Gwinnett (32-44) vs. Syracuse (28-44)
Last night, Joey Terdoslavich went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. It was the first time he has amassed four hits this season and the first time completing the feat since 8/25/11 at Myrtle Beach. On the season, Terdoslavich is hitting .314 (89-for-283) with 15 homers and 51 RBI. He has a team-leading .558 slugging percentage and a .907 OPS…
He will lead the Braves as they face Syracuse right-hander Ryan Tatusko on Saturday night. The Chiefs hurler is 1-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 games (six starts) this season. Drafted in the 18th round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft out of Indiana State University by Texas, Tatusko began his professional career with the Rangers’ organization. After two short seasons with Texas, he was traded to Washington in exchange for Christian Guzman in 2010. He had a breakout season in 2010, going 12-3 with a 2.63 ERA as he split time between Double-A Frisco (Texas) and Harrisburg (Nationals). Baseball America ranked him the 26th– best prospect in the Nationals organization at the end of the season. However, he has scuffled since then, finding little success at any level.
Entering 2013, he has recorded a minor league record of 36-42 with 3.92 ERA in 184 games (90 starts). He can overpower hitters, striking out 527 batters in 664 innings (7.1 SO/9).
Tatusko features a live fastball, clocked in the mid-90’s, and three other secondary pitches. His curveball is his second best pitch, throwing it ahead and behind the count. He also throws a changeup and slider, but his fastball is his best pitch.
He will face the lineup below: