Joey Terdoslavich

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Joseph Thomas Terdoslavich

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The nephew of Mike Greenwell, Joey Terdoslavich made the majors in 2013.

He was twice All-State in high school, hitting .419 as a junior and .411 as a senior. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 35th round of the 2007 amateur draft, one pick behind Drew Storen, but did not sign. In 2008, he hit .293/.351/.522 as a freshman outfielder for the University of Miami. He sat out 2009 after transferring to Long Beach State. In 2010, he batted .326/.379/.491 with 46 RBI in 55 games. He was 10th in the Big West Conference in RBI.

He was then taken by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round of the 2010 amateur draft (Steve Leavitt was the scout) and made his pro debut that summer with the Danville Braves, hitting .296/.351/.402 in 49 games. Promoted to the Rome Braves, he batted .316/.365/.430 in 21 games there. With the Lynchburg Hillcats the following season, he hit .286/.341/.526 with 20 home runs and broke Woody Fair's 65-year-old Carolina League record with 52 doubles. Terdoslavich led the Carolina League by 17 doubles over Andrelton Simmons and also had the most extra-base hits (74). He was third in average (behind Simmons and Carlo Testa), tied John Whittleman for third in home runs (behind Ian Gac and Andy Wilkins), was 4th in RBI (82, trailing Gac, Wilkins and Destin Hood), tied Jeff Kobernus for third in hits (138), was second to Gac in slugging (.009), was second to Gac in total bases (254) and ranked second in OPS (34 points shy of Gac). He was named the All-Star first baseman in the league though Gac got the MVP. He also was named the Braves' Minor League Player of the Year. Baseball America named him Atlanta's #11 prospect. He played in the Arizona Fall League.

Terdoslavich began 2012 as the first baseman for the Mississippi Braves (.315/.372/.480 in 78 G) then was promoted to the Gwinnett Braves, where he moved to third base and hit only .180/.252/.263 with more errors (22) than runs (19) or RBI (20). For the year, he had 28 doubles and 71 RBI, his numbers far down from 2011. He was 4th in the Braves chain in doubles and third in RBI. Despite only half a season with Gwinnett, he led 2012 International League third basemen in errors, fielding just .831 at the hot corner.

Moving to right field, he kicked off 2013 on a high note and was hitting .318/.359/.567 with 18 home runs and 58 RBI after 85 games. He was tied with Danny Dorn for 4th in the 2013 IL in RBI and tied with Zach Walters and Mike Hessman for 4th in home runs (behind Mauro Gomez, Chris Colabello and Ernesto Mejia). He was also picked for the US team for the 2013 Futures Game but then was called up to the majors on July 3rd when Jordan Schafer got injured (Christian Walker replaced him on the US roster). He made his big league debut the next day, being inserted as a pinch-hitter for Jordan Walden in the 8th inning of a game against the Miami Marlins; he struck out against A.J. Ramos.


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