Braves' Terdoslavich Kept Hammering In AFL
ATLANTA—For most prospects, a stint in the Arizona Fall League represents an opportunity to get in a few more games against some of baseball's best up-and-coming players. For Joey Terdoslavich, the seven-week stint has been a continuation of his coming-out party.
After breaking a 65-year-old record in the high Class A Carolina League by hitting 52 doubles in 2011, Terdoslavich continued to pound pitchers in the dry desert air. The owner of a productive bat from both sides of the plate, he hit .321/.424/.548 to help Surprise wrap up the Western Division crown. He also added six doubles, two triples and three home runs, and had posted 10 multi-hit outings.
"He's put together a strong showing this fall after having an excellent season at Lynchburg," general manager Frank Wren said. "He makes solid contact from both sides of the plate and he works hard every day to improve. We've seen that unfold in the year and a half he's been in the organization."
The Braves' sixth-round selection in 2010 out of Long Beach State, Terdoslavich also paced the Carolina League with 74 extra-base hits, ranked second with .526 slugging percentage and 254 total bases, finished third with a .286 batting average, and tied for third with 20 home runs and 138 hits.
Terdoslavich, 23, has had a reputation for a potent bat with his excellent hand-eye coordination and smooth stroke from the left side. He made the move across the diamond to first base at Lynchburg and performed well while seeing action at the hot corner for only three games. After taking fly balls in the outfield during a stopover in instructional league, Terdoslavich has spent the majority of his time in Arizona back at first. The Braves, meanwhile, are planning on moving him back to third at Double-A Mississippi this spring since another switch-hitting third baseman, Chipper Jones, will turn 40 in Atlanta.
"(Lynchburg manager) Luis Salazar was impressed when he saw (Terdoslavich) over at third," Wren said. "He has good feet and an accurate arm. And he wants to get better. With a guy like him, we want to keep our options open."
• Catcher Christian Bethancourt ranked fourth in the AFL by averaging a homer every 14.40 at-bats, having hit five in 72 at-bats. He entered the fall with 12 career roundtrippers, including five last year between stops at Lynchburg and low Class A Rome.
• Former Vanderbilt righthander Navery Moore arrived in the AFL in late October after signing in mid-August. Moore limited hitters to a .208 average in five relief appearances.