Juan David Yepez Alvarez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
Infielder Juan Yepez was signed by Atlanta Braves scout Rolando Petit as a 17-year-old before the 2015 season and split his first year as a pro between the Danville Braves and GCL Braves, both being Rookie-class teams. He 59 games, he hit .299/.364/.458 with 4 homers and 31 RBIs. In 2016, he was limited to 23 games with the Rome Braves of the South Atlantic League, and 3 more on a rehabilitation assignment in the Gulf Coast League. When in Rome, he hit .261 with 1 homer and 7 RBIs playing against much older competition. He was back with Rome at the start of the 2017 season and had already logged 36 games, during which he hit .275 with 1 homer and 15 RBIs, when on May 20th he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in return for major league 1B Matt Adams. The Braves had just suffered a devastating injury to their best hitter, 1B Freddie Freeman, and were willing to part with a solid prospect like Yepez in order to fill their immediate need for a replacement. After the trade, he was assigned to the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League.
Yepez has played both first and third base as a professional, with first base being his main position his first two years, after which he was moved to third base in 2017.