#11: Jordany Valdespin Scouting Report

Mets fans continue to wait for someone who assert himself as the second baseman of the future. Right now, the minor league system has a strong collection of suitors. One of those is Jordany Valdespin. The 2007 international free agent signing ascended to Double-A last season and showed he may be the guy to take over the job. Check out his scouting report to learn why.

Vital Statistics
Name: Jordany Valdespin
DOB: December 23, 1987
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 170
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Status: Free Agent Signing (6/6/2007)

With the much-maligned Luis Castillo entering the final season of his contract, the organization and fans alike are turning an eye to the future at second base. The front office continues to experiment with Daniel Murphy and there is the continued wait for former first round pick Reese Havens. In between, lies the opportunity for Jordany Valdespin to carve a spot for himself.

Valdespin enters his fourth season stateside after being signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007 and spending the summer playing ball in his native country. Since then, the second baseman has been on a steady rise through the organization leading to a breakout year in 2010.

Now, a .232 average and only eight RBI in 28 games with Double-A Binghamton is hardly the stuff of a breakout. However, that came on the heels of a 65-game run in St. Lucie during which Valdespin hit .289 with six home runs, 33 RBI, 16 doubles and a solid .760 OPS. The numbers do not leap off the page, but considering they followed just 67 games the year before, it was a sign of strong progress.

The second baseman has shortcomings with the bat – evident by his 10 walks in 382 at-bats – but he shows the projectable tools that have garnered the attention of numerous scouts. Those tools combined with exciting defensive prowess propelled Valdespin up the organizational depth chart and not just at his position.

Valdespin was signed by the previous Mets administration and received a lot of his backing from it, but under a new regime he has the chance to emerge entirely by his own merits. The organization is very much anticipating that one of its higher level prospects will assert himself as the second baseman of the future. To this point, Valdespin has made important strides. The 2011 season could be one when he grabs the baton and runs with it.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2010

Binghamton

.232

112

26

0

8

8

4

2

23

.243

.304

2010

St. Lucie

.289

270

78

6

33

40

13

8

45

.323

.437

2009

Brooklyn

.279

68

19

1

5

10

4

5

16

.338

.397

2009

Gulf Coast League

.174

23

4

0

0

0

1

1

3

.208

.174

2009

DSL

.333

15

5

0

5

0

1

3

1

.421

.600

2009

Savannah

.322

152

49

3

18

30

7

11

32

.366

.480

2008

Gulf Coast League

.284

134

38

3

22

23

9

7

10

.319

.440



Batting and Power: Valdespin does not boast textbook mechanics, and in fact he can be sloppy and wild with his swing at times, but he still manages to get the bat to the contact point. His swing gets long and he can be caught lunging at the ball, yet he compensates for that with fast hands and very good wrist snap. He needs to shorten up bit more and cut down on a pronounced waggle. Despite those flaws he remains a good contact hitter who can spray the ball to all fields with deceiving pop to the pull side. He is quick to the inner half and does a good job of moving his hands depending on pitch location.

However, he still demonstrates little plate discipline, evident by low walk totals throughout his career. He must improve his strike zone discipline. Without it, he will find it hard to maintain any consistency at the highest level despite possessing a bat that can play there if properly disciplined. That ties in with his current lacking ability to accurately pick up breaking balls which he has a habit of chasing.

Base Running and Speed: Valdespin is much more athletic than he is a burner. He boasts above-average speed which allows him to first base at an above average 4.0-4.1 seconds. He can be a little too aggressive for his own good, looking for the big play and thus runs himself into trouble at times. Conversely, he does not run out infield plays he considers routine which has lost him a few marks in scouting circles. He has a very good first step which makes him an above average base stealer, one that should be able to steal 25 bases per year once his skills are honed.

Defense: Valdespin came up as a shortstop but has since made the move to second base. The transition hasn't been an issue and his range is better suited for second base. When observing him, the raw ability is there to be a plus second baseman but he still plays undisciplined at times, trying to make the big play when it isn't warranted. That said, He has very good foot work, a plus arm and excellent hip rotation that allows him to make plays on the run and turn the double-play very quickly. He stopped playing the ball deep into his body and showed softer hands, both of which cleaned up his routine play making.

Projection: Here is where its brass tacks time for Valdespin. Yes, he needs to improve his plate discipline, up his walk totals and temper his defensive aggressiveness. But it is between the ears where Valdespin could make or break his big league potential. He has the tools to play a role at the highest level with a very good shot of holding down the second base job at least for a few years. But, he must curb an overt demeanor – even swagger – that brings his focus into question, especially after a history checkered with suspensions and other disciplinary actions. It is a trait that has turned off scouts and could be a roadblock to future success. If he can do that, Valdespin has a sustainable big league future.

ETA: 2012. Valdespin should return to Binghamton to begin the 2011 season with a very good chance he will split time in Buffalo this season. The Mets added him to the 40-man roster not only to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, but also because there is a chance he could see time this year. However, the conservative estimate leaves Ruben Tejada as the primary infield backup this year with Valdespin ready for a shot at the starting job either on Opening Day 2012 or sometime during the season.


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\r\nName: Jordany Valdespin
\r\nDOB: December 23, 1987
\r\nHeight: 5'10\"
\r\nWeight: 170
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\nStatus: Free Agent Signing (6/6/2007)
\r\n
\r\nWith the much-maligned Luis Castillo entering the final season of his contract, the organization and fans alike are turning an eye to the future at second base. The front office continues to experiment with Daniel Murphy and there is the continued wait for former first round pick Reese Havens. In between, lies the opportunity for Jordany Valdespin to carve a spot for himself.
\r\n
\r\nValdespin enters his fourth season stateside after being signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2007 and spending the summer playing ball in his native country. Since then, the second baseman has been on a steady rise through the organization leading to a breakout year in 2010.
\r\n
\r\nNow, a .232 average and only eight RBI in 28 games with Double-A Binghamton is hardly the stuff of a breakout. However, that came on the heels of a 65-game run in St. Lucie during which Valdespin hit .289 with six home runs, 33 RBI, 16 doubles and a solid .760 OPS. The numbers do not leap off the page, but considering they followed just 67 games the year before, it was a sign of strong progress.
\r\n
\r\nThe second baseman has shortcomings with the bat – evident by his 10 walks in 382 at-bats – but he shows the projectable tools that have garnered the attention of numerous scouts. Those tools combined with exciting defensive prowess propelled Valdespin up the organizational depth chart and not just at his position.
\r\n
\r\nValdespin was signed by the previous Mets administration and received a lot of his backing from it, but under a new regime he has the chance to emerge entirely by his own merits. The organization is very much anticipating that one of its higher level prospects will assert himself as the second baseman of the future. To this point, Valdespin has made important strides. The 2011 season could be one when he grabs the baton and runs with it.
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Year

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\r\n Team

\r\n

\r\n AVG.

\r\n

\r\n AB

\r\n

\r\n Hits

\r\n

\r\n HR

\r\n

\r\n RBI

\r\n

R

\r\n

\r\n SB

\r\n

\r\n BB

\r\n

K

\r\n

\r\n OBP

\r\n

\r\n SLG

\r\n

\r\n 2010

\r\n

\r\n Binghamton

\r\n

\r\n .232

\r\n

\r\n 112

\r\n

\r\n 26

\r\n

\r\n 0

\r\n

\r\n 8

\r\n

\r\n 8

\r\n

\r\n 4

\r\n

\r\n 2

\r\n

\r\n 23

\r\n

\r\n .243

\r\n

\r\n .304

\r\n

\r\n 2010

\r\n

\r\n St. Lucie

\r\n

\r\n .289

\r\n

\r\n 270

\r\n

\r\n 78

\r\n

\r\n 6

\r\n

\r\n 33

\r\n

\r\n 40

\r\n

\r\n 13

\r\n

\r\n 8

\r\n

\r\n 45

\r\n

\r\n .323

\r\n

\r\n .437

\r\n

\r\n 2009

\r\n

\r\n Brooklyn

\r\n

\r\n .279

\r\n

\r\n 68

\r\n

\r\n 19

\r\n

\r\n 1

\r\n

\r\n 5

\r\n

\r\n 10

\r\n

\r\n 4

\r\n

\r\n 5

\r\n

\r\n 16

\r\n

\r\n .338

\r\n

\r\n .397

\r\n

\r\n 2009

\r\n

\r\n Gulf Coast League

\r\n

\r\n .174

\r\n

\r\n 23

\r\n

\r\n 4

\r\n

\r\n 0

\r\n

\r\n 0

\r\n

\r\n 0

\r\n

\r\n 1

\r\n

\r\n 1

\r\n

\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n .208

\r\n

\r\n .174

\r\n

\r\n 2009

\r\n

\r\n DSL

\r\n

\r\n .333

\r\n

\r\n 15

\r\n

\r\n 5

\r\n

\r\n 0

\r\n

\r\n 5

\r\n

\r\n 0

\r\n

\r\n 1

\r\n

\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n 1

\r\n

\r\n .421

\r\n

\r\n .600

\r\n

\r\n 2009

\r\n

\r\n Savannah

\r\n

\r\n .322

\r\n

\r\n 152

\r\n

\r\n 49

\r\n

\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n 18

\r\n

\r\n 30

\r\n

\r\n 7

\r\n

\r\n 11

\r\n

\r\n 32

\r\n

\r\n .366

\r\n

\r\n .480

\r\n

\r\n 2008

\r\n

\r\n Gulf Coast League

\r\n

\r\n .284

\r\n

\r\n 134

\r\n

\r\n 38

\r\n

\r\n 3

\r\n

\r\n 22

\r\n

\r\n 23

\r\n

\r\n 9

\r\n

\r\n 7

\r\n

\r\n 10

\r\n

\r\n .319

\r\n

\r\n .440


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\r\nBatting and Power: Valdespin does not boast textbook mechanics, and in fact he can be sloppy and wild with his swing at times, but he still manages to get the bat to the contact point. His swing gets long and he can be caught lunging at the ball, yet he compensates for that with fast hands and very good wrist snap. He needs to shorten up bit more and cut down on a pronounced waggle. Despite those flaws he remains a good contact hitter who can spray the ball to all fields with deceiving pop to the pull side. He is quick to the inner half and does a good job of moving his hands depending on pitch location.
\r\n
\r\nHowever, he still demonstrates little plate discipline, evident by low walk totals throughout his career. He must improve his strike zone discipline. Without it, he will find it hard to maintain any consistency at the highest level despite possessing a bat that can play there if properly disciplined. That ties in with his current lacking ability to accurately pick up breaking balls which he has a habit of chasing.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed: Valdespin is much more athletic than he is a burner. He boasts above-average speed which allows him to first base at an above average 4.0-4.1 seconds. He can be a little too aggressive for his own good, looking for the big play and thus runs himself into trouble at times. Conversely, he does not run out infield plays he considers routine which has lost him a few marks in scouting circles. He has a very good first step which makes him an above average base stealer, one that should be able to steal 25 bases per year once his skills are honed.
\r\n
\r\nDefense: Valdespin came up as a shortstop but has since made the move to second base. The transition hasn't been an issue and his range is better suited for second base. When observing him, the raw ability is there to be a plus second baseman but he still plays undisciplined at times, trying to make the big play when it isn't warranted. That said, He has very good foot work, a plus arm and excellent hip rotation that allows him to make plays on the run and turn the double-play very quickly. He stopped playing the ball deep into his body and showed softer hands, both of which cleaned up his routine play making.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: Here is where its brass tacks time for Valdespin. Yes, he needs to improve his plate discipline, up his walk totals and temper his defensive aggressiveness. But it is between the ears where Valdespin could make or break his big league potential. He has the tools to play a role at the highest level with a very good shot of holding down the second base job at least for a few years. But, he must curb an overt demeanor – even swagger – that brings his focus into question, especially after a history checkered with suspensions and other disciplinary actions. It is a trait that has turned off scouts and could be a roadblock to future success. If he can do that, Valdespin has a sustainable big league future.
\r\n
\r\nETA: 2012. Valdespin should return to Binghamton to begin the 2011 season with a very good chance he will split time in Buffalo this season. The Mets added him to the 40-man roster not only to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft, but also because there is a chance he could see time this year. However, the conservative estimate leaves Ruben Tejada as the primary infield backup this year with Valdespin ready for a shot at the starting job either on Opening Day 2012 or sometime during the season.
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