Former CCU star La Stella joins major-league Braves

braves-lastella3Former Coastal Carolina baseball standout Tommy La Stella was promoted to the Atlanta Braves’ big-league club on Wednesday and took over the starting job at second base.

La Stella, who was selected by the Braves in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, is expected to fill the role that was vacated following the benching of Dan Uggla. He went 2-for-4 in his debut with the Braves in a 4-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

La Stella was named a first team All-American by CollegeBaseballInsider.com. during his senior season at Coastal, and was also tabbed second team All-America by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and American Baseball Coaches Association to become Coastal’s second player to be named a consensus All-American.

La Stella, the 2011 Big South Player of the Year, ranked among the NCAA top 50 in batting average (.398, 18th); runs scored (59, 43rd); hits (92, 15th); home runs (14, 28th); RBI (70, 12th); slugging percentage (.690, 18th) and on-base percentage (.476, 43r3d). He also finished 2011 first in the Big South in runs, hits, home runs and RBI, while ranking second in batting average and slugging percentage as well as third in on-base percentage.

 

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