Archive for the ‘ General Baseball 2011 ’ Category

Joey Terdoslavich making a name for himself

First baseman Joey Terdoslavich of the Danville Braves in a game against the Pulaski Mariners on July 19, 2010, in Pulaski, Va. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Atlanta Braves first base prospect Joey Terdoslavich is making his name known in the Arizona Fall League this month. After just four games, Terdoslavich leads the league with a .529 average that includes 3 doubles.

On Monday he went 2-for-5 and knocked in two of those doubles for his team, the Surprise Saguaros, which also includes Braves prospects RHP Billy Bullock, RHP Erik Cordier, RHP J.J. Hoover, LHP Sean Gilmartin, C Christian Bethancourt and OF Todd Cunningham.

Terdoslavich is just picking up where he left off during the Minor League season, when he led the Carolina League with 52 doubles for the Atlanta Class A franchise, the Lynchburg Hillcats. It was a new Carolina League record.

Selected by Atlanta in the 6th Round (194th overall) of 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State, Terdoslavich is the nephew of Mike Greenwell, who played with the Boston Red Sox. Terdoslavich batted .286 for Lynchburg this year.

With Freddie Freeman firmly established at first for Atlanta, the first base position doesn’t seem to be a growth opportunity. At least one Braves beat writer, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, thinks the Braves might try to work him into the outfield, where they need help in left field.

 

Rookie Matt Moore gets the win in Game 1

LHP Matt Moore of the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, S.C., Sept. 3, 2009. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Matt Moore, a 22-year-old lefty who hasn’t even been in the majors for a month, is the first winner in the 2011 playoffs.

Moore led the Tampa Bay Rays to a 9-0 win in the first game of their American League Division Series with the Rangers on Friday.

“Three weeks ago, I was in the Minor Leagues, and to be a part of this now in this postseason push is something I never dreamed was going to happen this year,” Moore told Bill Chastain of MLB.com.

I photographed Moore when he pitched at Fluor Field in Greenville, S.C., two years ago when he was playing for the Rays’ Single A club. Donruss turned one of those photos into a card.

Cards’ Gillung recognized for postseason work

Pitcher Nick Gillung (40) of the Johnson City Cardinals, Appalachian League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, in a game against the Danville Braves on August 19, 2011, at Howard Johnson Field in Johnson City, Tennessee. Danville defeated Johnson City, 5-4, in 16 innings. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Pitcher Nick Gillung of the Johnson City Cardinals has been recognized by MiLB for his work in the 2011 Appalachian League playoffs.

In an article on MiLB.com entitled: “Pitchers of the Postseason” by John Parker, here’s what he had to say about Gillung:

“Gillung, the Cardinals’ 19th-round pick in this year’s Draft, had only two starts among his 12 outings for Johnson City in the regular season and did not appear until its fifth playoff game. The 22-year-old southpaw made the most of his lone postseason opportunity, allowing one run on one hit over six innings as Johnson City completed a two-game sweep of Bluefield for its second consecutive Appy League championship. Gillung fanned six and walked a pair and combined with reliever Logan Billbrough (who fired three perfect innings) on the one-hit clincher.”

Matt Young gets the call for opening day

9 April 2008: Infielder Matt Young (6) of the Mississippi Braves, Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in the season’s home opener against the Mobile BayBears at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

Infielder Matt Young, a long-time Minor Leaguer, got the word today that he’ll be on the Atlanta Braves’ 25-man roster on opening day.

Reports from the Braves’ beat writers indicate that Young was so emotional when he was given the news Sunday morning that he temporarily forgot to listen to anything else that was said.

Nobody in the Braves organization has worked harder to get a roster spot. Young, generously listed at 5 feet 8 inches, has had to work harder than anyone else to get noticed. He has been a perennial award winner and all-star.

He hit .300 last year at Triple-A, .358 just a few months ago in Mexico, and in his career was player of the week in the International League, Southern League, Carolina League, Best Hustler in the Southern League . . . and you get the picture.

Has his height kept him back? Probably, but he keeps hustling and winning awards. And now he finally got the call after being in the Braves organization since 2005.

I’ve photographed him for several years, including quite a bit when he was in Mississippi, and I haven’t seen very many players work as hard as he has. He deserves this shot.

Also selected to the opening day roster today were Brandon Hicks, also a long-time Braves farmhand, another feel-good announcement.

15 March 2009: Brandon Hicks in a game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros at the Braves’ Spring Training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Brave Hampton decides to retire

29 March 2008: Mike Hampton of the Atlanta Braves in an exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians at Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. Photo by: Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images

Former Atlanta Brave Mike Hampton told the Diamondbacks staff this week that he plans to retire.

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports: “When Hampton left D-backs camp Thursday, he informed general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson that he was leaning toward retirement. He returned Saturday morning to tell them and his teammates that he has indeed opted to retire.”

After a good start for the Braves in 2005, Hampton suffered an arm injury and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery. He never pitched well for the Braves after that, tried to make a strong return with several teams, and finally was with the Diamondbacks on a Minor League contract.

I shot this photo in March 2008, when he started an exhibition game with much anticipation. But despite a good start and tremendous determination to return, he never completed the expected comeback with the team.