The background (and some video) of a hot Braves prospect

You’ve doubtless read, courtesy of colleague Dave O’Brien, that the Braves have signed shortstop Edward Salcedo, an 18-year-old from the Dominican Republic. The team likes Salcedo enough to have given him a $1.6 million signing bonus, which is fairly big money for the organization that wanted Johnny Damon, who’s twice Salcedo’s age, to accept deferred money.

As DOB notes, the Braves could afford to invest in a young free agent because they have no first-round pick in the June draft, having forfeited theirs after signing Billy Wagner. And Salcedo has been the apple of teams’ eye for a long time now: He was reported as having signed with Cleveland in 2007 — the figure mentioned was $2.9 million — but the deal, for reasons still unclear, never went through.

For a detailed look on the curious non-contract with the Indians and questions over Salcedo’s age, read this informative assessment from Ben Badler of Baseball America. And here, from the Cleveland perspective, was Anthony Castrovince’s report on MLB.com.

Badler mentioned Salcedo posing for a newspaper in Cleveland regalia. I’m guessing the photo accompanying this post is the picture in question. And Badler also reported that Scott Boras, of whom you’ve heard, was Salcedo’s representative. According to MLBTradeRumors, the player is now represented by Edgar Mercedes.

According to DOB, Salcedo’s age has been verified as 18 by MLB. And the Braves, you should know, considered his signing a big enough deal to issue a three-paragraph press release, complete with this quote from Johnny Almaraz, the team’s director of international scouting:

“This is a significant signing for us.  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.”

OK, so now you’re asking: What does Salcedo look like? Courtesy of USA Today’s Daily Pitch and YouTube, we have our answer: He looks tall and thin — he’s 6-foot-3– with impressive bat speed for someone so young. Click on the video below to see for yourself.

103 comments Add your comment

drmiked

February 24th, 2010
7:04 am

Sweet swing.

chuckw/deadjournalist

February 24th, 2010
7:07 am

very sweet swing

Jim R

February 24th, 2010
7:09 am

Looks like we have found another cruncher. JR

Benjamin

February 24th, 2010
7:21 am

Top five again… always the bridesmaid….

matt r

February 24th, 2010
7:32 am

Too bad, when I saw the headline here I thought we were gonna get to see Heyward bustin up some cars.

Herschel Talker

February 24th, 2010
7:33 am

Surely he’ll be traded for prospects when he’s about to explode. Such is the way of the Braves these days. A great sportswriter once said that $95MM doesn’t get you what it once did.

jeffrey d

February 24th, 2010
7:33 am

Dave O’Brien isn’t an esteemed colleague?

Herschel Talker

February 24th, 2010
7:38 am

jeffrey d – you the man!

lanier

February 24th, 2010
7:39 am

He will be a Yankee in 5 years

Walker, Texas Ranger

February 24th, 2010
7:48 am

Edward swing bat, bat go boom

Mark Bradley

February 24th, 2010
8:00 am

Kudos to drmiked for his “first.”

Mick

February 24th, 2010
8:06 am

Guess we will see him in a few years. Looks promising.

don medeiros

February 24th, 2010
8:25 am

I like the way he doesn’t overstride – just kind of lifts his front foot up and places it back down. Might he grow into a Hadley Ramirez type player – he was much thinner when he first came up.

MatthewH

February 24th, 2010
8:26 am

According to the Baseball America article, he’s a Boras client? That’s not a good sign. Since he is a Boras client, I’d have to agree with lanier (7:39)

Tron5000

February 24th, 2010
8:30 am

Hey Mark, any idea of the date that video was recorded? If he truly is only 18, I’m excited about the signing. 6′3″ SS with bat speed. And it’s a pretty sweet CRACK! when he connects with the ball.

Braves1

February 24th, 2010
8:30 am

MB, how bout not encouraging that stupid “first” crap. drmiked didn’t even say first and you still acknowledged it. It would be nice to see these tools post that garbage. Who give’s a rat’s a## if you arr first!

DawgLink

February 24th, 2010
8:32 am

It is posted on MLBTradeRumors.com that Edgar Mercedes is his agent.

Braves1

February 24th, 2010
8:33 am

I mean’t not post that “first” garbage

Tron5000

February 24th, 2010
8:33 am

MatthewH, Salcedo was represented by Boras during the Cleveland period. He’s now represented b Edgar Mercedes.

leland

February 24th, 2010
8:36 am

Dear Mr. MB–don’t waste your time with CYStC today. It’s like those lines from one of Jackson Browne’s songs:

you take Mary,
I’ll take Sue,
there ain’t no difference
between the two.

Your pal, Leland

Kashi

February 24th, 2010
8:36 am

To me, Braves are tooling more like 1997 Marlins and hoping for a Championship. Is it possible in 21 Century?

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

February 24th, 2010
8:49 am

This is a sports blog. Sports is about competition. Hence, the “first” phenomenon. Get in the game, or go to the showers.

RomeDawg

February 24th, 2010
8:51 am

Look forward to seeing that swing in Rome!

N

February 24th, 2010
9:03 am

Mark: Why do you keep comparing signing prospects to signing veteran stars and putting the Braves down. Development money is seperate from big league payroll. You just want to put down the Braves as much as you can I see. The team is looking very strong compared to a year ago and as nice as Damon would have been it would mean you would have to get rid of either: Diaz, Melky or Heyward (can only carry 25 players).

todd grantham

February 24th, 2010
9:06 am

Mark, i wonder how many of your regular bloggers are still virgins without a first…

what a joke

February 24th, 2010
9:07 am

great he will make it to atlanta for 2 years get good and go to new york or boston. stop with this future crap. baseball is geared toward the big market teams with money. any team in the nfl can make a run and baseball has like 4 teams with a chance. face it the braves are an 84 to 88 win team and 2nd to 3rd in the nl east. how about we ship the braves out of town and get on with our lives

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

February 24th, 2010
9:08 am

Speaking of the Braves, why is power-hitting, 29-year-old corner infielder Hank Blaylock unsigned … injury, cost, butthole-itis?

N

February 24th, 2010
9:11 am

What a joke: If baseball is geared towards money teams why do the Astros and Mets stink. Its proven you can win with a $90-100 million payroll and if your lucky once in a while with much less.

2 years?? You don’t become a free agent after 2 years. Escobar hasn’t even got to his arbitration years yet (as an example).

DDT

February 24th, 2010
9:11 am

Braves1, most likely you have never been first at anything you have done in your life.

elvisaintdead

February 24th, 2010
9:14 am

Somewhere Brad Komminsk and a thousand other “can’t miss” kids with monster bats wipe a tear from their eye.

collegeballfan

February 24th, 2010
9:22 am

Nice swing. Head, hands, shoulders, legs & feet all part of a nice swing.

Now the Braves need to copy that Gen Mgr from the late 1980’s named Bobby Cox. His philosophy was do not trade prospects, trade for prospects. And that was a big part of the run in the 1990’s.

The Braves have a nice core of prospects to build a team around starting in a couple of years.

todd grantham

February 24th, 2010
9:22 am

Mark, do the players brought in from other nations have to go through the amateur draft or can a team sign them directly?

BeeLover

February 24th, 2010
9:23 am

Mark, quit writing this dribble and go out and start covering high school basketball games and earn your bucks……HS Basketball, if you didn’t know is in the playoff season now…..it would be nice if some of you so called sportswriters would do something that we readers would actually like to read!!!!!!

todd grantham

February 24th, 2010
9:23 am

collegeballfan, you hit the nail on the head. wren likes to trade youth for players on the edge of the cliff.

N

February 24th, 2010
9:32 am

Todd Grantham: Please name some youth Wren has traded. He traded for JJ, traded Vasquez for youth.

DirtyDawg

February 24th, 2010
9:35 am

Hopefully, by the time this kid’s eligible for arbitration Liberty Media will have cashed in and local ownership, with the where-with-all to compete financially with the, so-called, big-market teams, will be in charge. Ted?….Arthur?…Bernie?…anybody?

Mark Bradley

February 24th, 2010
9:38 am

Players from outside the U.S. don’t go through the amateur draft.

Mark Bradley

February 24th, 2010
9:39 am

I’d be remiss if I didn’t say hello to Leland. Who has been, I must say, mysteriously absent from these proceedings.

Sonny Clusters

February 24th, 2010
9:44 am

We was reading about the fan that was injured at the ballgame by a hot dog. We was never injured by a hot dog but one of us had some franks following him around Turner Field. Stinky Wintes was one of them. We always thought that was in poor taste but some people would do anything for free tickets. The closest thing we had to a food injury happened at – you guessed it – Dairy Queen. We was enjoying an ice cream sundae with a cherry on top and we swallowed one time and the cherry went down the wrong pipe and we started coughing and sputtering and tearing up and tears was running down our face and we was having a hard time breathing and thought we was going to need some CPR from one of the cheerleaders when Stinky Wintes came up and hollered, “Make some room, I’m going to have to give Clusters CPR.” Well, that did it! We was able to cough up that cherry in a hurrry just before Stinky Wintes puckered up and we was forever grateful for that.

Brian Asselstine

February 24th, 2010
9:47 am

Does he have a tiny waist and a V shaped back? How about bulging biceps and rippling pecs and triceps? Does the sweat glisten off his sunsoaked body as he takes BP?

futureplan

February 24th, 2010
9:50 am

This works out perfectly. He gets 2 years in the minors, Chipper plays two more years for the Braves. We move Escobar to 3rd and slide him in at short. Could be a great left side of the infield…now if only Freddy is for real at 1st, Heyward in right, McCann behind the plate…we could be set for a few years.

Sonny Clusters

February 24th, 2010
9:52 am

We was also reading that Chipper got a deer tattoo. Now isn’t that special? We was wondering if the deer that posed for that was alive or dead? Boy or girl? In the field or on the wall? We was wondering if that deer reported overweight and if that might be the deer they used for making Chipper’s new glove? What happens if that glove gets wet? Clusters always have lots of questions about this time of year.

Mark Bradley

February 24th, 2010
9:52 am

If you haven’t read the details of the lawsuit regarding what the Associated Press called “the wayward wiener,” they can be found here. Strangely enough, there’s no mention of the Clusters/Wintes Dairy Queen intervention.

Mark Bradley

February 24th, 2010
9:53 am

There’s some thought, futureplan, that Salcedo could wind up playing third base.

Sonny Clusters

February 24th, 2010
9:55 am

We was riding along in Gwinnett County one time and we was shocked when all of a sudden from out of nowhere a deer bounded across the road and jumped up on the hood of our car and looked right in the windshield at us all crazy looking and sort of smiled in a wicked kind of way at Jeff and then he jumped off the hood and landed on his feet and went on across the road. We had to clean up the car after that . . . Jeff had made a mess.

futureplan

February 24th, 2010
10:02 am

Either way works. At least we now have an possible answer to the “What will we do when Chipper retires” question. Combine those regulars with a solid core of young pitching prospects (Hanson, JJ, etc.) and we could be in great shape for the long term future.

alan

February 24th, 2010
10:03 am

Here we go again shilling for the braves. He may be a top prospect but what about now? The braves traded their best pitcher for melky. Signed troy glass, who has to handled gently to keep from breaking. Has the same budget as in 2000AD, now the middle of the teams. Why don’t you and the rest of the writiers just admit that the team is not going to win a division title and the folks who will come see them this year are coming just to spend a day outdoors. Coming in second does not count. Winning is what matters. As an example John McCain came in second to Obama. so what he still lost. BOYCOTT THE BRAVES UNTIL WE GET A REAL TEAM.

Blindog

February 24th, 2010
10:05 am

Lets wait until we see how hard he works now that he has that fat bank account. GO BRAVES!!!!!!

Sonny Clusters

February 24th, 2010
10:08 am

It’s been a rough year for mascots what with the Kansas City mascot almost putting that guy’s eye out with an errant hot dog and that poor little dog over in Athens getting painted before the bowl game. Mascots should be treated like coaches and players and be allowed a second, third, and fourth chance as long as they can still help the team win. We was wondering if maybe the Braves should go with a deer mascot this year with the Buck Commander playing third base maybe as many as 105 games this season. The rest of those games they could go with Homer the Brave. We will be watching to find out which Braves player is going to become a Buck Commander now that LaRoche is gone. Of course, it could be a sportswriter . . .

OrlandoDawg

February 24th, 2010
10:10 am

Swing looks a ton like a young A-Rod…how’s his D? Speed?