Scouting Mets Prospect #44: Jordany Valdespin

Third-year prospect Jordany Valdespin endured a very trying season. Over the course of the year, he bounced across numerous levels. Another young, raw talent, Valdespin has attractive tools but needs to combine his physical tools with the mental side of the game to bring him to the next level. Look inside to find how the second baseman stacks up.

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Vital Statistics
Name: Jordany Valdespin
DOB: December 23, 1987
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 174
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Status: Free Agent Signing (6/6/2007)

It has not been easy being Jordany Valdespin. The 2009 season brought about as challenging of a season as can be for a young prospect. The second baseman was signed as a free agent in 2007, albeit an older free agent at 19 years old, and made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League in 2008. There, he played every day and compiled a .284 average with three home runs and 22 RBI in 34 games. That set the stage for a significant jump to a full-season club with Savannah in 2009.

With the Sand Gnats, he nearly matched his marks in the Gulf Coast League. In 39 games in the South Atlantic League, Valdespin provided electricity atop the Sand Gnats order. There, he hit .322 with three home runs, 18 RBI with nine doubles and three triples in 152 at-bats. It was a strong start that appeared to validate the effort in quickly moving Valdespin up the ladder.

But his season was never the same after that. Following an off the field confrontation, Valdespin spent the rest of his season affiliate-hopping. After a lengthy suspension, the second baseman was sent down to the Dominican Summer League for four games before return to Florida and a week in the Gulf Coast League. Lack of discipline cost Valdespin what was a very strong start to the season.

"I think the main thing for (Valdespin) is that he just needs to play the game and that was the first thing I told him when I pulled him into my office when he showed up (in Brooklyn)," said 2009 Cyclones manager Pedro Lopez. "He just needs to go out and play baseball."

Valdespin received another opportunity when he arrived in the New York-Penn League. The Cyclones, which were in need of a second baseman after the season of 2009 12th round pick James Ewing never materialized, plugged Valdespin right into the everyday job.

He was serviceable in the 18 games spent in Brooklyn. During that stretch, he hit .279 with one home run and five RBI. However, while Valdespin was an asset at each stop last season, spending time with four different affiliates of such varying developmental stages is a negative that he must battle back from.

He has attractive athleticism and some raw tools at the plate and in the field, but without discipline, both he and the organization cannot draw the most out of his talent. It is a trait that Lopez focused on with his young second baseman during his time with the Cyclones.

"He's got a way in doing things, and that's not to say we'll let him get away with it. We've just got to gain his trust," said Lopez. "Once we do, we'll get him on our side he'll really start to improve. "

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

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, like Alonzo Harris, falls into a pattern of using a long swing to generate power but that is not his game. He gets pull-happy and tries to jerk the ball to right field with a home run mentality. He is fairly quick on the inner half with deceptive power, but he will mature as a hitter when he learns to shorten up and drive the ball on a level plane. Too often last year Valdespin would lunge at the ball, not letting the ball travel, and was caught out in front. It was a mechanism to help him compensate for a longer swing. For now, he remains a one zone hitter who relies on turning on pitches on the inner third.

Base Running and Speed: Valdespin boasts good speed but not threatening speed. He possesses above-average athleticism, but not tops in the organization as deemed by other publications. A good first step helps make up for underdeveloped stolen base skills. He gets by on speed but will further improve when he gets better reads on pitchers. He has a short, wiry frame with long strides but does not have the top end foot speed one would expect when viewing him up close.

Defense: Valdespin uses his athleticism in the field. He has good range due to his speed, but compensates for many of his plays with an above average arm with a snap release. However, he gets caught at times trying to do too much with his arm and ends up forcing plays that do not need to be made. Additionally, unsettled footwork forces him to rush plays. It is a matter of discipline that when corrected will make him a much more reliable infielder. He is quick around the bag which combined with his arm and trigger makes him effective at turning double plays.

Projection: Valdespin is a raw prospect whose game could reach a new level. However, that will be heavily determined by his ability to remain disciplined and dedicated to improving his game. He fell into patterns of not running hard all the time in the field and not finishing plays, patterns that coaches are trying to correct. He enters next season at 22 years old with limited time in long season leagues, and needs to show important growth in regards to makeup as much as in the field. Until then, he is a raw commodity who will likely top out at higher levels.

ETA: 2012. Valdespin opened the 2009 season in Savannah, but a pending logjam in the middle infield at both Savannah in St. Lucie make for a bit of a precarious starting point next season. It is by no means a lock he will get to New York in 2012, but rather if it does not happen by that season it will likely not happen at all. At the very least, he is looking at two-plus seasons on the farm before he could be promoted to New York as a possible role player who provides speed off the bench.


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\r\nVital Statistics
\r\nName: Jordany Valdespin
\r\nDOB: December 23, 1987
\r\nHeight: 6'0\"
\r\nWeight: 174
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Right
\r\nStatus: Free Agent Signing (6/6/2007)
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\r\nIt has not been easy being Jordany Valdespin. The 2009 season brought about as challenging of a season as can be for a young prospect. The second baseman was signed as a free agent in 2007, albeit an older free agent at 19 years old, and made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League in 2008. There, he played every day and compiled a .284 average with three home runs and 22 RBI in 34 games. That set the stage for a significant jump to a full-season club with Savannah in 2009.
\r\n
\r\nWith the Sand Gnats, he nearly matched his marks in the Gulf Coast League. In 39 games in the South Atlantic League, Valdespin provided electricity atop the Sand Gnats order. There, he hit .322 with three home runs, 18 RBI with nine doubles and three triples in 152 at-bats. It was a strong start that appeared to validate the effort in quickly moving Valdespin up the ladder.
\r\n
\r\nBut his season was never the same after that. Following an off the field confrontation, Valdespin spent the rest of his season affiliate-hopping. After a lengthy suspension, the second baseman was sent down to the Dominican Summer League for four games before return to Florida and a week in the Gulf Coast League. Lack of discipline cost Valdespin what was a very strong start to the season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think the main thing for (Valdespin) is that he just needs to play the game and that was the first thing I told him when I pulled him into my office when he showed up (in Brooklyn),\" said 2009 Cyclones manager Pedro Lopez. \"He just needs to go out and play baseball.\"
\r\n
\r\nValdespin received another opportunity when he arrived in the New York-Penn League. The Cyclones, which were in need of a second baseman after the season of 2009 12th round pick James Ewing never materialized, plugged Valdespin right into the everyday job.
\r\n
\r\nHe was serviceable in the 18 games spent in Brooklyn. During that stretch, he hit .279 with one home run and five RBI. However, while Valdespin was an asset at each stop last season, spending time with four different affiliates of such varying developmental stages is a negative that he must battle back from.
\r\n
\r\nHe has attractive athleticism and some raw tools at the plate and in the field, but without discipline, both he and the organization cannot draw the most out of his talent. It is a trait that Lopez focused on with his young second baseman during his time with the Cyclones.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's got a way in doing things, and that's not to say we'll let him get away with it. We've just got to gain his trust,\" said Lopez. \"Once we do, we'll get him on our side he'll really start to improve. \"
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\r\n AB

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\r\n Hits

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\r\n HR

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\r\n RBI

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R

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\r\n SB

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\r\n BB

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K

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\r\n OBP

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\r\n SLG

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\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

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\r\n .338

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\r\n .397

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\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, like Alonzo Harris, falls into a pattern of using a long swing to generate power but that is not his game. He gets pull-happy and tries to jerk the ball to right field with a home run mentality. He is fairly quick on the inner half with deceptive power, but he will mature as a hitter when he learns to shorten up and drive the ball on a level plane. Too often last year Valdespin would lunge at the ball, not letting the ball travel, and was caught out in front. It was a mechanism to help him compensate for a longer swing. For now, he remains a one zone hitter who relies on turning on pitches on the inner third.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed: Valdespin boasts good speed but not threatening speed. He possesses above-average athleticism, but not tops in the organization as deemed by other publications. A good first step helps make up for underdeveloped stolen base skills. He gets by on speed but will further improve when he gets better reads on pitchers. He has a short, wiry frame with long strides but does not have the top end foot speed one would expect when viewing him up close.
\r\n
\r\nDefense: Valdespin uses his athleticism in the field. He has good range due to his speed, but compensates for many of his plays with an above average arm with a snap release. However, he gets caught at times trying to do too much with his arm and ends up forcing plays that do not need to be made. Additionally, unsettled footwork forces him to rush plays. It is a matter of discipline that when corrected will make him a much more reliable infielder. He is quick around the bag which combined with his arm and trigger makes him effective at turning double plays.
\r\n
\r\nProjection: Valdespin is a raw prospect whose game could reach a new level. However, that will be heavily determined by his ability to remain disciplined and dedicated to improving his game. He fell into patterns of not running hard all the time in the field and not finishing plays, patterns that coaches are trying to correct. He enters next season at 22 years old with limited time in long season leagues, and needs to show important growth in regards to makeup as much as in the field. Until then, he is a raw commodity who will likely top out at higher levels.
\r\n
\r\nETA: 2012. Valdespin opened the 2009 season in Savannah, but a pending logjam in the middle infield at both Savannah in St. Lucie make for a bit of a precarious starting point next season. It is by no means a lock he will get to New York in 2012, but rather if it does not happen by that season it will likely not happen at all. At the very least, he is looking at two-plus seasons on the farm before he could be promoted to New York as a possible role player who provides speed off the bench.
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