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Tommy La Stella
Phil and Jane La Stella on January 31, 1989, Tommy and his two siblings grew up in nearby Closter. He is of Italian descent. La Stella attended Saint

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Tommy La StellaLa Stella with the Chicago Cubs in 2016Los Angeles Angels InfielderBorn: (1989-01-31) January 31, 1989 (age 29)
Westwood, New Jersey Bats: Left Throws: Right MLB debutMay 28, 2014, for the Atlanta BravesMLB statistics
(through 2018 season)Batting average.264Home runs10Runs batted in94 Teams
  • Atlanta Braves (2014)
  • Chicago Cubs (2015–2018)
Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champion (2016)

Thomas Fredrickson La Stella (born January 31, 1989) is an American second baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Atlanta Braves in 2014, and was traded to the Chicago Cubs before the 2015 season.

  • 1 Early life and career
  • 2 Professional career
    • 2.1 Atlanta Braves
    • 2.2 Chicago Cubs
    • 2.3 Los Angeles Angels
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links
Early life and career

Born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Phil and Jane La Stella on January 31, 1989, Tommy and his two siblings grew up in nearby Closter. He is of Italian descent. [1][2] La Stella attended Saint Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, New Jersey. He played college baseball for both the St. John's Red Storm and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.[3] La Stella appeared in 125 games (all starts) for the Chanticleers in 2010/2011 and hit .388 with 28 home runs and 136 RBI. He committed only 12 errors in 509 chances for Coastal Carolina, resulting in a .976 fielding percentage.

Professional career Atlanta Braves

The Braves selected La Stella in the eighth round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and he spent the rest of the season with the Rome Braves of the Class A South Atlantic League. In 2012, he played for the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. In 2013, he played for the Mississippi Braves of the Class AA Southern League.[4] With the Mississippi Braves, La Stella had a .343 batting average in 81 games.[5]

La Stella batting for the Atlanta Braves in 2014

The Braves invited La Stella to spring training in 2014.[6][7] He began the 2014 season with the Gwinnett Braves of the Class AAA International League, and debuted at the major league level on May 28, hitting two singles in his first game.[8] La Stella hit his first major league home run on August 8, 2014, against Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals.[9] He finished the year with a .251 batting average in 93 games.[10]

Chicago Cubs

On November 16, 2014, the Braves traded La Stella, along with an international signing bonus slot, to the Chicago Cubs for Arodys Vizcaíno and three international signing bonus slots.[11][12] La Stella made the Cubs' Opening Day roster, but only played in two games before straining his right oblique on April 10, 2015. While rehabilitating at the minor league level with the Tennessee Smokies, La Stella suffered another oblique strain.[13] He came off the disabled list in August, and was sent to the Iowa Cubs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.[14] On August 24 he was recalled from Iowa and rejoined the major league club.[15] In limited time with Chicago, La Stella was used mainly as a pinch hitter, a role in which he excelled.[16] To increase his versatility, La Stella began playing third base during the regular season.[17] In 33 games,[18] La Stella hit .269,[19] and started at third base during the National League Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[20]

After batting .295 for the Cubs in 2016, the Cubs optioned La Stella to Iowa on July 29, but he did not immediately report.[21] The Cubs put La Stella on the temporarily inactive list. He agreed to report to Tennessee on August 17.[22] Upon being recalled on August 31, La Stella stated that his refusal to report to the minors stemmed mainly from a lack of enjoyment for the game at the time of his demotion.[23][24] In 74 games of the 2016 season, La Stella finished by batting .270 with two home runs and 11 RBI. The Cubs would eventually win the World Series, effectively ending their 108-year long drought. La Stella had one at bat in the postseason and won his first world championship.[25] La Stella was on the roster for the 2016 National League Division Series, but was replaced by left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny for the 2016 National League Championship Series.[26] Kyle Schwarber was given the final spot on the roster for the 2016 World Series.[27]

In 2017, La Stella appeared in 73 games for the Cubs. He finished the year batting .288 with 22 RBI and a career high of five home runs.

On July 20, 2018, La Stella pitched an inning and a third as a relief pitcher during a lopsided victory by the St. Louis Cardinals.[28] On August 31, his 21st pinch-hit of the season, a single in the seventh inning in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, broke the Cub record for pinch hits in a season previously shared by Thad Bosley and Dave Clark.[29] The previous evening, La Stella had tied the record with a 2 run go-ahead home run against the Atlanta Braves.[30]

Los Angeles Angels

On November 29, 2018 La Stella was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for cash or a player to be named.[31]

  1. ^ O'Brien, David (July 7, 2014). "New Jersey native La Stella is a big story back home". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 8, cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ O'Brien, David (May 28, 2014). "La Stella's time is here: Braves bring 2B prospect to majors". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  3. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 18, 2014). "Perseverance paying off for prospect La Stella". Retrieved March 19, 2014.
  4. ^ Pelzman, J. P. (July 8, 2014). "MLB: Rapid rise for Tommy La Stella". The Record. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Could La Stella Help Braves In September? - 07/30/2013". July 30, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013.
  6. ^ "Braves announce Non-Roster Invitees". January 13, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Bowman, Mark (February 23, 2014). "La Stella looking to show Braves he's ready". Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  8. ^ Petrella, Steven (May 28, 2014). "Making big league debut, La Stella notches two hits". Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  9. ^ Bowman, Mark (August 9, 2014). "La Stella belts first MLB homer, gets silent treatment". Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  10. ^ Gonzales, Mark (November 16, 2014). "Cubs acquire infielder Tommy La Stella from Atlanta". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 16, 2014). "Braves reacquire Vizcaino, add to international budget". Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  12. ^ "Cubs acquire INF La Stella from Braves". Associated Press. November 16, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2014.
  13. ^ Birch, Tommy (August 14, 2015). "Tommy La Stella's difficult year brings him to Iowa". Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  14. ^ Rogers, Jesse (August 11, 2015). "Cubs' David Ross acitvated; Matt Szczur, Tommy La Stella optioned to Triple-A". Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  15. ^ Garno, Greg (August 24, 2015). "Cubs place Motte, Soler on disabled list". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  16. ^ Rogers, Jesse (March 5, 2016). "Tommy La Stella is the man in a pinch for Chicago Cubs". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  17. ^ Muskat, Carrie (February 26, 2016). "La Stella adjusting to move to third base". Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  18. ^ Gonzales, Mark (October 6, 2015). "Cubs could opt for lineup of lefties vs. Pirates: report". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  19. ^ Gonzales, Mark (November 10, 2015). "Cubs position-by-position analysis: Third base". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  20. ^ Gonzales, Mark (February 22, 2016). "Tommy La Stella knows what's at stake in Cubs camp". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  21. ^ Birch, Tommy (August 3, 2016). "Tommy La Stella given extra time to report to minors". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  22. ^ Gonzales, Mark (August 17, 2016). "Joe Maddon: Tommy La Stella to report to Double-A Tennessee". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  23. ^ Rogers, Jesse (August 31, 2016). "Joe Maddon on Tommy La Stella return: 'I was witnessing a team at its best'". Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  24. ^ Rogers, Jesse (August 31, 2016). "Understanding Tommy La Stella won't be easy, but moving on should be". Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  25. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  26. ^ Padilla, Doug (October 16, 2016). "Dodgers add Alex Wood, Enrique Hernandez to NLCS roster; Cubs add rookie lefty". ESPN. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  27. ^ Rogers, Jesse (October 25, 2016). "Cubs place Kyle Schwarber on World Series roster". ESPN. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  28. ^ Muskat, Carrie (July 20, 2018). "Cubs tie record using 3 position players to pitch". Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  29. ^ "Cabrera carries Phils past Cubs with 10th-inning homer". Reuters. August 31, 2018. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  30. ^ Gonzales, Mark (August 30, 2018). "Tommy La Stella's 2-run pinch-hit homer gives Cubs 5-4 win over Braves". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
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