Teen prospect Salcedo signs with Twins

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves have signed 18-year-old shortstop Edward Salcedo of the Dominican Republic to a minor-league contract.

The Braves say they regard the 6-foot-3 Salcedo as a first-round talent who is projected as a strong offensive and defensive player. That's important, because the Braves lost their first-round pick in the June draft by signing free-agent closer Billy Wagner from Boston.

Braves director of international scouting Johnny Almaraz says Salcedo is "a significant signing" and "one of the top international players we've seen in a while."

Salcedo is expected to report to one of the Braves' Class A teams, Rome or Myrtle Beach.