Braves Sign Venezuelan Third Baseman Juan Yepez

The Braves have signed 16-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Juan Yepez. Scouts highest on Yepez have said praised his righthanded bat, with quick hands, a loose swing and good balance with solid power. Yepez, who is 6 feet, 195 pounds, has earned praise from scouts for the work he’s done to improve his conditioning and he has a good arm, although scouts are split on whether he will stay at third base or migrate over to first base. Yepez trained with Ricardo Petit, who is the brother of Braves Latin American assistant director Rolando Petit and has had shortstop Jose Peraza and Victor Reyes sign with the Braves out of his program in previous years.

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