Shortstop Salcedo hitless in long-awaited Rome debut

Braves’ prized shortstop prospect Edward Salcedo made his long-awaited debut for the Rome Braves Friday night. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a 7-6 win.

The Braves signed the highly-regarded Dominican 18-year-old to a $1.6 million bonus in February. They consider him the equivalent of a first-round draft pick, which they lost this year for signing free agent Billy Wagner.

Salcedo played in the Dominican Summer League while his visa was secured, hitting .297 (22-for-74) in 23 games with five doubles, one triple, one home run and 11 RBIs.

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mclOUTh

July 2nd, 2010
1:28 pm

mclOUTh

July 2nd, 2010
1:29 pm

Figures I would FINALLY get the title on a blog nobody cared about!

treybrave

July 2nd, 2010
1:30 pm

First! He’s gonna be awesome!

Jeff

July 2nd, 2010
1:31 pm

I’ll give you an ‘atta boy’ mclOUTH: WAY TO GO! GREAT JOB ON THE FIRST!

From what I’ve read before, this kid could be the real deal… lookout Escobar, your job could be in jeopardy in 2012 or 2013.

Teacher in Georgia

July 2nd, 2010
1:33 pm

His job should be in jeopardy now… Play Omar.

SB

July 2nd, 2010
1:37 pm

Are you kidding? Esco is much better defensively.

Charlie Lau

July 2nd, 2010
1:45 pm

So much talent at SS…such a shame.

BravesLover

July 2nd, 2010
1:58 pm

Why is Omar pounting so much?

NORRIS

July 2nd, 2010
2:12 pm

The only reason we still have Escobar is because we arent having to pay him that much.

Know How

July 2nd, 2010
2:17 pm

I think Escobar will continue to be a career .290-.300 hitter and a very good defensive player. However I also think he could be big trade bait for us before the deadline as we try to acquire a big bat to help our run.

Carroll Rogers

July 2nd, 2010
2:18 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Prado 2B, 2. Cabrera RF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. McCann C, 5. Glaus 1B, 6. Hinske LF, 7. Escobar SS, 8. Blanco CF, 9. Medlen P

Jeff

July 2nd, 2010
2:25 pm

I would like to THINK that Escober is a career .290-.300 hitter and a very good defensive player… but I’ve seen too many lapses, too many ego moments, too many strikeouts and too many pop-ups to be convinced. We have to wonder is this year is the real Yunel and LAST year was an abberation (sp?)

I think within 3 years, Escobar will be traded to make room for some of our younger guys. Heck, if he keeps hitting like this all year, he might sit out a few games to get Infante in there more.

Chris

July 2nd, 2010
2:31 pm

This guy is going to be Chipper Jones replacement not Escobars. He is 6′3 and has a strong arm and the hitting power will come. They have already said he could convert to 3rd base

Chris

July 2nd, 2010
2:32 pm

He will be the real deal

Mike in Marietta

July 2nd, 2010
2:41 pm

I’m excited about this kid. I am going to make the trek up to Rome tonight and see the game.

hmmmm.........

July 2nd, 2010
2:43 pm

any chance the braves look at blalock? I know he’s an infielder but he was an allstar a few years ago. If hinske can play leftfield then blalock could.

hmmmm.........

July 2nd, 2010
2:43 pm

esco needs to go!

collegeballfan

July 2nd, 2010
2:44 pm

If Salcedo does not make it big time a lot of major league scouts will look real dumb. They all have him as a can’t miss prospect.

BBraves

July 2nd, 2010
3:03 pm

Would like to see Blanco and Cabrera flipped since Blanco and bunt and move the runners up. With as many doubles Prado hits leading off Blanco bunt him over then if Chipper could hit at least sac fly there is a run in beginning of the game.

Idot

July 2nd, 2010
3:06 pm

Has anyone in the Braves management said, given any hint, or indication that the Braves are looking for a power hitter?
And if so, how will they pay his salary, given their payroll budget limitations.
Or is this just pure speculation on the part of some of the want-a-be
GMs?

Idot

July 2nd, 2010
3:08 pm

Melky can lay down a good bunt….about every 7th or 8th attempt.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

July 2nd, 2010
3:10 pm

Rright you are NORRIS. As soon as his contract comes up, we ain’t goin’ to pay ‘Pretty Boy’ what he thinks he’s worth. He’ll be GWTW just like that other prima dona Furcal!

Idot

July 2nd, 2010
3:15 pm

About the closest thing that I have heard about a trade from Braves management concerning aquiring a big bat, is Mark Bradley, who wants to trade away half of the farm for an underachieving RFer from the Rays.

adam

July 2nd, 2010
3:41 pm

first off i would like to say that i have never cared for yunell and it has nothing to do with his poor performance this year. since he came to atlanta he has shown a lot of immaturity and zero effort to change. every night he does something to re-enforce my feelings toward him for example his body language toward an umpire when a call does not go his way or not running out ground balls or more recently throwing a pitty party when he made a few errors in hudon’s last start. what is so sad to me is that i do not think he was mad that he did not make the play as much as the fact that he got charged an error for it(chipper and hudson had to pat him on the back and tell him it was ok). i think he only care’s about himself. believe me, know one wants to see him leave more than me, but if the braves trade him now i do not see the them getting a whole lot in return because of his attitude and the fact that he has had such a poor season. it is easy to take a poor attitude when there producing but not so much when they are not. i hope they hold on to this talent , get his stock up and then move him.

ray

July 2nd, 2010
3:57 pm

Escobar seems to have gotten a bad attitude since the Braves traded his buddy Bryan Pena. His offensive production, especially power, is off and he’s one of the reasons why the team can’t score on a conistent basis.
But 7/31 is near so we can look forward to another panic deadline trade ! whoopeee !

Michael Procton

July 2nd, 2010
4:02 pm

We didn’t trade Pena, ray. We cut him because he wasn’t particularly good.

I must be the Crazy One

July 2nd, 2010
4:25 pm

The Crazy One has tickets for this one tonight, right behind the Dish!!! Guess it’s better to be lucky than it is to be good or rich. Masters is pitching tonight as well, another sort-of-unheard of guy with a sub 2.5 era and another nice right fielder to watch (kid, 6′5″, 230lb’er, looking forward to seeing him as well, haven’t got a chance to peek at him yet).

Braves Fan Since "80

July 2nd, 2010
5:13 pm

All I can do is laugh….. think Vinnie, jeff blauser, mark derosa, heck lemke for that matter…. Esco is no Marcus Giles, he is a player, he is no Brooks conrad, he has a top three arm….

Learn the game and for the record you would have no problem trading him but you will have a problem getting value for him…. Escobar is having an off year you guys still want KJ back and he played bad for three……Escobar rocks and I would like to have a lttle attitude back….if he had a 3rd baseman he could cheat more up the middle

scottbravesfan

July 2nd, 2010
5:57 pm

Mycal Jones is probably going to be the short stop of the future. Salcedo is going to be the 3rd baseman of the future.

hAL

July 2nd, 2010
6:14 pm

haha i lpove you idiots on one hand you want to trade for the biggest loser in baseball upton but dont want a kid with some real fire and drive in esco alspo the guy above who noted he prrety much plays that whole side of the infield by himself is absolutly coorect our 3rd baseman has zero range annd talk about little league effort your one postion too up the middle with youtr talk of course i suspect the esco cooments much like the kkk comments are racially motivated by you white capers dont dare anyone tell the truth about hawstack though ohhh yea todays america the beautiful lol now thats freakin funny

Steve

July 2nd, 2010
8:46 pm

Braves fan since ‘80, you apparently are a fan but know very little about the game. As a Braves’ fan since 73 let me school you some.

1) Conrad’s minor league numbers DWARF Escobars
2) Escobar is NOT an elite fielder. He is in the lower half of the MLB at SS this year and his career fielding percentage is not an abberration. He has very limited range, but does have an above average, accurate arm.
3) Escobar is a terror on the basepaths. As in he terrorizes Braves fans with his apparent inability to count to three which has cost us numerous runs and outs.

You are right, he is no Brooks Conrad. Brooks does the following
– hits better
– fields every position he has been asked to play very well
– runs the bases well
– plays with heart
– does the little things (Yunel has failed on three straight bunting situations but got bailed out on one by Heyward tagging from 2nd on a fly ball to left)
– puts the team AHEAD of himself

Look, Escobar is a talent to be sure, but all this talk about him being so great is ridiculous. He has had two good years and he is 28. It’s not like he is going to improve much more physically, so he will have to do it mentally. The mental improvement is just not there, and knowledgable fans can see that easily. No heart, no drive, no desire, no improvement.

Salty Dawg

July 2nd, 2010
9:22 pm

Mark my words, Escobar will show remarkable improvement next year. I’m not going to say why because everyone will think I’m an idiot. But I predict he will show improvement in both his performance and his attitude next season. I’m not sure if it will matter or not as he nears free agency because I’m not so sure he is in the Braves’ long-term plans.
On the Salcedo topic, why is everyone already plugging him in some near-term lineup? This kid looks like he has the goods, but he is just starting A ball and we all know how often “can’t miss” prospects fizzle out in the minors. The kid is a year and a half from the big leagues at best. But I’ll say this, I’ve seen video of him and the kid looks as legit as they come. Beautiful swing.

Mathman

July 2nd, 2010
11:17 pm

Braves Minor league pitcher Jeff Lyman claimed off waivers today by Oakland.

hAL

July 2nd, 2010
11:19 pm

now one thing i agree with is omar deserves some atbats and im betting he gets some porobably for hinsjke whos gone as cold as he was hot ill leave that too mr cox though mean while now the sillys cant even beat the pirates

Jo-Bu

July 3rd, 2010
1:54 am

Omar was tonight’s man! Tomorrownight, someone else will get it done. You just have to love how this team gets it done in just about as many ways as it can get done. Squeeze plays, SAC flies, walk-off homers, grand slam walk-off homers, etc. The 2010 Braves have a swiss army knife of plays that win games. Last season’s team found more ways to lose games rather than win them. Very refreshing.

hAL

July 3rd, 2010
1:58 am

i doubt roos would have scored on troys double eather hes only very little faster then brian if david leaves now he willl be out of sight in 2 days as opposed to brians 3 days lol hicks could have ran but mr cox saved him for the 11th which turned out just fine thank you big big hit by o and a very good at bat against a guy throwing mid 90’s

hAL

July 3rd, 2010
2:00 am

seeing somone is sure to comment on my no exsistent typing skills i buthered david rossa name above but i still dont think he would score and i think joe said hes still injured

Jo-Bu

July 3rd, 2010
2:01 am

I think Escobar is one of those players who, all of his baseball life has had everyone telling him how great he is and how someday he’s going to be a star in the biggs. I think this becuase his work ethic (or lack thereof) shows it.

Brooks Conrad on the other hand was a career minor leaguer who had to fight, scratch, and claw his way into the show and is thankful for every day he can dress up let alone play. Conrad may never be an everyday starter in the bigs but with the way he plays the game, some other team is bound to value that and take him away from the Braves if the Braves can’t find him a permanent position. His biggest thing will probably be his age and staying healthy in the next five to six years.

hAL

July 3rd, 2010
2:05 am

yea but last years was all nortons fault

JuneBaby

July 3rd, 2010
3:57 am

I believe Escobar is getting a raw deal from Atlanta fans. It’s always the same old thing with Atlanta fans(and no, i won’t say what). I pity J Heyward, if he doesn’t come back and hit at least .350 with 20 homeruns after the injury. Escobar is a good player, and has shown it for the previous 3 years, but he has a little adversity, and Atlanta fans start doing what they always do, especially if the player has a tan. It’s only a matter of time before they’re back on T.P.’s case. The fans here are soooo predictable. B. conrad has no where near the talent that Escobar has, nor the future in the league that Escobar has. And that is not a knock at Conrad, because it’s not his fault Atlanta fans are making ridiculous comments.

john

July 3rd, 2010
8:13 am

hAL- while your visiting the US please get some education.

Wes

July 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

wtf is Procton doing on a Braves’ blog?! And Pena was not cut, he was traded.

Wes

July 3rd, 2010
10:32 am

JuneBaby – the only deal Yunel gets from Braves fans is the deals he creates himself. He has all the potential in the world to be fantastic, but he’s lazy and has absolutely ZERO baseball mentality.

He has the athleticism, certainly. We’ve all seen some of the plays he’s made at short. Then, we’ve all seen the OTHER plays he DOESN’T make at short. They even out in the end.

Yunel goes out every night staring at the birds. He doesn’t want to be here. To steal a line from the Rock – if you don’t wanna be here, then get the F out!

Wes

July 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

I’d win more games with 9 Conrads then I would with 9 Escobars

Ernesto Martinez

July 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

All the complains about Yunel Escobar are greatly exaggerated. This team is not as competitive when Yunel is not playing at SS and the record shows it. The fact he makes mental mistakes are nothing more than lapses of concentration and is prove of his maturity as a player. Many other older players still have some lapses as well. Yunel is a .290-.300 hitter and he makes significantly more of the difficult plays than errors on easy plays. He is a clutch defender and I rather have him there than others with significant less range.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

July 3rd, 2010
11:46 am

hAL, not Norton…George Bush!

stew

July 3rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Yesco was our best player in 2009 and Omar just a utility player. The more frequently he plays the more exposed he is. He’s a good reserve but not an everyday player. Saying that Omar should play over Yesco is a little like saying Ross should play instead of Mac.

George

July 3rd, 2010
12:33 pm

Escobar is a talented major league baseball player with great physical attributes. For years I have wondered when he was going to mature and and I thought last year was his time. However, I have now concluded, based on nothing but what I see at the game that Escobar is not going to become a consistant team player and minimize his dumb mental mistakes and mood swings because he is simply intellectually challenged. His physical ability is there; his mental capacity is not. He just “does not get it”.

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