ATLANTA (AP) - When choosing between Tyler Pastornicky and Andrelton Simmons in spring training, the Braves said they opted for the more polished offensive player when Pastornicky was named the starting shortstop.
Now it's time for the better defensive player.
Simmons is expected to make his debut as the Braves' starter when the team opens a series at Washington on Friday night.
Simmons, regarded as one of baseball's top defensive shortstop prospects, was called up after Wednesday night's win over St. Louis. Pastornicky was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.
The 22-year-old Simmons almost beat out Pastornicky this spring. The native of Curacao hit .292 at Double-A Mississippi this year, showing he can do more than play strong defense.
Pastornicky already has seven errors and can't match Simmons' range or exceptionally strong arm.