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Immediately after the Braves signed then-18-year-old shortstop Edward Salcedo in February of last year, Braves beat reporters and bloggers began calling him the future replacement for either Chipper Jones or Yunel Escobar (or now, Alex Gonzalez), so Salcedo had big shoes to fill upon arriving.
However, after finishing last season with a .225 batting average, three home runs and only 27 RBI, Salcedo showed he was still young and had a long way to go before being major-league-ready. That being said, 2011 has a different feel to it, at least so far.
Currently, Salcedo is batting .278 with seven home runs and 30 RBI. Like Bethancourt, he too has shown a great amount of speed, as he has stolen 12 bases, hit three triples and also recorded 10 doubles on the young season. A big downside to Salcedo's season has been his inconsistencies with the glove, as he has committed 22 errors in 59 starts in the field.
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