Outfield prospect Joey Terdoslavich
Joey Terdoslavich is a tough case to crack.
In 2011 as a first baseman, he burst onto the prospect scene by smacking 52 doubles with the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, breaking the 65-year-old Carolina League record for doubles in a season.
A year later, with Chipper Jones’ retirement imminent, the Braves decided to move Terdoslavich to third base and start him at triple-A, skipping right over double-A.
The experiment didn’t work. Terdoslavich struggled both at the plate and in the field, batting just .180 while making 22 errors in 50 games at third base.
He did manage to salvage the season after a send-down to double-A, batting .315 with 24 doubles, 5 home runs and an OPS of .852 in 78 games.
Now Terdoslavich is listed as an outfielder, and he’s earned a non-roster invite to major league camp.
Few have seen him play the outfield except shagging flies during batting practice, so expect a learning curve in left. But if he finds his bat at Triple-A early in 2013, the Braves might be able to find a bench spot for him at some point during the season.