At 17 years of age Freddy Valdez measures 6’3 and is listed at 212 pounds. The outfield prospect, who ranked 25th among international free agents in 2018, was signed for $1.45 million alongside Francisco Alvarez ($2.7). The righty is not fleet of foot and scouts wondered if a shift to first base might be down the road but these same scouts loved his power. Yet, all of that scouting doesn’t matter until a player actually reaches the minors.
The Mets assigned Valdez to the Dominican Summer League which actually starts a few weeks before the stateside short-season leagues. There, Valdez has played primarily in right field and hit in the middle of a fairly heavy hitting Mets order. So far on this young season he’s done well:
The power game is apparent as the extra base hits came for Valdez right away but the question will be if he can sustain power through a whole season. We should note that after the first four games we haven’t seen another extra base hit at all. What kind of power we are talking about Valdez having? Before we start calling him the second coming of Michael Conforto or Pete Alonso let’s see him hit 10 home runs in a short-season league, but the scouts are predicting big things.
His batting average may dip below .300 but thanks to an advanced eye at the plate he’s still getting on base with good regularity. If he can keep his walks about even with his strikeouts as he comes up through the system that will do a lot to help his ability to get on base consistently. It’s a nice thing to see 4 multi hit games in his first 10 outings.
He does lack speed but we should not think of him as Lucas Duda just yet. He does have a stolen base, though that could be the exception that proves the rule.
He has an error on the year but almost everyone playing in the DSL has at least one error to their credit. The key stat for someone playing right field is if he’s thrown anyone out, which Valdez has.
In conclusion it seems that Valdez may be a key Met to watch as the DSL season wears on. I would wager that we see him playing in the Appalachian League to start his 2020 campaign and featuring fairly highly in many of the Mets Top 20 prospect lists.
Stephen Nogosek looks on target – Through 8 outings and 12.2 innings of his mid-season promotion, Nogosek looks MLB bound.
Fast rising, Ryley Gilliam, tries to get a grip on AAA – The first outing went better than the second but any player who started the year in Advanced A deserves notice in AAA.
Anthony Kay’s first outing ends poorly – His 4 inning outing only saw 6 hits and 1 walk, boasting 6 strikeouts, but it also notched 5 earned runs against Kay.
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Andres Gimenez is back in the lineup – Now he just needs to perform up to expectations that he’s been letting down thus far.
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Ronny Mauricio starts to kick things up a notch – Over the past two week Mauricio is on a bit of a tear with a few extra base hits and a .357 batting average.
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Endy Rodriguez powered by one big game – Switch hitting catcher has a 2 home run game on June 10th that has padded his stats.
Federico Polanco looks like a leadoff candidate – He’s got some speed and has solid control of the plate for an 18 year old.
Joshua Cornielly has one heck of a game 2 – He improved on his first outing with 5.0 innings of 4 hit, no walk, ball. He also struck out 7 in the game.