Terdoslavich among four Braves sent down

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Joey Terdoslavich re-established his prospect status this spring, but his hot hitting wasn't enough to win a roster spot with the Braves.

Terdoslavich, who hit .395 in 26 Grapefruit League games, was sent to the minors on Monday along with fellow outfielder Jordan Parraz, infielder Blake DeWitt and catcher Christian Bethancourt.

Parraz and DeWitt will join Terdoslavich at Class AAA Gwinnett, while Bethancourt will begin the season with Class AA Mississippi.

Terdoslavich, 24, struggled in the field and at the plate as a third baseman early last season at Gwinnett but regrouped after going down to Mississippi and moving to first base. Now he is primarily an outfielder.

The switch-hitter was 17-for-43 this spring with four doubles, a homer and eight RBIs. He struck out just five times.

Parraz, 28, also had a good spring. He hit .293 with three doubles, three homers and six RBIs in 26 games. He twice broke his left hand when hit by pitches last season and was limited to 34 games with Gwinnett.

DeWitt, 27, hit .244 with six doubles and six RBIs in 26 spring games after signing with the Braves as a minor league free agent. He has played in 422 major league games with the Dodgers and Cubs, posting a .257 average. DeWitt, who plays third base as well as second, battled wrist and back injuries last season.

Bethancourt, 21, is one of the top catching prospects in baseball, but he still needs to work on his hitting. He batted .243 with Mississippi last season before suffering a broken hand and was 2-for-15 with the Braves this spring.

The Braves still have 31 active players in major league camp and must get down to 25 by the start of the season. Pitchers Sean Gilmartin and Wirfin Obispo were sent to the minors on Sunday and will open the season in Gwinnett.