Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Terdo at Third is Worth Two at First Base

or something like that.

As Chipper's career is racing towards the end of the finish line, there's been a lot of talk about who his replacement will be. Should the team look to eventually package prospects for a veteran or perhaps trade for a guy who is on the cusp of being a productive starter at the major league level? Would Martin Prado be the guy? Of course, there's also a great prospect in the lower minors-Edward Salcedo, who was used quite a bit at third base for Class A Rome this year. The guy who I find intriguing, however, is first baseman-turned third baseman Joey Terdoslavich. "Terdo", as he's affectionately known as, is a switch-hitter who absolutely killed the ball at high Class-A Lynchburg this season, where he had 74 XBH and a .867 OPS. Oh yes, I forgot to mention he hit 20 homers and 52 doubles-breaking the 65 year old Carolina League record for two-base hits. The Braves sent Terdo to the prospect-laden Arizona Fall League, where he has continued to see his stock climb. As of Monday, Joey had 11 XBH in 80 at-bats and a .427 OBP. Apparently playing in the spotlight doesn't affect him either: Turdo went 3-3 with a double and a three-run homer in the recent AFL Rising Stars game, which featured the "cream of the crop" in terms of prospects. If you're looking for a "J-Terd" (another great nickname!) card from Topps 2011 Pro Debut or Heritage Minor League Baseball, forget it-they didn't include him in either set. And while he entered the season as a relatively unknown prospect, I'm sure Topps won't overlook him again next year.

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