First on The Braves Show - International News

Here's the exclusive news on the Braves first four international draft signings.

Erick Maldonado - OF - Venezuela - 6'2", 185 - 16 years old
A kid with raw power who has a very good hitting approach. He's got an average arm and is an average runner, but he's got good hands and good power for his age.

Emanuel Daniel - CF - Dominican Republic - 6'1", 170 - 17 years old
Daniel can really play the outfield. He's an average runner and has an average arm, along with a short swing and gap power.

Jesus Saldejo - RHP - Venezuela - 6'1", 180 - 16 years old
Saldejo has a fastball in the 88-91 mph range, an outstanding changeup, and a good curve.

Elias Valdez - LHP - Venezuela - 6'3", 180 - 16 years old
Valdez has a really good curve and a decent change with good decemption, along with a fastball in the 85-89 mph range. The Braves really like his arm action.

Bill Shanks hosts The Bill Shanks Show on WFSM Fox Sports 1670 in Macon, Georgia and The Braves Show Talk Show. Shanks writes a weekly baseball column for The Macon Telegraph and is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team. You can email Bill at

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