The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms with the following five players from Latin America, pending the passage of physical examinations as well as the standard Major League Baseball age/ID investigation:
C Johel Atencio (Santiago, Panama) – Age: 17 Height: 5-10 Weight: 180
SS Henry Correa (San Cristobal, Dominican Republic) – Age: 16 Height: 6-0 Weight: 165
RHP Nelson Hernandez (Aragua, Venezuela) – Age: 16 Height: 6-2 Weight: 170
SS Franly Mallen (San Cristobal, Dominican Republic) – Age: 16 Height: 6-1 Weight: 160
OF Nicolas Pierre (San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) – Age: 17 Height: 6-3 Weight: 170
All five players will report to the Brewers’ academy in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Eduardo Brizuela has been promoted to Director of Latin America Operations/Scouting and Manny Batista has been promoted to Director of Latin America Scouting.
Brizuela, 26, spent the past three seasons as Coordinator of Administration, Latin America Operations. He joined the Brewers in 2009 as an advance scouting intern. Batista, 51, joined the Brewers in 2010 as a scout in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. He was named Director of Scouting for Venezuela following the 2011 season.
“The promotions of Eduardo and Manny from our system and the restructuring of our Scouting and Operations in Latin America will serve notice that we are stepping up our involvement in Latin America,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin. “I have total confidence that with our presence at the Dominican Republic Academy in San Pedro de Macoris, the leadership of Eduardo and the multiple years of scouting experience that Manny brings, we will make strides in improving the signing of players for our system.”
Brizuela earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Webber International University. He served as a major contributor in helping the Brewers establish a presence with the organization’s Dominican Republic Academy, which opened in November 2011. In his new role, Brizuela will take on added responsibilities with scouting assignments and work with Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Player Development Reid Nichols in assisting with the development and transition of the organization’s Latin players to the United States.
Prior to joining the Brewers, Batista worked in the Texas Rangers organization, most recently as Latin American Coordinator from 1998-2009. He served as an area scout in Puerto Rico with the Rangers and was actively involved and responsible in the signings of Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Gonzalez, Martin Perez, Ivan Rodriguez and Edinson Volquez. In his new role, he will be responsible for the re-staffing of the organization’s scouting personnel in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Batista, who began scouting in 1982, graduated from Apollo High School in Puerto Rico and attended American International College in Puerto Rico. He resides in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.