Braves Sign Edward Salcedo

The Braves officially signed 18-year-old Dominican shortstop Edward Salcedo to a deal worth $1.6MM today. He was considered one of the best prospects in Latin America back in 2008, however MLB launched an investigation to confirm his age and identity at the Braves’ behest. 

Salcedo’s birthday was recently established as July 30, 1991. Originally represented by Scott Boras, Salcedo is now represented by Edgar Mercedes, who said the Braves were his client’s first option. Reports in 2008 indicated that Boras was seeking upwards of $5MM for Salcedo. Atlanta recently applied for a visa to allow him to visit their Spring Training complex. 

Atlanta considered Salcedo the equivalent of a high first round pick, which is good because they forfeited their 2010 first rounder to sign Billy Wagner and didn’t receive compensation picks for Rafael Soriano. Already standing 6′-3″, Salcedo is considered to be one of the best offensive players to come out of the Dominican in quite some time, however there are some questions about his ability to remain at short.

The AP first reported that Salcedo’s age had been confirmed (thanks to Nick Collias for the translation), and MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reported that the two sides were near an agreement. Dave O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the terms.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


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100 Comments on "Braves Sign Edward Salcedo"


Guest
5 years 6 months ago

Well he could certainly take over when Yunel becomes a free agent in a few years.

5 years 6 months ago

Assuming, of course, that he leaves.

coolstorybro222
5 years 6 months ago

We could move him to third if Chipper retires.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

he’s got the arm.
Give him a 6 years/$31M after this year
it’s what Tulowitzki got; he had 2 years of experience; Yunel will have 3 and a half around…

alxn
5 years 6 months ago

The throw from SS tends to be longer than the throw from 3B. Usually the toughest part of the transition is having less time to react to sharply hit balls.

brygar
5 years 6 months ago

Via PerfectGame USA:

“Edward Salcedo is a FA SS with a 6’3”, 190 lb. frame from La Vega, Dominican Republic. Big League body, strong and athletic. Smooth, easy defensive actions, easy plus arm, can really play SS. Aggressive swing, power projection, deep load from wide base, good bat speed, geared to drive fastballs, timing will be an issue. All the tools to be a top player. Potential 1st round type if in draft. ”

Sounds promising. I wonder what the terms will be.

brygar
5 years 6 months ago

Via PerfectGame USA:

“Edward Salcedo is a FA SS with a 6’3”, 190 lb. frame from La Vega, Dominican Republic. Big League body, strong and athletic. Smooth, easy defensive actions, easy plus arm, can really play SS. Aggressive swing, power projection, deep load from wide base, good bat speed, geared to drive fastballs, timing will be an issue. All the tools to be a top player. Potential 1st round type if in draft. ”

Sounds interesting.

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

SS’s make good 3B-men…

brygar
5 years 6 months ago

But they make poor Catchers…

coolstorybro222
5 years 6 months ago

Brad Asumus disagrees with you

Devin Ruffner
5 years 6 months ago

as does Victor Martinez

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

but Victor Martinez agrees.

alxn
5 years 6 months ago

Assuming this guy is signed and pans out (obviously a big assumption), he or Escobar would probably be more than capable of playing 3rd. Maybe this will help stop the stupid obsession with finding a 3rd base prospect that the Braves nation seems to have.

Reload78
5 years 6 months ago

How is findind a 3B prospect a “stupid obsession”? It’s not like Chipper is going to play forever, and the Braves have a huge lack of position prospects in the minors.

alxn
5 years 6 months ago

It’s always stupid to take a less talented player because he plays a certain position. I’m mainly referring to the people who think the drafts are failures because the Braves didn’t land a 3rd baseman in the 1st round or that they need to trade specifically for a 3rd base prospect.

Reload78
5 years 6 months ago

Sounds like this guy is going to be brought up as a 3B prospect. Some quotes form an ESPN Insider article.

“Though first marketed as a shortstop, at least one scout thinks he’ll most likely have to switch positions. ‘For sure he’s going to third base now’ the scout said.”

NL_East_Rivalry
5 years 6 months ago

Better than Pope, most likely.

MLB_in_the_Know
5 years 6 months ago

I hope the Braves do sign this young man. From the videos I have watched of him playing, he seems to have great athleticism. I do worry about Yunel leaving in a few years. (He is represented by the same company that represents Furcal, whom JS vowed to never do business with again.)

NYBravosFan10
5 years 6 months ago

i would think he would make an exception

BravesRed
5 years 6 months ago

The video I just watched just showed him trying to hit home runs, which would be another Andruw Jones. I wasn’t impressed.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

We can only hope this guy turns into a young 3B Andruw Jones. Comon now..

BravesRed
5 years 6 months ago

I’m sorry, but I don’t wanna have another Andruw Jones on the Braves. You might want someone lazy on the Braves, but I don’t. You also might want someone on the Braves that only try to hit home runs and don’t get on base no other way, but I don’t.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

I would take a lazy .303/.366/.541/.907 36HR 21SB and elite defense any day of the week. That’s the kind of stuff a young Andruw clone would bring.

Reload78
5 years 6 months ago

Do you even know who Andruw Jones is? Or did you only start watching baseball two years ago?

Mommyslittlemonster
5 years 6 months ago

The original post was about a young Andruw Jones. Or do you only start reading posts after 2 replies?

floatsam
5 years 6 months ago

And apparently BravesRed didn’t know what a young Andruw Jones looked like. The dude was definitely not lazy and was one of the best players in baseball with his time with the Braves.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

The Braves have team control over Chipper, Escobar and Prado for the next four seasons so I’m not that concerned about or infield depth on the farm. We do need to be signing and drafting these kinds of young SS/3B impact prospects in event of an early Chipper retirement or when things shake up in 2014.

Hotlanta9986
5 years 6 months ago

bbxxj, long time no talk, why’d you leave the espn boards?

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

Honestly, the insane amount of uncontrolled trolling drove me away. I just switched to TalkingChop.

Hotlanta9986
5 years 6 months ago

hahaha, understandable, we could use you though! It’s actually gotten worse, they’re posting during the offseason now too. I’ve thought about heading over to talking chop too.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

Unfortunately I don’t have the power to defeat trolls. The best way to be rid of them is to go where they can’t go.

csg
5 years 6 months ago

bravesjournal.com is a great site and is always closely monitored

mattinglyfan
5 years 6 months ago

I remember reading about this guy, the Indians had some interest about a year ago too.

bringbackrocker
5 years 6 months ago

I like it

bringbackrocker
5 years 6 months ago

I agree we need to start finding a replacement..Chipper won’t be around much longer.

goldenglove002
5 years 6 months ago

Sounds pretty solid that something will happen there. Potential Chipper replacement a few years down the road?

csg
5 years 6 months ago

if Chipper struggles again or has any more foot problems he may be closer to retiring than finishing out his contract. The Braves will always have pitching prospects to trade for middle infield depth if they need too, but signing a guy like this never hurts your chances. Id take a young Andruw Jones type production at any position.

NYBravosFan10
5 years 6 months ago

If this guy can pan out the way he should then i like the signing. If Escobar keeps it up, he might be better suited for third base. He’d turning into a power guy and that tells me he belongs at third base. That arm of his would be just fine there and maybe this guy could be ready by that time because unlesshe blows everyone away this spring training I don’t see Brandon Hicks going much further than AAA stalwart or going to the Royals

csg
5 years 6 months ago

Brandon Hicks will probably end up a super utility type player. He doesnt have the bat, but they rave about his glove. Scouts say his defense is MLB ready now

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

Hicks has an amazing glove and his power/batting eye combo is actually pretty good but his awful contact rate is really holding him back. He had a nice second half of the season last year so I’m hoping for a bit of a breakout from him.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

Let’s get this done Aquino. We have some of the best pitching depth and talent of any system but beyond Heyward, Schafer and Freeman (and maybe Cody Johnson and Bethancourt) we don’t really have much in the ways of impact positional prospects. Salcedo would go a long way to improving our talent base.

csg
5 years 6 months ago

exactly right and if he’s anywhere close to a first round pick like they say he is then $2mil may be money well spent

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

I think the 2M offered this year to Damon and the 2M defered to next year would be much better spent signing this guy this year and another similar Latin bat next year for ~2M.

tbettack
5 years 6 months ago

couldnt agree more.. with our outfield pretty much set, why not try to improve for the future? Hopefully we can lock this deal up

BravesBallboi
5 years 6 months ago

Only problem with this kid is… Scott Boras is his agent but other than that he could become a young Andruw Jones before he turned into a lazy turd off course

BravesBallboi
5 years 6 months ago

My mistake Boras used to be his agent

csg
5 years 6 months ago

in agreement also. I liked the idea of adding Damon, but only at a $2-3mil 1yr deal. No way Id pay more than that. After the fact, Id much rather spend the extra cash on some position prospects like this one. We need to get some kids like this before the next draft. Its pretty much loaded with pitchers

BravesBallboi
5 years 6 months ago

This reminds me of other Latin based infielders the Braves have signed: Rafael Furcal, Elvis Andrus, and last but not least Yunel Escobar.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

Escobar was drafted. He was a second round pick after getting becoming an US national. But you do have a great point about Andrus and Furcal.

empathizerightonyourbehind
5 years 6 months ago

does anybody think it’s kind of funny that ben sheets, a guy who didn’t even play last year, is totally gonna get paid more than douchie damon? niiiice.

csg
5 years 6 months ago

this is basically like getting Minor and Salcedo for about the same price as most other teams high first round picks. Good job Wren, get some more position players and load up with pitchers again in next years draft

zaphrodesiac
5 years 6 months ago

I think they signed Minor to the record for the slot? Or their record for first round, or something. Either way I never got why media influenced opinion thought he was “the signable” pick if he got that kinda payday

NYBravosFan10
5 years 6 months ago

which is ok because Minor is a freakin’ monster and i honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled a Medlen and ended up in the bullpen at least for a few weeks at some point this year. Remember how he did in Rome? .64 era?

atldynasty25
5 years 6 months ago

Minor is not going to be good. Yes, he did well in A, but he’s expected to. He’s a polished college pitcher. Look at his numbers for the AFL: 4.86 ERA, 8 BB, 1.74 WHIP. YUCK! What we have in Mike Minor is another Jo Jo Reyes on our hands. The Braves deserve it though, they signed him because he was cheaper than the other pitchers on the board. Whenever you don’t draft the best player on the board because of money, you deserve to get burned.

I am happy that the FO is going after this other kid though. It seems like he may be an actual talent. Hopefully they can sign him and redeem themselves for the Minor debacle.

5 years 6 months ago

Minor’s change is better than any pitch Jo Jo has and his mental ability far exceeds Reyes’ on the mound. He pitched poorly in the AFL but it’s routinely seen as a serious hitter’s haven of a league, let’s wait and see what he does in AA this year before calling him a complete waste of a pick

alxn
5 years 6 months ago

Wrong. Minor was the 2nd best pitcher in the draft behind Strasburg. He just doesn’t have as much upside as other pitchers. Most scouts would predict that Minor is the most likely of any pitcher in the draft to get 100 wins. Minor is almost a given to at least be a #4 starter. Of the high upside picks, probably only half of them will pan out.

drumzalicious
5 years 6 months ago

eh i dunno about the 2nd best behind strasburg. Crow was in it and Matzek

csg
5 years 6 months ago

maybe so, but his winter league stats were brutal (small sample of course) but 4.86era, 1.74ERA, .343BAA, and a 2:1 K to BB ratio isnt very enticing. Its a hitters league, but he didnt miss many bats

drumzalicious
5 years 6 months ago

the problem is since hanson no one will think your a great pitcher unless you do what he did in the AFL

5 years 6 months ago

which makes sense considering the braves haven’t picked in the top 10 for a long time before selecting minor. He signed for last year’s slot at the 7th pick whereas the other guys they were considering at 7 (wheeler, matzek) were either taken or signed for nearly 1.5M more than minor

switchhitingjesus
5 years 6 months ago

Can someone tell me about this kid? He sounds like he is pretty good.

csg
5 years 6 months ago

scouting report….

Edward
Salcedo is a FA SS with a 6’3”, 190 lb. frame from La Vega, Dominican
Republic. Big League body, strong and athletic. Smooth, easy defensive
actions, easy plus arm, can really play SS. Aggressive swing, power
projection, deep load from wide base, good bat speed, geared to drive
fastballs, timing will be an issue. All the tools to be a top player.
Potential 1st round type if in draft….

however, I think he’s more likely to become a 3B

BravesBallboi
5 years 6 months ago

If the Braves sign up Alcedo, whom many have compared to A-Rod with his power and speed (6.81 in a 60 yard dash) then I’ll officially call Frank Wren a genius and glad hes a part of the Braves organization.