Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Prep baseball: IMG's Pastornicky featured on video

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Tyler Pastornicky, a graduate of The Pendleton School at IMG Academies and the Atlanta Braves' starting shortstop heading into the season, is featured in this video on

The video is currently being promoted on's Facebook site.

The 22-year-old Bradenton native was a fifth-round draft pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008 before being dealt to Atlanta in July 2010 as a part of the package that brought shortstop Alex Gonzalez from Toronto.

Pastornicky is a career .278 hitter in 406 professional games with 146 stolen bases. Pastornicky performed well with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett last year, batting .365 with seven steals and nine RBIs in 27 games.

The Braves play their spring training games at Champion Stadium at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort. They don't came to Bradenton this spring to play the Pirates, but will be in Sarasota on March 8 to meet the Baltimore Orioles, so there is a chance Pastornicky will get to play a game close to home.

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