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Tommy La Stella already has more hits than Dan Uggla has this year

Jun 16, 2014, 9:18 AM EDT

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The Braves called up second baseman Tommy La Stella on May 28. He’s played in 16 games and has had 56 at bats. He has had 23 hits and has walked seven times. The Braves started the season with Dan Uggla. He’s played in 40 games and has had 121 at bats. He has 20 hits and nine walks.

That sound you hear is someone getting the DFA papers for Uggla ready. They may not be used today and may not be used tomorrow, but they’re gonna be in that folder Frank Wren’s assistant keeps on his or her desk so they’re ready at a moment’s notice.

La Stella was fantastic in Sunday’s 6-3 Braves victory over the Angels, going 3 for 3 with a double, a walk and a pair of RBI, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances. His line for the season so far is .411/.476/.446. It’d be folly to think that he’s not going to start for the rest of the season. I mean, even if he falls off a cliff — and yes, regression is due — the bottom of that chasm isn’t likely to be all that worse than what Uggla is doing, right?

  1. summeroftony - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    lol the braves signed Dan Uggla.. and BJ Upton.

    • tbird05 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:47 AM

      And Chris Johnson…

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

        Well yeah. Someone had to move up from deputy to sheriff when McCann left, right? Without the unwritten rules, chaos takes over.

      • tbird05 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        I’m pretty sure that’s David Carpenter, not Chris Johnson.

  2. renaado - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Dang this guy’s awesome, truly has some potential.

  3. wilmyers09 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    summeroftony first of all braves didnt sign uggla they traded for him second of all bj is doing better this year

    • chc4 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Seriously? BJ is horrible. And now he can’t catch the ball. If you’re seriously impressed by a sub .210 average and 80+ K’s then you’re insane. This coming from a Braves fan. BJ is pitiful.

      • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        No, he’s not “insane.” He’s just being a good Christian about it.

    • renaado - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      “bj is doing better this year.”

      Well I can’t truly say he’s performin rather well this year though, in this month of June his been strugglin with just 10 hits in 53 ab’s comprisin a .189 ba avg so far and an OBP of just .284 this season.

      Well, at least he’s not as worse as Uggla.

    • cnat817 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      You are right, the braves did trade for Uggla. They then went on to give him a new contract, that looks like it is one of the worst in baseball history. BJ is doing better this year, sad part is that hitting .210 is an improvement for him.

    • raysfan1 - Jun 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Yes, Upton is doing better. He’s gone from a 54 OPS+ to 75. Of course league average is 100.

      Many, myself included, stated the Braves were paying too much for him based on his usual 105-110 OPS+ production with the Rays. He has been far worse than that.

    • robmar924 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      Technically he’s right, which as we all know, is the best kind of right.

    • daveitsgood - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Well, they did give Uggla a 5 year $62MM contract extension in 2011, so, yeah, kind of their bad there.

  4. andreweac - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    The Angels would gladly trade for Uggla’s entire contract if the Braves took the $200,000,000.00 or so still due to Albert Pujols.

  5. clydeserra - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Uggla is such an interesting name. I wonder what it means.

    • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      New Zealand flightless parrot?

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      It means owl, it’s a surname in Sweden, some of their former royals had that name.

  6. tbird05 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    The good news is the Braves have a contact guy on their team…the bad news is that he is the only one…and he bats 7th. The Braves, as currently constructed, will struggle to be consistent and will struggle against top-tier pitching if they do get into the post-season. They need hitters to be more competitive, not just pad their stat lines. I am more impressed by a guy that takes his walks and works pitchers than I am with a guy that hits .250 with 20 homers. The reason being? The guy working pitchers is more consistent. There is a reason they can’t get out of the first round in the playoffs…assuming they make it there.

  7. schmedley69 - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Even Ruben Amaro gets a good chuckle out of the Uggla and B.J. Upton contracts.

    • Old Gator - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Yes, because he knows if Fat Fredi hadn’t militated for the Braves to sign him, he would have. What you hear is the nervous chuckle of relief.

  8. thehawg - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Good move for the Marlins, though they still need a 2nd baseman.

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