The Braves believe this was the top lefty pitcher on the international market. He's 6'2", 190 pounds, and the Braves believe he'll gain another inch or two and get up to around 220. Perez has a fastball in the 88-92 range, an above average curve, and a changeup. ESPN had ranked Perez as the 14th best player on the international market this year, but the Braves believe he's even better than that.
"He's somebody we scouted the entire year," said Johnny Almaraz, the Braves' Director of International Scouting. "We were happy with the progress he made. We negotiated the entire night and wrapped him up this morning. He's a good looking kid. He commands three pitches. His poise and command are extremely advanced for his age."
Perez, who was born on November 20, 1991, was in the Braves' Dominican complex this morning and said through Almaraz, "I feel very happy to be a Brave."
HECTOR GARCIA - OF - Columbia
Garcia is a switch-hitting outfielder who is six-foot-three and 190 pounds. He just turned 16 on June 9th. Garcia has run track before, and his athleticism is what impressed Almaraz.
"He was the most athletic outfielder out there this year," Almaraz said. "Hector is just an unbelievable athlete. He can really fly. He has a chance to be an impact player, a corner outfielder with frontline defensive and offensive skills. For me he was the best looking outfielder as far as all his tools."
ERNESTO SILVA - RHP - Panama
The top pitcher in Panama, Silva is 6'2" and 175 pounds. He's a 16 year old kid that has a fastball in the 87-89 mph range now, with good loose arm action. He's also got a good curveball. The Braves think he can become a starting pitcher in the big leagues one day.
EDUARDO CASTILLO - RHP - Dominican Republic
A 17-year-old right-hander with a 90-92 mph fastball, an average curve and changeup. The Braves are impressed with his delivery and his good arm action. Castillo is 6'2" and weighs in at 170 pounds.
AMABLE NIN - RHP - Dominican Republic
Nin is 6'2" and 190 pounds and is 17 years old. He's got a fastball in the 89-93 mph range, with a curve and changeup. He's also got good life on a sinker.
JIMMY DE LOS SANTOS - SS - Dominican Republic
A tall shortstop (6'1", 175) who is only 17 years old, De los Santos has really good hands and will be a middle infielder with good range and a good arm. He's got a chance to be a leadoff man, with good speed.
WEI-CHEN HUANG - RHP - Taiwan
Almaraz flew to Taiwan to see both Huang and Tsai. Huang is 6'0" and 185 pounds. He was born on March 3, 1990. Huang has a fastball in the 88-92 mph range, a good sinker, and a spike curveball that has a downward bite. Huang needs to improve his changeup for that to be his third pitch.
MENG-HSUI TSAI - C - Taiwan
Tsai reportedly drew interest from the Red Sox, Twins, and Mariners. He's 6'0" and 190 pounds. He is a right-handed hitter with good pulling power. Tsai is a good receiver with a strong arm (1.8 to 1.95 to second base). The Braves believe he has a chance to be a solid offensive catcher.
The Braves hope to sign four more players in the next few days. Stay with The Braves Show for more coverage on the international signings.
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