Braves sign three more international players

The Atlanta Braves continue to sign young and talented players from the international market. The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has the latest news on the three new members of the Atlanta Braves' organization.

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.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at

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