It was only a side note in the press release about the third stage of the Atlanta Braves Academy in Tenerife. The Spanish Baseball and Softball Federation announced on its website at the beginning of December that the Major League club has signed the corner infielder Alejandro Sanchez Martinez.
The 17-year-old is the first Spanish-born player to sign with the Braves. Both sides already agreed on the contract in July during the second phase of the Academy in Tenerife. Sanchez traveled to the Dominican Republic in November to practice at the team facilities. He is expected to make his professional debut next summer in one of the Rookie leagues.
Sanchez, who is a slick fielder and a potential hitter according to a scout, is from the club CBS Antorcha in Valencia. He also was a member of the Spanish national team during the European Championship Juniors in Bonn, Germany, going six-for-twelve with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI in five games (four starts). He also made a relief appearance in which he gave up five unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
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