LANCASTER -- The Atlanta Braves have signed Lancaster Barnstormers infielder Terry Tiffee, the Barnstormers announced today.
Tiffee, an Atlantic League All-Star, will report to the Braves’ Class AAA farm club in Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Tiffee, 33, was batting .297 and was tied for fifth in the Atlantic League in home runs and ranked fifth in RBI, as well. On May 30, he became only the second player in franchise history to belt three home runs in one game when he connected during each of his first three at bats against the Somerset Patriots.
“Terry was one of our leaders,” said manager Butch Hobson in a statement. “He is a really serious hitter. We will miss his bat in the middle of our lineup, but we will also miss his glove at the corners.”
The former Minnesota Twin first came to Lancaster last season and, coincidentally, was also hitting .297 at the time of his June 22 signing by the New York Yankees. He returned to Lancaster on August 31 and finished the regular season with a .293 average, 13 homers and 46 RBI. Tiffee hit safely in all five playoff games against York with eight hits overall in 21 AB. He swatted two homers and drove in six runs.
He will be replaced on the roster by infielder Bridger Hunt, who has previously spent time in the Atlantic League with the Long Island Ducks and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
Information used in this story was provided by the Lancaster Barnstormers.