G-Braves Terdoslavich makes Futures Game


-- What: MLB Futures Game

-- When: July 14, 2 p.m.

-- Where: Citi Field, Queens, N.Y.


LAWRENCEVILLE -- For the first time since 2011, the Gwinnett Braves will send a player to Major League Baseball's Futures Game during the coming All-Star weekend.

The resurgent Joey Terdoslavich earned a spot on the U.S. Team for the 2013 thanks to his team leading .323 batting average and International League leading 96 hits, 43 extra-base hits, 24 doubles and 176 total bases. He is also third in the IL with 57 RBIs and a .593 slugging percentage. The game is July 14 and will air live at 2 p.m.

Terdoslavich joins Atlanta Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt in the game. The catcher, hitting .263 with Class AA Mississippi, will play for the World Team. Julio Teheran, who started for the World Team in 2011 was the last G-Braves player to play in the annual showcase.

Terdoslavich's arrival in the Future's Game cements his comeback season this year after hitting just .180 last year in 53 games with the G-Braves to start the season. The switch-hitter was tabbed as a potential replacement at third base for the Atlanta Braves and struggled defensively as well. He made the Futures Game as an outfielder, but mostly as a hitter.

Former Norcross football standout Delino DeShields Jr. will also play for the U.S. Team. In Class A Lancaster in the Houston organization, DeShields is hitting .288.