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Braves Minor League Player Review: Douglas Glod

Douglas Glod entered the system as a high-bonus international free agent less than two years ago.

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Two years ago the big signing in the Atlanta Braves’ international free agent class was Diego Benitez, but they signed another big international free agent in that class as well: Douglas Glod.

How Acquired

Glod was signed out of Venezuela as an international free agent in January 2022 to a $1.3 million bonus.

Preseason Report Card

Glod, who turned 18 in the second half of January, was coming off a decent pro debut season in the DSL in 2022. Glod had posted a .707 OPS that year and ranked #24 in our preseason Top 25 prospect rankings, but it’s important to keep in mind that he started 2022 slowly before starting to pick it up at the plate a bit as he gained some experience. Glod, who is listed as 5’9”, and 185-pounds, is considered to be a bit more physically mature than most young international players, but also seemed more polished than some similar signees.

What we saw in 2023

Glod didn’t get going until the second half of the year, as he started where most everyone projected for him: the FCL. Glod went on to hit .224/.387/.398 (113 wRC+) with five homers and 38 walks to 64 strikeouts in 207 plate appearances while making his stateside debut. Defensively he played all three outfield positions, with 17 starts in right field leading the way over 16 starts in center and another eight starts in left.

Glod had an overall solid, but not spectacular season. Despite the .224 average he put up a high .387 on base percentage and had five homers among his 16 extra base hits. His 18.4 percent walk rate showed some of the polish in his game, though he did also strike out in 30.9 percent of his plate appearances, suggesting a fairly patient approach overall. It is worth noting that he is polished and the level of command from pitchers in the FCL environment is rough, so it is hard to really take too much from his high on-base percentage until he does it in full season ball. He also stole six bases in nine attempts.

2024 Outlook

Glod will turn 19 just before Spring Training gets underway and the expectation for him is to start out in Low-A Augusta as the minor league season opens. Through two years in the minors so far Glod hasn’t really moved the needle on his prospect stock either way, but as he gets to full-season ball and the better pitching endemic to that environment, we can start to see how his bat might translate to the big leagues.

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