-league career, he has 136 walks to 102 strikeouts.

La Stella probably won't save your Fantasy season, but if you are in deeper formats and looking for middle-infield help, he might prove to be a serviceable option.


Braves elevate Tommy La Stella from minors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Second baseman Tommy La Stella has been promoted by the Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.

La Stella had been a roll until a recent 3-for-15 streak. He boasts a .293/.384/.359 stat line. Also encouraging is that he has 23 RBI with 25 walks and just 14 strikeouts in 167 at-bats.


How much does Tommy La Stella have to offer?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) Tommy La Stella is getting some attention in Fanasy right now, both because he's hitting .305 with more walks than strikeouts at Triple-A Gwinnett and because Dan Uggla is terrible. Just a few days ago in this very space, I called La Stella at least an NL-only stash, projecting him for something like Omar Infante numbers.

In the latest Prospects Report, I help you decide whether or not he's worth stashing in your league by comparing him to other hopeful starters at second base, most notably Kolten Wong. Be sure to check it out.


Tommy La Stella at least an NL-only stash


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/5/2014) With rumors circulating that the Braves could call up Tommy La Stella to replace struggling second baseman Dan Uggla soon, Fantasy owners have flocked to La Stella's player page to see what he has to offer. So here it is.

Basically, he's the anti-Uggla. His power is limited to doubles, but he makes up for it with an excellent contact rate and batting eye, walking more than he has struck out virtually every year in the minors. So far at Triple-A Gwinnett, he has 10 walks to eight strikeouts in 99 at-bats, batting .313.

Now, that skill set is obviously more valuable in points leagues than categories leagues, but depending how smoothly La Stella transitions to the majors, he could matter in both. A best-case scenario is something like Matt Carpenter, but a more realistically scenario, especially for a rookie, is something closer to Scooter Gennett.

I'll be a little more optimistic and project something in the Omar Infante range for La Stella, but of course, he actually has to arrive before he can deliver on it. Outside of NL-only leagues, you probably don't have much reason to stash him yet.


Braves ready to make change at second base?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2014) With the Braves mired in a six-game losing streak and Dan Uggla continuing to struggle offensively, MLB.com Braves' beat writer Mark Bowman suggests Tommy La Stella could replace Uggla in the starting lineup at second base sooner than expected.

Uggla is batting just .190 with a .280 slugging percentage through 27 games, while La Stella is batting .313 with a .372 on-base percentage and 15 RBI in 27 games for Triple-A Gwinnett.

La Stella doesn't have Uggla's power, but he usually draws more walks than strikeouts. He already has 10 walks to eight strikeouts this season.


Braves take five players off spring roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Braves announced Monday they optioned pitcher Ryan Buchter, outfielder Jose Constanza and outfielder Joey Terdoslavich to Triple-A Gwinnett. They also reassigned infielder Tyler Greene and infielder Tommy La Stella to minor-league camp.

Braves not looking to acquire second baseman


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Braves are not looking to acquire or sign a second baseman, sources told FOX Sports. The job will be Dan Uggla's to lose this spring, but the team has three potential alternatives in Tyler Pastornicky, Ramiro Pena and rookie Tommy La Stella.

Jason Hursh, Tommy La Stella headline Braves' non-roster invitees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2014) The Braves have invited 22 non-roster players to participate in major-league spring training, highlighted by pitcher Jason Hursh and infielder Tommy La Stella, MLB.com reports.

The Braves' other invitees include pitchers Lay Batista, J.R. Graham, Mark Lamm, Cody Martin, Yunesky Maya, Daniel RodriguezGus Schlosser, Atahualpa Severino, Shae Simmons and Ian Thomas; catchers Matt Kennelly, Steven Lerud, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez; outfielder Matt Lipka; and infielders Mat Gamel, Phil Gosselin, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton and Edward Salcedo.

The Braves' first-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft, Hursh allowed two earned runs in 27 innings while striking out 15 and walking 10 at Class A Rome in his first season with the organization.

La Stella, who could compete for a starting role at second base, hit .343/.422/.473 with four home runs, 41 RBI and seven stolen bases in 283 at-bats with Double-A Mississippi last season.


Tommy La Stella could compete for 2B job


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) Braves second base prospect Tommy La Stella could compete for the starting 2B job in 2014 if the team trades Dan Uggla, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

La Stella has hit .325/.481/.575 with one home run, 12 walks and only one strikeout in 40 at-bats in the Arizona Fall League after hitting .356/.444/.492 with five home runs and a 35:45 K:BB ratio in 303 at-bats between high Class A and Double-A.


Tommy La Stella on Braves' radar?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2013) If Braves infielder Tyler Pastornicky (knee) is expected to miss significant time, then the Braves could promote infield prospect Tommy La Stella, according to MLB.com.

La Stella is batting .356 with a .486 slugging percentage and .926 OPS in 71 games between Class A and Double-A. He has two triples, four home runs, 16 doubles, 34 runs and 38 RBI.