Edward Salcedo – 3B
Date of Birth: July 30, 1991
Height/Weight: 6’3″/210 lbs
Acquired: International free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2010; $1.6 million signing bonus
Analysis: Chris says: “Salcedo has a good deal of raw power which scouts like to see but he tends to struggle at times with good plate discipline and is a touch too aggressive at times at the plate. Salcedo was not very good while playing shortstop but has improved considerably since moving to 3B, though he is still error prone. He has a great arm though and some seasoning and improvements could see a nice future infielder with a heavy bat.”
2014 Prognosis: Salcedo had a solid year but is looking to continue his climb up the ladder although I’m not so sure if he’ll get a promotion to start 2014. He could either start back in Mississippi or in Gwinnett.
Cody Martin – RHP
Date of Birth: September 4, 1989
Height/Weight: 6’2″/225 lbs
Acquired: 7th round of the 2011 draft
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Analysis: Chris says: “Martin started out doing relief work, but has moved into a starting role. He needs to work on his pitching repetoire but essentially has four decent pitches already: a fastball, curve, change and cutter. Most scouts see him as a 2 or 3 guy and he reminds many of Kris Medlen.”
2014 Prognosis: Martin projects to be very versatile for the Braves and could either come out of the bullpen or be a back-end starter. He might not start the season with the big club but he could certainly finish it there.
Mauricio Cabrera – RHP
Date of Birth: September 22, 1993
Height/Weight: 6’2″/180 lbs
Acquired: International free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2011; $1.6 million signing bonus
Analysis: Chris says: “Cabrera works as a reliever but he could possibly end up a starter at some point in the future. With a fastball that is up around 97 mph (and could get faster), he still needs to develop some of his other pitches and have a better grasp of pitch to pitch command. If he can develop a touch more and learn some control, he could be a pitcher to watch a few years down the road.”
2014 Prognosis: With a big heater in a relief role, Cabrera could move quickly through the system but he’ll likely start in High-A Lynchburg.
David Hale – RHP
Date of Birth: September 27, 1987
Height/Weight: 6’2″/205 lbs
Acquired: 3rd round of the 2009 draft
Analysis: Chris says: “Hale has already pitched with the big club and has done remarkably well in a few spot starts. We don’t rank him as a prospect any higher because we haven’t seen him enough to really determine what his forte will be. Hale can work in relief and can work as a starter. He is mature, though, and has good control. It’s entirely possible we could see Hale again with the big club at some point in 2014.”
2014 Prognosis: Another big arm, Hale has already made his major league debut and will be in competition for a rotation spot in 2014.
Tommy La Stella – 2B
Date of Birth: January 31, 1985
Height/Weight: 5’11″/185 lbs
Acquired: 8th round of the 2011 draft
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Analysis: Chris says, “We like Tommy and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him at some point in 2014 as a regular 2nd baseman for Atlanta. This kid is usually described as hard-nosed and gritty and he can hit the ball really well! He is just average defensively but continues to improve.”
2014 Prognosis: I wouldn’t be surprised if La Stella started in Triple-A Gwinnett especially after his outstanding showing in Mississippi last year. The club likes him as the second baseman once Uggla’s contract is up but can the Braves keep him in the minors that long?