Pirates Sign 1B/OF Joey Terdoslavich to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed first baseman/outfielder Joey Terdoslavich to a minor league deal with an invite to MLB Spring Training. Terdoslavich has spent a brief amount of time in the majors with the Braves, getting 162 plate appearances over three seasons from 2013-15, and combining for a .221/.296/.324 line.

Terdoslavich was named the 11th best prospect in the Braves’ system by Baseball America in 2012. That was the year he first made the jump to Triple-A, where his career has stalled a bit. Over five seasons in Triple-A, he has a .258/.334/.410 line. Last year he played in Baltimore’s farm system and had a .246/.349/.419 line in Double-A, with a .426 OPS in a brief appearance in Triple-A.

I can’t see Terdoslavich being anything more than an organizational guy in Triple-A, and my guess is that his work will mostly involve the outfield. The Pirates have Jason Rogers for their first base spot in Triple-A, but are short on outfielders, especially after losing Willy Garcia on waivers. A lot would have to happen for Terdoslavich to get a call to the majors, starting first with him rediscovering what was working so well for him a few years ago, and followed by a lot of injuries to guys like Josh Bell, John Jaso, David Freese, and Rogers.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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who? ….yeah I read the article, but who?


Terds is actually an interesting player. Hit really well all through the minors and Dominican and Arizona fall league coming up and then kind of hit a wall after the 2015 season ended. Maybe he can find his stroke and…why am I bothering. I lied. This is not interesting.


We signed Joey Turds?!?! Hopefully no one has used Joey Turds yet. And if they haven’t…Why?


Now we can deal Meadows and Bell! NH is a genius!

Bruce Humbert

once again Osuna gets dissed…
just kidding Tim…

Nuke Laloosh

Turrrrrrrrrrrrrrd! Turrrrrrrrrrrrrrd! Turrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd!


Is he a righty or lefty hitter?


Righty, controllable for 5 years and batted .300 a year or so ago….3 for 10!

Joe P

the big offseason overhaul continues. My head is spinning trying to keep up with NH.


With a name like that you know he’ll be a fan favorite if he gets a call up.


I am upset that the Pirates did not trade at least two of our top prospects for him.

With all of the remarks about his name, I can’t wait for the Pirates to sign Sol Lipshitz who is a second baseman in the Siberian League, which is very, very low A ball. Sol has a lot of potential, but so many of the games get called off due to either weather related issues or no fans showing up.

dr dng

We’re headed to the World Series for sure now!


I’m very happy to call this name a part of the Pirates organization.

Geoffrey G

Polish the turd….


Cue the outrage….


I guess an opportunity is an opportunity, but he is behind Rogers, Osuna, Meadows, Barnes, and probably Moroff for playing time at 1B/OF.

Any guesses as to what the kids called him in elementary school?




I was thinking it was something with ‘Terd’ in it…


Nah, Joey.


I think he was called Joey T

joe s

I guess that puts them over the top and now they will win it all.


way too much sarcasm, not enough to do in your day?

joe s

thanks for noticing. I thought the community had given up on me.


like your humor!


So does this mean that Jose Osuna gets cut?




BTW, nice numbers at AA with the bat – defense not so much .978 fld pct – 16 errors at 1B in only 81 games.

You just cannot make this stuff up


He’s the nephew of Mike Greenwell. And that’s all I’ve got.


Was he a Snl character?


Turd Ferguson.


Buy gold

mitch t


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