LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joe Terdoslavich needed just two at-bats on Sunday to eclipse the number of hits his Braves teammates had tallied during Saturday's loss to the Tigers.
Terdoslavich, the Braves' No. 8 prospect, arrived at his first big league Spring Training looking to prove why he impressed many scouts and executives with his bat last summer. The 23-year-old infielder moved closer to this goal by recording a pair of singles in Sunday's 18-3 loss to the Tigers.
Terdoslavich singled through the right side of the infield in the eighth inning and went the opposite way with a ninth-inning single to right field. Not bad for a young switch-hitter who had never previously recorded an at-bat in a big league setting.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity I've been given, just to be here in big league camp to see how it is run," Terdoslavich said. "Growing up in Sarasota [Fla.], I got to watch it when I was younger -- the White Sox, the Reds and the Red Sox for a short period of time. It's good to see it, but it's different watching on the outside and actually being a part of it."
A sixth-round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Terdoslavich recorded a Carolina League record 52 doubles and hit .286 while primarily playing third base with Class A Advanced Lynchburg last year. He will return to his natural position of third base this year with the hopes of giving the Braves confidence that he could serve as Chipper Jones' successor once the former National League MVP ends his playing days.