There's no question the Atlanta Braves are among the best at what they do, which is sign and develop talent in order to compete for championships at the major league level. In fact, in more than two decades of covering the team and more than 40 years of following them, I have seen the Braves commit very few mistakes in terms of making the right decision for players making the proverbial climb along the organizational ladder.
Unfortunately, the Braves pushed too hard this season with shortstop Edward Salcedo. Signed during the early days of spring training for $1.6 million, the largest bonus ever given to an international player by the Atlanta organization, Salcedo went through camp in Florida before spending a month, from late May until late June, in the Dominican Summer League. Comfortable in the surroundings of his homeland, the La Vega native batted .297 and demonstrated his excellent bat speed by posting a .432 slugging percentage and an OPS of .885 in 23 contests. His plate discipline was also impressive, as evidenced by his 18 walks. There were a few concerns, naturally, including his seven errors and 19 strikeouts in 74 at-bats, yet neither number could be deemed excessive.
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