The Braves have signed three additional international players. Here is the information:
Reidy Escobar - RHP - 6'4", 170 - 16 years old - Venezuela
The Braves compare Escobar to Royals' pitcher Denny Bautista, whom they scouted out of the Dominican several years ago. Escobar throws in the 83-85 mph range with good arm action. The Braves think he's going to be a hard-thrower eventually. He's very raw right now, but Escobar's going to grow and fill out. The Braves believe his delivery is pretty good for a sixteen-year-old.
Manual Vega - RHP - 6'1", 165 - 16 years old - Panama
Another projectable arm. Vega is a little more advanced than Escobar. His fastball is in the 84-86 mph range, but his breaking stuff is a bit better. The Braves think Vega's got a good feel for pitching.
Junior Rodriguez - RHP - 6'1", 180 - 17 years old - Dominican Republic
A former middle infielder that the Braves believe can pitch, Rodriguez throws 87-92 mph on the mound with a plus breaking ball. Of the three new signees, Rodriguez has the best chance to play in the Gulf Coast League next year.
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Braves sign three more international players
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