International Reviews: Atlanta Braves

See Also: 2015 Braves International Review

See Also: 2014 Braves International Review

See Also: 2013 Braves International Review

Top signing: SS Kevin Maitan, Venezuela, $4.25 million.

Total signings: 33.


Between signing bonuses and their upcoming overage tax payment, the Braves have invested nearly $27 million to sign international prospects during the 206-17 signing period. The crown jewel of the international signing class was shortstop Kevin Maitan, who on July 2 signed with the Braves for $4.25 million, setting a Venezuelan bonus record. Maitan, 17, was the top prospect in the 2016 class and already ranks as the No. 77 prospect in baseball, making him the first July 2 prospect to rank in the BA Top 100 since Miguel Sano. Maitan was the best 16-year-old prospect since Sano signed with the Twins in 2009 and some scouts felt he was the best Venezuelan amateur position prospect since Miguel Cabrera signed with the Marlins in 1999. Maitan has an outstanding combination of size, athleticism, tools, game skills and hitting ability with a chance to stay at a premium position.

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