Terdoslavich getting back on track

Terdoslavich getting back on track

ATLANTA -- Hailed as potentially the heir apparent to Chipper Jones at third base, Joey Terdoslavich has struggled mightily both at the plate and in the field with Triple-A Gwinnett. But a return to first base and a drop to Double-A appears to have the Braves' No. 6 prospect back on track.

Terdoslavich hit .300 in his first 11 games with Mississippi, with five doubles, a homer and 11 RBIs in 40 at-bats. Those numbers are in sharp contrast to those he recorded at Gwinnett -- .180 with four doubles and four homers in 53 games.

Where the sixth-round pick in 2010 Draft will end up defensively, though, remains in question. He committed a staggering 22 errors at third base with Gwinnett and has three errors at first base with Mississippi.

For now the Braves are simply concentrating on getting the switch-hitter going again at the plate after he struggled trying to make the jump from Class A Advanced Lynchburg to Triple-A to start the season.

Although that is a difficult leap, the Braves thought Terdoslavich could make it after setting a Carolina League record with 52 doubles last year and then shining in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old also held his own with the Braves in Spring Training, batting .240 with three doubles and three RBIs in 24 at-bats.

But the combination of moving to third base after playing first base and in left field last season and facing more experienced pitchers sent him into a downward spiral that he could not escape at Gwinnett.