G-BRAVES NOTES: Terdoslavich off to a red-hot spring start

Despite his struggles in Gwinnett early last season, few doubt that Joey Terdoslavich can hit.

The switch-hitter demonstrated that after being sent down to Class AA Mississippi last year and he has shown it again this spring in early Grapefruit League action for the Braves.

Terdoslavich was 4-for-4 in Saturday's 6-5 loss to Houston in Kissimmee, Fla., to raise his spring average to .643.

But does Terdoslavich, who had five hits in his first 10 spring at-bats, have a legitimate place to play? Even if he finds one, does he have a future with the Braves?

Terdoslavich went into last season considered Chipper Jones' future replacement at third base. After 22 errors in 50 games at third with the G-Braves, that was out.

The native of Florida moved to first base at Mississippi and hit .315 in 78 games.

With Freddie Freeman set at first, though, the plan for this year was to move Terdoslavich to left field.

That is where the 24-year-old will likely start the season with Gwinnett, but the trade for Justin Upton has taken care of the position long term in Atlanta.

For now, the Braves are just glad to see Terdoslavich swinging the bat well again.

The non-roster spring invitee homered in his first Grapefruit League at-bat against Detroit in the second contest Feb. 22 and had a pair of two-hit games, one with a double.

Terdoslavich was 2-for-2 on Friday night in a 6-5 loss to Washington before going 4-for-4 on Saturday.

He is 9-for-14 with three RBIs in nine games and has one walk to no strikeouts.

Mejia wins MVP honor

Ernesto Mejia, the International League all-star first baseman for Gwinnett last season, was named most valuable player in the Venezuelan Winter League.

The right-handed slugger hit 16 homers in 68 games and batted .298 with 48 RBIs.

Mejia, 27, re-signed with Atlanta as a minor league free agent and was put on the major league 40-man roster for the first time. He is expected to start the season back in Gwinnett, but gives the Braves the option of a power bat off the bench.

Mejia hit .296 with 32 doubles, 24 homers and 92 RBIs for the G-Braves in 2012. He led the IL in hits and total bases as well as RBIs.

The native of Venezuela played in eight of the Braves' first nine Grapefruit League games, but was just 2-for-13.

A matter of options

A couple of players potentially ticketed to start the season in Gwinnett would have to clear waivers before being sent to the G-Braves.

Outfielder Jordan Schafer and right-handed reliever Anthony Varvaro are out of minor league options.

Schafer, once a top prospect, faces an uphill battle to make the Atlanta roster, but had five hits in his first 16 Grapefruit League at-bats before going 0-for-3 on Saturday. Varvaro has allowed no runs and two hits in three scoreless innings, picking up a save.

Third baseman Juan Francisco, shortstop Ramiro Pena and reliever Cristhian Martinez are the other players on the Braves' 40-man roster who are out of minor league options.

Braves sign speedy Wimberly

Among the late minor league free agent signings by the Braves was speedy outfielder Corey Wimberly, who has stolen at least 50 bases three times.

Wimberly, 29, had 56 stolen bases for Class AAA Sacramento in 2010 and swiped 59 while in Class AA in 2008. He played in just 39 games for Buffalo last season and hit .301 with seven stolen bases.

Other recent minor league free agent signings by the Braves include veteran pitcher Tim Corcoran, second baseman Luis Nunez and shortstop Sean Kazmar. Corcoran, 34, has pitched in 40 major league games, all with Tampa Bay.


Who: G-Braves vs. Charlotte

When: Thursday, April 4, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Coolray Field.