March 5, 2012; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Joe Terdoslavich (73) signs autographs before the game against the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Terdoslavich: Meeting Braves Prospect

In the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft the Atlanta Braves selected Joey Terdoslavich in the 6th round out of Long Beach State University.  In his first full season of pro ball in 2011 he hit 20 home runs and a league record 57 doubles.  He added a line of .286/.341/.526 in the same league of High A Lynchburg. Joey isn’t just another prospect in the Braves farm system, this could be the next star in the making.

Feb 27, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich (73) against the Detroit Tigers during the a spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2012, Gwinnett hitting coach Jamie Dismuke said, “He can just hit.  I don’t think it matter if he’s High-A, Low-A, Tripe-A or big leagues, he’s going to hit.  He has a real, nice simple approach and he’s confident in what he’s doing from both sides of the plate.”

Yes you read that right, both sides of the plate.  Terdoslavich is a 24-year-old switch hitter that has experience playing 1B, 3B and the outfield.  Before the 2012 season he was labeled as the “third baseman of the future” for the Braves with only one and a half seasons under his belt.  Then in 2012, he jumped from Double-A to Tripe-A but in the process didn’t have the season he wanted.

In the beginning of the 2012 season he was destroying Double-A pitching with a line of .315/.372/.480 with 24 doubles and five home runs through 78 games.  With the jump to Triple-A, he saw a downfall in stats.  In 53 games in Gwinnett, .180/.252/.263 was his line and with only 4 doubles and 4 home runs Terdoslavich showed he needed more time to develop.

He was invited to spring training in 2012 with the Braves but in limited playing time at 3B his line was .240/.286/.360.  Now, in 2013, he was again invited to spring training this time being moved to the outfield.  Through the Braves opening games of the spring, Terdoslavich has been ripping the leather off the ball.

Feb 27, 2013; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves outfielder Joey Terdoslavich (73) against the Detroit Tigers during the a spring training game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

He’s had 14 at bats this spring with nine hits, a home run and four RBI’s.  After going 4-4 on Saturday afternoon, he has raised his batting line to .643/.714/.929.

Evan Gattis has been getting all the prospect attention this spring but Terdoslavich is making a name for himself.  I don’t expect nor do I want him to make the MLB team this year because I don’t feel he is a bench player.  His only chance to make the Braves would be a player getting limited time on the field.  He needs another year at the Triple-A level to reestablish him as a top prospect.  If he preforms the way he’s capable of at the Triple-A level and neither Juan Francisco nor Chris Johnson shows signs of being the Braves third baseman, Joey could be on Turner Field late this year or the beginning of 2014.



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  • Lee Trocinski

    I promise you Joey will never play third base at the major league level. Last year, he had 25 errors in 56 games at the position, and 35 errors in 96 games over his minor league career. He may become an average corner outfielder defensively, but that’s a 10-run downgrade from being an average 3B.

    Offensively, he should be alright. At 24, he’s a year older than Heyward, Freeman, and Simmons, so the amount of evolving will be reduced. He will be a high BABIP, gap hitter who could hit 15-20 HR. His plate discipline is below average, as he’s aggressive and whiffs a bit more than average. He could be an above-average hitter at the big-league level, but that ends up as average overall, not a top prospect type of player.

  • fireboss

    This is a case of find that bat a position. He’s a first baseman blocked by Freeman (as is Mejia) who as Lee said was horrible at third. Playing him in the outfield seems a long shot too. Looking at our outfield for at least the next three years I see nowhere that he fits as an everyday player except as trade bait or in the event of an unforeseen injury. Gattis may be an acceptable catcher and occasional outfielder but Johnson and Francisco will play better third base on their worst day than Joey T plays on his best.

  • Jeff Schafer

    Sure, your stats are correct and look bad the way you’re putting them but in his fairness he played all of 6 games at 3B in Double-A (2012) and 3 games in A ball (2011) because of Joe Leonard; so Joey played 1B. Then when they moved him up to Triple-A, Mejia was at 1B and Terdoslavich was thrown into the 3B position again against a lot stronger/better hitters in Gwinnett. So 9 games in 2 years played at 3B then gets put back at the position at a much higher level (Triple-A), it’s fair to say anyone would go through some growing pains at the hot corner. Baseball can be an extreme up and down sport, he could have a great year this season, to promise he will never play at 3B is something I couldn’t say.

    • Lee Trocinski

      Mat Gamel is probably a good comparison for JT. Gamel was a good bat who couldn’t cut it at third base, so he moved to first before his knee has decided to quit. I didn’t do an exhaustive search, but I only found two other guys who played a significant amount of 3B in the majors the past 10 years who had a sub-.900 Fld% in the minors: Mark Reynolds and Edwin Encarnacion. If that’s the level JT would play 3B, I’d rather stick him in the OF and hope for the best.

    • fireboss

      The reason he played only 6 games was they recognized he was awful there. The scouting report on JoeyT says in part: “. . .Terdoslavich has hard hands and has trouble with fluidity and flexibility when it comes to fielding” thus the errors. If I were the Braves I’d look to move him back where he rated the highest initially; catcher. I don’t know why he moved away from that between college and high school but the small amount of data I found for that position indicated a string accurate arm. While catching is a defensive position a high performance bat can make up for some short comings – think Piazza. Bethancourt may never hit enough to be a full time catcher and of course Gattis may be the guy but it couldn’t hurt to get him some time back there too. He may be alright in the outfield but as I said his outfield progress is limited for the next three years anyway and if it isn’t a they prefer the “error prone” Salcedo to you at third your future isn’t there.

      • Lee Trocinski

        I’d say JT would be more of a Ryan Doumit than a Piazza, but it is still positive value. I can’t think of anyone who converted to catcher this late in their development, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Problem is that he would have to spend a fair amount of time re-developing those receiving skills. At least Salcedo is still young enough for things to click, but I’m not counting on it.

        • fireboss

          As far as I can determine he caught until he moved from the Florida to the California college but I agree it’s a long shot. Thing is I don’t see him at third or first and while they say he could play outfield our corners are closed. The Salcedo comparison was simply to point out that the Braves preferred him at third even though he hits less and is error prone, not a good sign for JT

  • Brian Baker

    He began 2012 in AAA, and was demoted after the terrible start. Not sure where he fits long term with OF and 1B appearing to be set for the next 3 years, but worse case scenario he’s a great bench bat.