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Luis Valdes

Born: 01/18/1989 (Age: 28)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 190
Primary Position: SS
At 28 years old, effectively no projection, he is what he is. Large body, moderate fill, slight extra baggage in the stomach area.
Evaluator Javier Barragan
Report Date 05/09/2017
Dates Seen 5/5,5/7
Affiliate Lakeland Flying Tigers (High A, Tigers)
MLB ETA Risk Factor OFP Video
2017 Low 45 Yes
Tool Future Grade Report
Hit 40 Line drive hitter with occasional ability to lift for power, middle of the field and pull; loose hands, bat wrap, load combination of recoil and quasi-knee tuck/quasi-toe tap, average bat speed; aggressive approach, expands the zone; first live game action in three seasons.

barrel awareness 40/40
pitch recognition 40/40
box presence 50/50
Power 30 Aggressive approach and slight lift does not allow for elevated batted balls, lacks the ability to impact the ball for high exit velo; demonstrated pull power with consistency during BP for average raw power.

raw power 40/40
game power 40/40
Baserunning/Speed 40 Runs well, not aggressive on basepaths, not a steal threat, better underway.

speed 40/40
Glove 60 Covers ground spatially with confidence and focus, body control, good footwork and anticipation around the bag, fields all, glove control, no rust here.

glove 60/60
range 60/60
instincts 55/55
Arm 55 Different arm angles, on the bag, clean and controled arm action.

arm strength 50/50
arm accuracy 60/60

After signing on March 1, 2017, these PAs were to shake off rust as Valdes' last official professional season was 2014 in Serie Nacional. His best tool is his glove, demonstrating the range, glove and arm needed to cover SS. Since his bat and speed are both below average, he slots into an emergency back-up role for a championship team.

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