Braves sign Australian infielder

The Braves Show's Bill Shanks has the latest international signing by the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves have signed another player from down under, inking 19-year-old shortstop James Linger to a contract.

Phil Dale, the Braves' scout in Australia, told The Braves that Linger is a five-foot-eleven, 190-pound infielder with a plus arm and average speed. Dale said that Linger has lead the National High School Championships the last two years in hitting.

"He's a gamer," Dale said.

According to reports in Australia, the Minnesota Twins were close to signing Linger before the Braves stepped up and agreed to a deal.

The Braves have signed several high-profiled kids from Australia in the last few years, including catcher Matt Kennelly and lefty pitcher Steve Kent. Plus, Peter Moylan and Phil Stockman are two members of the Braves' 40-man roster who are from Australia.

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 be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at

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