Braves sign 18-year-old Dominican SS Salcedo

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have signed 18-year-old shortstop Edward Salcedo of the Dominican Republic to a free-agent contract.

The Braves say they regard the 6-foot-3 Salcedo as a first-round
talent who is projected as a strong offensive and defensive player.
That's important, because the Braves lost their first-round pick in
the June draft by signing free-agent closer Billy Wagner from

Braves director of international scouting Johnny Almaraz says
Salcedo is "a significant signing" and "one of the top
international players we've seen in a while."

Salcedo is expected to report to one of the Braves' Class A
teams, Rome or Myrtle Beach.

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