Major League Baseball’s International Signing Period will officially open Sunday morning and will continue through December 15. The biggest names will come off the board likely over the next couple of days.
The International period is critically important to the Atlanta Braves, who will be operating with a full bonus pool for the second straight season. Atlanta’s minor league system has been depleted in recent years and the penalties that were levied on them in 2017 has no doubt played a part in that. The Braves signed a full class of players in 2022 that was headlined by infielder Diego Benitez and outfielder Douglas Glod.
The Braves will have a bonus pool of just over $5.2 million and are expected to sign 17-year old outfielder Luis Guanipa out of Venezuela who is the 10th best player available per Baseball America. Guanipa is expected to command a bonus of around $3 million.
We will be tracking all of the Braves’ signings as they become available throughout the next couple of days so be sure to check back.
Luis Guanipa - OF - Venezuela - (Per Baseball America’s Signing Tracker), Confirmed by Jesse Sanchez ($2.5 million signing bonus per Antonio Puesán)
BIG SIGNING for Atlanta Braves. Prospect OF Luis Guanipa from Venezuela agrees for 2.5M. Guanipa is Ranked No. 34 in Top 100 International Prospect Rankings by MLB. pic.twitter.com/3CFFah4DhN— Antonio Puesán (@antoniopuesan) January 15, 2023
John Estevez - OF - Dominican Republic - ($310,000 bonus per Francys Romero)
Atlanta Braves sign John Estevez, outfielder from the DRhttps://t.co/aEjDyrXRv9 pic.twitter.com/QnEnN2kKaf— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) January 15, 2023
Carlos Monteverde - OF - Venezuela ($700,000)
Atlanta Braves signed OF Carlos Monteverde from Venezuela for 700k— Antonio Puesán (@antoniopuesan) January 15, 2023
- Academia de Béisbol Grand Slam#FirmasEnero15 #Jan15SigningDay
Carlos Cordero - SS - Melquis Torres Academy - ($200,000 Per Antonio Puesán)
Dominican shortstop Carlos Cordero signing with the Atlanta Braveshttps://t.co/aEjDyrYpkH pic.twitter.com/agETqe39x3— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) January 15, 2023
John Gil - SS - Dominican Republic ($110,000)
Atlanta Braves sign SS prospect John Gil from Dominican Republic (MVP Academy) for 110K pic.twitter.com/1ietdivZo2— Antonio Puesán (@antoniopuesan) January 15, 2023
Whilmer Guerra - RHP - Dominican Republic
Atlanta Braves signing Dominican RHP Whilmer Guerrahttps://t.co/aEjDyrXRv9 pic.twitter.com/tBKMOD1DkD— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) January 15, 2023
Johan Ramos - RHP - Dominican Republic (Per Baseball America)
Mario Baez - SS - Dominican Republic ($240,000)
Dominican SS Mario Baez officially signs with the Atlanta Braves. Bonus deal: $ 240,000.— Francys Romero (@francysromeroFR) January 15, 2023
Plus speed (6.30 - 60 yds) & solid offensive upside. pic.twitter.com/W0k2Fx84z3
Hojans Hernandez - C - Cuba ($40,000)
Cuban catcher Hojans Hernández (16) officially signs with the Atlanta Braves. Bonus deal: $ 40,000.— Francys Romero (@francysromeroFR) January 15, 2023
5’11, 175 lbs. Good arm and instincts as a catcher. pic.twitter.com/bZhAv9lS7o
The Braves announced the signings of 21 international free agents on Day 1 of the international signing period.
The Braves signed 21 international free agents on the first day of the signing period pic.twitter.com/oz2kHv0OrW— Kris Willis (@Kris_Willis) January 16, 2023
Day 2 signing - Jeremy Rivas - RHP - Venezuela
Atlanta Braves signing RHP Jeremy Rivas from Venezuela https://t.co/aEjDyrYpkH pic.twitter.com/xxkDcRvPDg— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) January 16, 2023