Braves sign multiple exciting prospects on day one of the international signing period

Braves roster moves

The Braves have bolstered their pretty bad farm system with a few international guys:

Francys Romero has some insight into some of these players:

The Braves are in their second signing period since getting out of timeout with international signing penalties imposed under former (and recently reinstated) GM Jon Coppolella. Here’s what Baseball America had to say about Atlanta’s newest top signing, Luis Guanipa, who clocks in as their tenth ranked international prospect:

 

Luis Guanipa (#10)

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.

None of the remaining prospects rank in the top 40 for Baseball America or MLB Pipeline, but these teenagers are largely considered lottery tickets anyways. We won’t see them for a few years. Regardless, the Braves need help on their farm, so these guys are all welcome additions.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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