The 2024 International Signing Period will open on January 15 and the Atlanta Braves are expected to hand out one of the largest signing bonuses in the class to Venezuelan infielder Jose Perdomo. The Braves have been linked to Perdomo for some time and he tops Baseball America’s list of 50 international prospects which are ranked in order of their expected signing bonuses.
Baseball America’s Ben Badler predicts that the Braves will give Perdomo a bonus in the neighborhood of the $5.6 million that the Padres gave catcher Ethan Salas last winter. Here is what else he had to say about Perdomo.
Perdomo’s bat has been his calling card, with a skill set that draws comparisons to Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres. He’s an aggressive hitter who has performed well in games with a simple, direct swing and good hand-eye coordination, enabling him to barrel both fastballs and breaking stuff. Perdomo doesn’t have the physical upside of some of the other prominent players in the class, but as he’s gotten stronger, he has gotten more explosive, giving him more power to go with his hitting ability. While a lot of scouts who saw Perdomo early thought he was ticketed for third base or possibly second base, the improvements he has made defensively give him a greater chance to continue at shortstop. He’s a plus runner with good actions and a strong arm.
Outfielder Luis Guanipa headlined the Braves’ international class last offseason. Guanipa reportedly received a $2.5 million signing bonus.