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According to Bravescenter, the Braves have signed 2 Cuban defectors to play in the upper levels of the minor leagues. 26 year old outfielder Barbaro Canizares and 25 year old left-handed pitcher Francisley Bueno. Canizares played this winter in the Nicaraguan Winter League and hit .352 with 10 home runs and 29 runs batted in 54 games and 193 at bats. He also had a .445 on base percentage. He played on the same team with Bravesí prospects Ardley Jansen, Devin Anderson, and Ben Grezlovski. Canizares defected in February of 2004 from Cuba. He spent some time in Mexico, but finally went to Costa Rica in order to become a free agent. Canizares played on the Cuban National Team a few years ago with Yunel Escobar, who was Atlantaís second round pick in last Juneís draft. ... Bueno will turn 25 years old on March 5th. He was the Player of the Year in Cuba in 2002 and on Cubaís Gold-winning Olympic team in 2004. He has been playing this winter in the Dominican Winter League with the Escogido Lions, with Wilson Betemit being one of his teammates. Bueno is being compared by Bravesí scouts to Odalis Perez. He has a fastball in the 88-92 mph range, along with a sharp curve, a change up, and a split. But his curve ball is his main breaking ball. Bueno is 5í11î, 200 pounds. Heíll compete for a job as a starter with the Double-A team this spring at Disney. The Braves believe Bueno is their best addition this winter from the international market. Roster fillers. They might help out the Double A team a lot.

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