Date of Birth: 11/28/1996 -- 18 years-old
Athletic frame; should continue to fill out nicely. Solid approach; plays within his game. Shows plate discipline and pitch recognition; has some swing and miss on the outer half; has shown ability to barrel velocity and spin in all areas of the strike zone. Periera grinds out at-bats, waiting for his pitch. He flashed an adequate defensive skill-set for for the three mentioned positions that he played this season. Pereira ranges well to both sides thanks to solid instincts and a quick first step. He has average arm strength. Pereira flashes plus speed down the line; he's a pesky base runner that can swipe a base when needed.
Pereira is undoubtedly raw. I suppose it's easy to box score scout and scoff at his stats (.219 AVG .620 OPS over 155 ABs) disregarding his solid potential. That being said, Pereira's ability to barrel the ball and adequately field multiple infield positions gives him some legit solid pop-up potential.
Date of Birth: 12/26/1996 -- 18 years-old
Looks the part; should settle into the prototypical MLB power body. Well below-average bat; lacks knowledge of strike zone; long swing; lots of swing and miss; easily fooled by spin and velocity. Average bat speed; impressive power displays in batting practice; game power significantly lags behind due to limited experience. Below-average fielder; late jumps; adventurous routes to the ball. Average arm strength.
Valdez was absolutely overmatched this season; batting .136 with a .458 OPS and an alarming 54 strikeouts over 132 at-bats. That being said, he'll never hit for average or field well, but his size and raw potential -- especially the power -- make him worthy of keeping tabs on as a potential pop-up guy.
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