Terdoslavich begins transition back to third base

Terdoslavich begins transition back to third base

Terdoslavich begins transition back to third base
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Joe Terdoslavich has found it difficult to hide the excitement he has felt while working alongside veteran third baseman Chipper Jones during the Braves' first two full-squad workouts.

"It was pretty cool," Terdoslavich said. "I had a pretty big smile on my face yesterday. That was definitely one of the coolest things I've gotten to do. It's work. But it hits you, 'I'm taking ground balls with one of the greatest players of all-time and one of the guys I looked up to growing up.'"

Growing up a switch-hitting third baseman in Sarasota, Fla., Terdoslavich grew up idolizing Jones. Now he finds himself a candidate to serve as his successor.

With the possibility that Jones could retire this year or at the end of the 2013 season, Terdoslavich is slated to make the move back to third base this year. He played the position during his collegiate career at Long Beach State University and in a little more than half the games he played for Rookie Level Danville and Class A Rome in 2010.

Terdoslavich primarily played first base while playing for Class A-Advanced Lynchburg and notching a Carolina League record 52 doubles last year. His hopes of playing third base in the Arizona Fall League were erased when he landed on the same team of Rangers prospect Mike Olt and Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez.

Terdoslavich said he spent much of the winter months fielding ground balls at third base and re-acquainting himself with a familiar position.

"It's not tough," Terdoslavich said. "I've played it my whole life. Third base is like hitting. It's a reaction position. If you're not over there all the time and you're not getting constant reps, it's tough to keep your timing. It's a timing position."