Future Braves stars among roster cuts

Future Braves stars among roster cuts

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez praised catcher Christian Bethancourt and third baseman Joey Terdoslavich before informing them that they had been reassigned to Minor League camp.

"We're going to see [Terdoslavich] at Turner Field, and the same thing with Bethancourt," Gonzalez said. "It's just a matter of them letting us know when they are ready. What I mean by that is that when they tear up the Minor Leagues and there is no other place to send them but the big leagues, we'll see them."

The Braves announced Friday that Terdoslavich, Bethancourt, first baseman Ernesto Mejia, left-handed pitcher Dusty Hughes and right-handed pitcher Adam Russell had been reassigned to Minor League camp.

Hughes, Russell and Mejia will all likely begin the year with Triple-A Gwinnett. Terdoslavich and Bethancourt are expected to start the season with Double-A Mississippi.

Terdoslavich batted .240 (6-for-25) with three doubles while experiencing Grapefruit League action for the first time. The switch-hitting infielder has played third base most of his life and will have the opportunity to move back to that position with Mississippi this year. If he proves he can play the position, there is a chance he could succeed Chipper Jones as Atlanta's starting third baseman in 2013.

Bethancourt had six hits, including a double and a home run, in 15 at-bats during the exhibition season. But the 20-year-old catcher made his greatest impression with his quick feet and strong arm. The Braves timed at least two of his throws to second base at a very impressive 1.84 seconds during Grapefruit League action.

"Defensively, right now, he can play in the big leagues," Gonzalez said. "But we've got [Brian McCann]. He'll let us know. He'll go to Double-A, tear up that league and then go to Triple-A and tear it up. Then he'll be up here."