Posted: 5:40 pm Friday, March 14th, 2014

Hale, Terdoslavich impress in Braves win 

By David O'Brien

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves plan to have David Hale in their injury-depleted starting rotation to begin the season, and the rookie from Marietta pitched Friday like he’s ready despite having only two major league games under his belt.

Hale was charged with three hits, one run and one walk with three strikeouts in four innings of a 6-1 Grapefruit League win against Tampa Bay, and his line could have been even better: He was perfect through two innings, and all the hits came in the third, including a fly-ball single to center that B.J. Upton appeared to misread, and another broken-bat hit.

“The ball started sinking towards the end, which is what I’m looking to see at this point of the year,” said Hale, 26, who had been considered an outside candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation entering camp, before a rash of injuries and possible season-ending elbow surgeries for Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy.

A third-round draft pick out of Princeton University in 2009, Hale got his first major league callup in September and went 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts for the Braves.

“Obviously his fastball is his best pitch, command-wise, but he’s able to throw a slider for strikes, and change-ups,” catcher Gerald Laird said. “He gave up a couple of broken-bat hits and gave up a run, but for the most part you saw a lot of bad swings and some guys on their front foot. I thought he threw the ball really well.

“He’s young, but he’s got good stuff. That’s the way you look at it. Does he have stuff to get guys out? I think he does. If he just goes out there and does what he’s capable of doing, I think we’ll be fine. The more he pitches, the more confidence he’s going to get. For me, to have him going at No. 5, I think he can go out there and win games for us.”

Terdo’s big day: Joey Terdoslavich is competing for the last spot on the Braves’ bench, and Friday he came off the bench and strengthened his case. He put the Braves ahead with a sixth-inning solo homer, then doubled to drive in two more runs for a 4-1 lead in the eighth. Ernesto Mejia followed the double with a two-run homer.

Terdoslavich, Tyler Greene and Jose Constanza are believed to be leading candidates for one open spot on the Braves’ bench, with the other four bench jobs to be filled by Laird, Ramiro Pena, Jordan Schafer and Ryan Doumit.

15 comments
ChessMaster
ChessMaster

Joey is better than Constanza at defense and is a better pinch hitter. Constanza is more limited. Joey can also play first. Joey may need some time in AAA to get his bat going but he did a good job from the bench last year, which means more than spring training.

BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

Terdoslavich should be sent to Gwinnett so he can get warmed up or until he hits better.........I would look at LaStella for that open spot also!

BradleyBreeze
BradleyBreeze

Hale should be the #4 starter.............not #5 which should go to Garcia until Minor is ready.If Floyd ever gets ready then all starters should be evaluated and go from there.Garcia shouldn't get the 4th spot just because of his experience!

TideDawg
TideDawg

I'm afraid the Braves are going to trade some of the minor league talent to shore up some glaring weaknesses.


If Beachy does make it back after another surgery he will be too old at 29 and all of the minor league talent will pass him by. The Braves won't need him when and if he makes it back. Probably the same situation with Medlen.

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

Terdoslavich came into camp as probably the favorite for the last bench spot.  But he's been horrendous from day 1 and hasn't given anyone much belief that he's earned a spot on the team.  He has practically played his way off the roster, and unless Constanza throws it in the tank this next week and a half, JT will be ticketed to Gwinnett.

theoriginaltruth
theoriginaltruth

I heard Roger in an interview today say that he got his start and first opportunity in the majors when someone else had an injury and went down...he didn't name the player. Having Hale step up right now and capitalize on the opportunity is right in the script... 

NoahVale
NoahVale

David Hale will only surprise those who don't know that much about him.  He's a hard worker and has a fantastic attitude and demeanor.   Plus, if you look at his playing career from high school through college (Princeton, where they don't play a full schedule like schools in the south/southwest/west), he hasn't pitched all that much and still has a very live and healthy arm.  David will be one of the top rookie pitchers in the league this year.  

Hesalive
Hesalive

Love that kid, Hale, and hope he gets a shot at the last starting job. He proved last year he has the guts. 

RJRinColo
RJRinColo

I've posted several times since late last season that I had a feeling about Hale, and I still do. Even though the circumstances that will allow him to get a chance aren't the ones I hoped for, I think he's gonna surprise a lot of people.

58Supersports
58Supersports

Ok, I hope Green gets it...can play almost anywhere and hit. Got a bad deal with Cards. Second the speed rat Georgiee.  Not impressed  with Turdo but could be wrong

Hammerman
Hammerman

Gotta give the last spot to Georgie,good things happen when he is on the field.

josewales
josewales

Turdo??? even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then, I prefer Maja as a back up 1st Baseman and pinch hitter but being limited to 1 position  pretty much leaves him out, Domuit has not impressed me either.

theoriginaltruth
theoriginaltruth

@TideDawg


You may well be right on both Meds and Beachy as far as making it back to the bigs. Add the age factor to the well known statistics on the percentage of multiple Tommy John surgeries that make it back.......and their odds grown much higher.


However if the Braves do trade some of their young talent for immediate help, then the talent may be so dry when they do come back that they each do at least have a chance....

TideDawg
TideDawg

@ChopChamps95 Being a switch hitter gives T. a slight advantage if he can continue to improve.

theoriginaltruth
theoriginaltruth

@RJRinColo Second that...loved Hale last fall and remember his family in the stands. He's from right down the road here in East Cobb...love it !


Was hoping he'd get a chance but not this way...