The prospects the Atlanta Braves were forced to release in the wake of their international signing scandal are starting to find new teams. Two of the best joined new teams today.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Angels have signed former shortstop Kevin Maitan. Maitan was the biggest name of the Braves former prospects, having received a $4.25 million bonus as the top prospect in the 2016 international class. He batted just .241/.290/.340 with two homers and 18 RBI over 42 games in rookie ball this season, which was seen as a bit of a disappointment, but the Angels will happily take a chance on his future.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the deal is worth $2.2 million, though the Angels can allocate that money from next year’s bonus pool, per MLB’s ruling on the Braves a few weeks back. That will leave them money in this year’s pool to continue their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.
Sanchez also reports that the Royals have signed former Braves pitcher Yefri Del Rosario for a $650,000 bonus. Rosario, 18, pitched in the Dominican Summer League last year and posted a 1.80 ERA in two starts and for the Braves Gulf Coast League team, sporting a 3.90 ERA in 11 games. Del Rosario reportedly chose the Royals over teams offering more money because he idolized the late Yordano Ventura and wished to play for his team. Which, pardon me for a second, it’s gettin’ a bit dusty in here.
In all, the Braves lost 12 players they had under contract, and lost the rights to another with whom they had a tentative agreement. Expect all of them to soon sign with other clubs.