Braves are expected to sign a top ten international prospect in the 2023 class

Braves trade deadline

The Braves are finally fully out of timeout after Major League Baseball imposed sanctions on them for international signing penalties, and Alex Anthopoulos has already gotten to work:

According to Baseball America, the Braves are expected to sign the tenth ranked international prospect for the 2023 class — outfielder Luis Guanipa. Here’s what they had to say about him:

Born: Dec. 5, 2005. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 170. B-T: R-R.

There are few players in this class who can match Guanipa’s combination of power and speed. He has a strong, compact frame with explosive athleticism, which is evident in the way he moves in center field with plus-plus speed, albeit with a below-average arm. That explosiveness also shows up at the plate, as Guanipa generates impressive bat speed combined with significant strength gains over the last two years that has led to plus raw power. Guanipa often trains at the professional stadium in Margarita, and he shows the ability to hit balls out of the park to all fields. While his swing once had a bigger hitch to it, he has toned that down, showing more fluidity and better balance in the box.

This kid obviously has big tools coming out of Venezuela, with his scouting report showing shades of Ronald Acuña Jr. I won’t put those lofty expectations on him, but he should be able to stand out in one of the thinnest farm systems in all of baseball.


Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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