Braves sign Dominican shortstop prospect

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — The Braves signed highly regarded Dominican shortstop prospect Edward Salcedo to a free-agent contract that includes a $1.6 million signing bonus.

The Braves viewed him as the equivalent of a high first-round draft choice, and think Salcedo could become either their shortstop or third baseman in a few years.

“This is a significant signing for us,” said Johnny Almaraz, Braves director of international scouting. “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 of the top international players we’ve seen in a while.”

Salcedo is rated as a strong defensive player and a better hitter, with a line-drive swing and good power potential. He’s more advanced than most 18-year-old draft picks, and will likely play shortstop at Class-A Rome.

Several other teams had pursued him in recent months including the Arizona Diamondbacks, who reportedly offered $1 million.

He’s been the focus of international scouts — and the subject of some controversy — for the past few years. Salcedo was expected to sign with  Cleveland in 2007 for more than $2 million, but the deal fell apart because of questions about whether he was old enough (16) to sign with a major league organization. As it turned out, he was not.

Major League Baseball conducted an investigation at the Braves’ request, and determined recently that Salcedo is legimately 18 years old now.

He’s about 6-3 and 190 pounds, wiry strong and athletic.

The Braves lost their first-round pick in the June 2010 draft as compensation to Boston when they signed free-agent closer Billy Wagner. The signing of Salcedo, in their view, effectively replaces that pick.

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JC Brave

February 21st, 2010
7:21 pm

ryan c

February 21st, 2010
7:24 pm

will make a draft without a first round pick not feel so empty.

Edward Salcedo

February 21st, 2010
7:25 pm

Please don’t check my real birth certificate, I am 28.

JC Brave

February 21st, 2010
7:26 pm

I always worry whenever the validity of a prospects age comes into question. I mean, how couid you be so close to signing a deal for 2.3 mil and it fall through completely? Any idea what the terms with the Brave are DOB?

Earl

February 21st, 2010
7:34 pm

Good move by the Bravos!! If it indeed goes through. DOB, what would be your estimate on Salcedo being Major league ready, if he progresses the way most feel that he will?

Tbird

February 21st, 2010
7:39 pm

DOB: Shanks is saying not so fast and that there is some inaccurate info out there. What is inaacurate or how solid do you think it is simply waiting on the physical??

Greg

February 21st, 2010
7:59 pm

I’m dubious about the facts, as reported. The Braves don’t out-bid anyone, for anyone.

BravesMania

February 21st, 2010
8:03 pm

I’ve been checking my normal Braves sites to see if this deal has been completed and I’ve haven’t found anything new on the topic.This is most recent info I’ve seen thus far.Is he due to take his physical today,tommorrow or what.If it’s going to get done lets do it fast before other teams screw this up for us.I can’t help but recall the Furcal thing.

csg

February 21st, 2010
8:34 pm

yep, plenty of time for a Furcal type situation to take place. I dont believe anything until there is a presser and all parties are present.

Bob

February 21st, 2010
8:50 pm

If he is under 30, age is not an issue. Can he fetch & fire to first?

Ken Stallings

February 21st, 2010
8:52 pm

If the budget remains stagnant and in middling territory, it will be essential for the Braves to find and sign these overseas prospects.

BTW: Dave I noticed in a prior column you are from North Carolina. Did you attend the UNC School of Journalism? I am from Rocky Mount myself and graduated from NC State.

RomeDawg

February 21st, 2010
9:14 pm

Look forward to having him in Rome for a visit!

jon wilson

February 21st, 2010
9:19 pm

looks like the braves are more concerned of their future than present. Should have put more effort in signing Damon. My prediction for 2010-2011 season: braves- less than 80 wins. By the way, good luck competing against the Phillies, they’ll need it!

Draft Expert

February 21st, 2010
9:27 pm

The Braves do still have a 1st round pick. They lost theirs for signing Wagner but gained the Orioles 1st for them signing Gonzo.

OleJC

February 21st, 2010
9:32 pm

Draft Expert:

I believe they do not receive the O’s pick. It’s protected

csg

February 21st, 2010
9:33 pm

4-2 USA over Canada right now….12min left in the 3rd

ugaaccountant

February 21st, 2010
9:35 pm

They get the orioles second round pick. Our best pick will be a sandwich pick for Gonzo this year.

BravesMania

February 21st, 2010
9:37 pm

Yea you’re right OleJC the O’s pick is protected but we get their second round pick,plus I think we get a sandwick pick between the first and second rounds please clarify if I’m mistaken.

BravesMania

February 21st, 2010
9:48 pm

Yea I just looked it up the O’s pick is protected,we lost ours with the signing of Wagner.We get our first pick in the supplemental round,our compensation for Mike Gonzales Type A status.We get the O’s second round pick for their signing of Mike Gonzales.Here’s the link http://mlbbonusbaby.com/category/2010-draft-order/

ugaaccountant

February 21st, 2010
10:04 pm

Really hoping we sign this guy. We need an infield power prospect developing for Chippers upcoming retirement.

Alboevel

February 21st, 2010
10:30 pm

I like frogs!

Bill

February 21st, 2010
11:12 pm

Get’re done!

csg

February 22nd, 2010
12:12 am

why is it almost 30-45min between comments, what happened to this place?

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jc

February 22nd, 2010
6:42 am

Seems to me like there is enough home grown talent. We need the work!

American Dream

February 22nd, 2010
6:53 am

Send him back to the island. My nephew who plays down at Ashland High is good enough to play for the Braves but won’t get that chance thanks to these immigrants stealing our jobs.

Dan

February 22nd, 2010
7:32 am

F the American Dream

February 22nd, 2010
7:59 am

nobody cares about your nephew if he was good enough to play for the braves he would be but he’s not these immigrants on the other hand are good enough you cannot complain because your nephew doesnt match up to superior athletes

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scott

February 22nd, 2010
8:07 am

What is his DOB, DOB?

Macon Braves (RIP)

February 22nd, 2010
8:27 am

Enough of this posting EVERY little story under the blog headline!!! This is stupid and aggravating. We will read these short stories if you just post them under the Braves headlines also, then we wouldn’t have to go searching for the current blog everytime we log on!!!!!

sidslidkid

February 22nd, 2010
8:29 am

“Send him back to the island. My nephew who plays down at Ashland High is good enough to play for the Braves but won’t get that chance thanks to these immigrants stealing our jobs.” – American Dream

Thanks, I needed a good laugh this morning. What makes it even funnier is that I don’t think you’re joking.

Lifetime Bravo Fan

February 22nd, 2010
8:39 am

Oh no, now that it is out, bet we are gonna lose another one. The Braves are always used as pawns for that higher salary to another team, especially if and when Boras is involved.

You would think Braves management would shut up on player negotiations until they are inked!

Maybe Edward will at least say Thank You.

sidslidkid

February 22nd, 2010
8:48 am

“You would think Braves management would shut up on player negotiations until they are inked!” – Lifetime Bravo Fan

And you would think that as a “Lifetime Bravo Fan” you would realize that the Braves are one of, if not the most tight lipped organizations there is.

Marko

February 22nd, 2010
8:49 am

Aside from Chipper, McCann & Escobar, looks like the Braves prospects could put up a better team than the Atlanta Braves.

bravofan

February 22nd, 2010
9:19 am

play streak for the cash with me on espn the group is called Atlanta Braves all you have to have is an espn account come play its fun

PMC

February 22nd, 2010
9:29 am

DOB shouldn’t this read “alleged 18 year old”?

dpelfrey

February 22nd, 2010
9:41 am

It’s about time they started to address the lack of organizational depth at third. Get some weight on this kid and get him some work at the hot corner.

And my instincts are telling me he’s probably closer to 21 years old. The 3-year fudge seems to be standard practice for these dominican prospects.

fordcobra

February 22nd, 2010
9:48 am

I hope if the Braves do sign him he will not turn out to be Edward Scissorshands.

Enlightenment

February 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

csg: “why is it almost 30-45min between comments, what happened to this place?”

When the ringmaster of a blog is an arrogant jerk, who speaks to his readers in a condescending tone, this is what ya end-up with.

Every reader is not a baseball expert, and should not be treated as though they should be…

Chopper

February 22nd, 2010
10:11 am

I for one am glad to hear something like this. It’s better than “Yankess sign top D.R. SS prospect”. Plus even if he’s not 18, he’s likely played a lot of professional ball in the Carribbean, so he’s a lot farther along than an 18 year old American high school SS. So he could be in the mix in 3 years when Chipper’s contract expires or he retires, to play 3B or SS and have Yunel slide over to play 3B. The Braves don’t currently have anybody worthy of taking over 3B when Chipper is done. Unless you consider Martin Prado, but then 2B would have to be filled.

ExBraves Fan

February 22nd, 2010
10:25 am

If Braves get him without any other bids, then he is a Mendoza Line hitter, with no power, 3 steals, 45 errors per season, released by the time he is 24.

unbelievable

February 22nd, 2010
10:25 am

or it could be the fact that everyone is staying on one of the other blogs instead of moving to every new one that gets posted

unbelievable

February 22nd, 2010
10:26 am

ExBraves Fan – so you arent an optimist I guess.

Andruw Jones

February 22nd, 2010
10:30 am

Good luck Edward…I’m old enough in real age to be your grandfather.

wjones

February 22nd, 2010
10:37 am

“unbelievable

February 22nd, 2010
10:26 am
ExBraves Fan – so you arent an optimist I guess.”

I think if I had his outlook, I might be on suicide watch–what a crummy way to live life! Maybe if he’s an ex-braves fan, he should be an ex-blogger as well. Life’s too short.

Supes

February 22nd, 2010
11:13 am

If he’s as good as advertised…in 3 years Braves can have him start at SS and move Esco over to 3B to take over for Chipper, since we don’t have a legit 3B prospect in the minors as of right now.

helmet head

February 22nd, 2010
11:45 am

Wren/Braves are being used again. This kid will sign elsewhere.

IJ Rosenberg

February 22nd, 2010
11:48 am

Hey Everybody! Remember me? I need job too!

unbelievable

February 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

mlb rumors is saying he’s receiving other offers. Something doesnt feel right about this one either

LOL - AMERICAN DREAM is YOUR DREAM!

February 22nd, 2010
1:08 pm

Hey American Dream – I thought you were like ever’one else in these here parts and were a good capitialist. This kid is better than your nephew or grandson or anyone else in your family – so you lose. All we Braves fans care about is winning… tell your nephew he needs to get into another line of work!

JT Grace

February 22nd, 2010
1:09 pm

Hopefully the Braves can get this kid signed. It is about time that they spent some money building the farm system back up again. After the graduation of Heyward the farm system is pretty devoid of elite position prospects.

BobbyPutnam

February 22nd, 2010
1:09 pm

Sweet Old Buck

February 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

I’m waiting for some discussion about a prospect to replace Chipper. Seems that ought to be a top priority, since the farm system doesn’t have any. Some have written that he will retire when Bobby does. Big problem!

Cheapo Braves

February 22nd, 2010
1:12 pm

How did the Braves out bide others onthis kid?? This is a first!!

ugaaccountant

February 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

We want him to be getting offers, from all kinds of other teams. Means he’s good. However in the end the Braves still stand a very good chance because
1) We’re willing to offer a substantial signing bonus, allegedly
2) we’ve been recruiting him for months
and most importantly
3) Our organization actually does an outstanding job of developing talent. We’re constantly near the top of minor league ratings, despite having low draft picks. We’re doing good work down on the farm.

If he doesn’t believe the Braves organization has what it takes to develop young foreign talent, ask recent signees like Teheran, Delgado and Bethancort, all of whom have become top national prospects in under 2 years in our system.

Dunwoody Dan

February 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

I agree with what others wrote; how did we bid more than other teams?

ugaaccountant

February 22nd, 2010
1:18 pm

cheapo braves – The Braves organization does fund our minor league system well. I complain alot about the major league budget, but between domestic and international signees, we do ok in the minors.

The Braves had been planning for awhile to let Soriano leave in free agency and collect an extra 1st round draft pick, + a sandwich pick, in compensation. Soriano screwed those plans up by accepting arbitration, leaving the Braves without a 1st round draft pick.

But, the Braves still had a budget for a 1st round draft pick. That money is likely what is being used to sign this kid. In my opinion anyway.

Ray Pugh

February 22nd, 2010
1:31 pm

My God I can’t wait ’til August when we’re neck-and-neck w/ the Phils, and all you haters will be eating your words…

Riding the Pines

February 22nd, 2010
1:44 pm

For God’s sake, make CERTAIN that Chipper doesn’t try to give this guy a call.

ugaaccountant

February 22nd, 2010
2:01 pm

Riding the pines – I do get the joke based on the Damon sales pitch, but can you imagine the thrill it would be for an 18 year old to hear from the future hall-of-famer that he’s being recruited to replace? This kid would instantly be our top 3b or SS prospect in our system.

Riding the Pines

February 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

uga – No doubt. Hadn’t thought of it in those terms.

Tami

February 22nd, 2010
3:18 pm

Just a quick glance, & I saw a few naysayers already. I will say that we do need to think about life after Chipper at some point. It’s truly scary, in a way, how fast his career & the years have gone by. I still remember his rookie season vividly. But, he has only about 5 or less years left in his career. If this kid from the DR is any where close to Chipper’s level of talent, then hopefully this deal works out. But….I will agree with the “naysayers” to a point: There still needs to be some money for this year’s team & the BIG BAT that’s STILL needed . . . .

F the American Dream

February 22nd, 2010
5:26 pm

but if this kid gets signed to a major league deal doesnt he have to be on the 40 man and didnt we fill that up when we traded for melky?

ugaaccountant

February 22nd, 2010
5:55 pm

This kid would be heading to rookie ball, not the major leagues. We sign international players to deals like this a couple of times a year. Nothing unusual here other than him being more expensive/sought after than most.

hal

February 23rd, 2010
8:12 am

i saw a video clip someplace on him looks more like a gap to gap guy more then a big powrer guy but looked like he can really throw at least and looked smooth in infield

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GRADUATE THE FARM

February 23rd, 2010
10:30 am

I saw some videos on him too and he looks like he’s got raw talent but a long swing pulls his head on the outside pitch(which tells you one thing he wants to just pull the ball…FRENCHY) hopefully the farm will straighten him up and he’ll be chippers replacement in about 2 years

rico43

February 23rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Once again, the Braves make a clear-eyed decision to address an important need. If all goes well, Chipper’s heir is about to hit the pipeline.

WinSomething

February 23rd, 2010
4:43 pm

Looks like a great pick up Cant wait to see how he does in A ball. Lets hope he lives up to the potential everyone sees in him.

Chopper

February 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

On paper this sounds like a great move, considering the lack of a first round pick this June AND the lack of a successor to chipper Jones at 3B (or SS depending on how things shake out).

Plus he’s slated to be in Rome or Myrtle Beach this season. I mean, Jason Heyward started last season in Myrtle Beach. So that tells me the Braves believe this kid is pretty advanced at 18. This is great news, since chipper is only signed thru 2012. This kid could play in Rome/Myrtle Beach this year, Miss/Gwinnett next year and maybe be major league ready by 2012 for some overlap with Chipper’s potential last season.

andy

February 23rd, 2010
6:59 pm

just remember that ole chip was drafted as a SS prospect.

andy

February 23rd, 2010
7:02 pm

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ghsclassof2012

February 23rd, 2010
7:22 pm

essentially trading a draft pick for billy wagner and acquiring this prospect?Sounds good to me! Plus, the Braves get a couple more months with this kid than they would a draft pick, i like it.

jj

February 23rd, 2010
7:30 pm

Talking about getting paid,I wonder when Escabar will get paid like Mac got paid long before his arbitration time?A guy mentioned Chipper,Mac,and Escabor in an earlier post and I just don’t understand how The Braves could not want to treat him as they did Mac and Frenchie,esapecially when you see how valuable and productive he has been.Maybe DOB can explain it.Pay Escabor and JJ.They are worthy,aren’t they?

brian

February 23rd, 2010
9:38 pm

what the braves do is the best

Joshhh...

February 24th, 2010
12:22 am

Well someone in Rome just lost their job haha

I’m so happy the Braves got this guy, I can’t wait to see what he does.

Check out this batting practice video of him: http://bit.ly/a1oivt

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Braves Fan Since "80

February 24th, 2010
10:21 am

Given the braves recent SS selections this kid should be a keeper….but so was Betimet, Ramirez (not hanley). I like his /our chances……..

Yurtle_the_turtle

February 24th, 2010
1:04 pm

I just fault the Braves for signing Wagner and losing a first round pick in the process. As unstable as he was at times, I would have kept Gonzalez (without the major rehab), kept our #1 pick overall, and signed this kid. I’m thinking that Wagner is not so much superior over Gonzalez as to cost us a high draft choice.

ET

February 26th, 2010
11:02 am

F the American Dream

February 27th, 2010
10:36 am

but wagner can bring along a future closer like kimbrel a hell of a lot better than gonzalez wagner will definitely aid in the development of our young relievers

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