JOEY TERDOSLAVICH, FIRST BASEMAN
Born: September 9, 1988
Drafted: 6th Round, 194th Overall, 2010 (Braves)
How Acquired: Minor league free agent
College: California State University Long Beach
Agent: TWC Sports
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Atlanta drafted Terdoslavich as a bat-first third baseman, but he moved to first after a couple of years. He’s also spent time in the outfield corners. At either spot he seems to be passable. As a pro, he’s shown more doubles than over-the-fence power. He hit very well from 2011-13, except for the period after he got a two-level promotion to AAA. He didn’t hit much in several major league trials, though, and has tailed off since then in the minors. He generally hasn’t drawn a large number of walks and also doesn’t strike out excessively. A switch hitter, he mostly hasn’t had significant platoon splits except in 2013 and 2016, when 31 of his 32 HRs came from the left side. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal for 2017, with a non-roster invitation to spring training.
The Braves sent Terdoslavich to advanced rookie ball initially, then promoted him to low A for the season’s last few weeks. He hit well, although without a lot of power. Terdoslavich split his time between first and third
Terdoslavich had a good year, breaking the Carolina League record for doubles and earning a ranking from Baseball America as the Braves’ 11th best prospect. He played first for all but three games.
The Braves tried jumping Terdoslavich up to AAA and also moving him to third full time, but neither move worked out. He was overmatched at the plate and posted a dismal .831 fielding percentage on defense. The team moved him down to AA and also moved him back to first. He rebounded well with the bat. BA still ranked him the Braves 18th best prospect.
Terdoslavich went back to AAA, where he played right field. He hit very well and earned an early July promotion to the majors. He spent the rest of the year with Atlanta, but got very limited playing time, serving mainly as a pinch hitter. BA rated him the team’s 15th best prospect after the season.
Terdoslavich spent the entire year in AAA except for a September callup in which he served as a pinch hitter. his hitting declined badly in AAA, even though his plate discipline actually improved.
Terdoslavich’s season was disrupted by a sprained wrist that cost him two months. He returned from rehab in early June and spent the rest of the season shuttling back and forth between AAA and the majors. His hitting mostly rebounded in AAA, but he didn’t do much in limited time with the Braves. He played mainly first and left. The Braves designated him for assignment during the off-season and Baltimore claimed him.
The Orioles outrighted Terdoslavich to the minors shortly after claiming him. He spent most of the season with them in AA, where he hit just decently. He struggled badly in limited time in AAA.
It’s not easy to see what role Terdoslavich will play. Between AAA and AA, the Pirates have Jason Rogers, Jose Osuna, Connor Joe, Edwin Espinal and possibly Jerrick Suiter to play first. They should have plenty of outfielders in AAA, especially if you count utility infielders who also play the outfield. As a result of all of this, Terdoslavich was not on any roster to start the season.
|2017: Minor League Contract
|Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2010
MLB Debut: 7/4/2013
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible: 2022
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: July 4, 2013 (since removed)
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2014, 2015)
MLB Service Time: 1.050
|June 8, 2007: Drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 35th round, 1051st overall pick.
June 8, 2010: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 6th round, 194th overall pick; signed on June 18.
July 4, 2013: Contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves.
January 8, 2016: Claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles from the Atlanta Braves.
January 21, 2016: Designated for assignment by the Baltimore Orioles; outrighted to AAA on January 28.
November 7, 2016: Became a free agent.
January 18, 2017: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.