The Pirates have announced that they’ve signed switch-hitting first baseman and outfielder Joey Terdoslavich to a minor-league deal.
Terdoslavich spent last season with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization, batting .233/.340/.384 while playing mostly first base. Beyond that, the 28-year-old’s performance record is tough to get a handle on, as his performances have been inconsistent and he missed a chunk of time in 2015 due to a wrist injury. He’s played parts of three seasons in the big leagues and batted .221/.296/.324, although he didn’t appear in the majors last year and doesn’t seem likely to with the Pirates unless he performs unexpectedly well and there are a bunch of injuries. Terdoslavich could play at either Altoona or Indianapolis, where he’ll have to compete for playing time with some combination of Jose Osuna, Jason Rogers and Edwin Espinal.
Terdoslavich’s name, by the way, is pronounced Ter-DOSS-la-vich, not the way you probably imagined. I felt like there should be a separate paragraph dedicated to the name.