Braves announce signings of 14 international players

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The Braves signed 14 international players, the team announced on Sunday.

The class includes 17-year-old Diego Benitez, an infielder who was ranked as the 10th-best international prospect by MLB.com. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound native of Venezuela received a $2.5 million signing bonus.

The Braves also signed OF Douglas Glod, a 16-year-old from Venezuela, to a $1.3 million deal. Glod was Baseball America’s No. 31 prospect in this international signing period. The organization also agreed with 17-year-old catcher Alexander Martinez from Venezuela, to a $400,000 deal.

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The Braves have signed infielder Diego Benitez, No. 10 on MLB.com’s Top 50 International Prospects list, to a $2.5 million deal.The 17-year-old shortstop is from Barquisimeto, Venezuela.He will first compete in the Braves Minor League ranks.Benitez, who is 6-foot-1 and around 180 pounds, was ranked as the 10th best international prospect by MLB.com.Benitez has been compared to a young Manny Machado.MLB.com say he's a good hitter but needs to work on plate discipline and pitch recognition while in the minors.He was among 14 international players the Braves signed over the weekend

The complete list of signings:

Genderson Almonte, RHP, Dominican Republic, $10,000

Diego Benitez, INF, Venezuela, $2.5 million

Leiker Figueroa, INF. Venezuela, $100,000

Didier Fuentes, RHP, Columbia, $75,000

Elian Garcia, OF, Dominican Republic, $45,000

Douglas Glod, OF, Venezuela, $1.3 million

Robert Gonzalez, OF, Dominican Republic, $50,000

Maximo Maria, OF, Dominican Republic, $100,000

Alexander Martinez, C, Venezuela, $400,000

Jhonny Martinez, RHP, Venezuela, $35,000

Josnaider Orellana, C, Venezuela, $175,000

Yorvi Pirela, RHP, Venezuela, $40,000

Cristian Suarez, INF, Dominican Republic, $10,000

Jhonly Taveras, RHP, Dominican Republic, $65,000