I just got the official announcement from the Braves PR staff of the signing of 18-year-old shortstop Edward Salcedo of the Dominican Republic. Here are some quotes from the press release:
"This is a significant signing for us," said Johnny Almaraz, the Braves' Director of International Scouting and Operations. "We feel that Edward is one of this year's most talented prospects. He has outstanding makeup and the combination of his fielding and hitting ability make him one of the top international players we've seen in a while."
Bill Shanks has some addition information on the signing, including the bonus, believed to be $1.6 million -- the highest bonus ever paid out by the Braves to an international player. Shanks adds this about what we can expect from Salcedo in the coming weeks:
It might take a few weeks for Salcedo to get the visa to come to the States. Until then, he will continue to work out at the Braves’ complex in the Dominican.
Once the deal is signed, Salcedo will be in the Braves minor league complex and will compete for a starting job in Rome. It's not out of the question for Salcedo to see action this season in High-A Myrtle Beach.
Tremendous signing for the Braves. In one move they have made up for the lack of a first round draft pick this year and secured a solid prospect for possibly the weakest positions in the organization -- the left side of the infield. Salcedo could be a future replacement for either Chipper Jones or Yunel Escobar.
Where would Salcedo land on the Braves top prospect list. Here is Kevin Goldstein on that subjuct:
Plenty are asking, and the answer is that Salcedo would be somewhere in the 5-7 range on my Braves Top 11 list based on early info.
Keep in mind that there haven't been too many scouting reports on this kid in several years. Most talent evaluators also like to wait to see these guys in the minors before pushing them too far up the list. There is a lot of hype associated with Salcedo, so we'll have to cut through all of that and see how he does on the field before we heap too much praise on him.