Enmanuel Valdez Worcester Red Sox Infield

       
 
Age: 23
Born: December 28, 1998
Birthplace: San Juan de la Maguna, DR
Height: 5-9
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: Acquired from HOU with Wilyer Abreu for Christian Vazquez
(Aug. 2022)
ETA: Mid-2023

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2015 (HOU)
Signing Scouts: Oz Ocampo, Roman Ocumarez
& Jose Lima
Signing Bonus: $450,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: June 4, 2016 (DSL Astros)
Added to 40-man: November 10, 2022
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): ~League minimum
   
Twitter: @Enmanuel_valde
Instagram: @enmanuel_2828

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Short, stocky frame. Thick, filled out. No remaining projection. Fringy athlete.

Hit: Starts open in a crouch with his hands high. Rhythmic leg kick. Slight uppercut in his swing. Solid contact skills and knowledge of the strike zone. Good bat speed, hits the ball hard. Above-average hard-hit rate. Will take a walk and make a pitcher pay for missing his spot. Will expand the zone, especially against changeups. Shows substantial platoon splits; does not read the ball as well against lefties. Potential average hit tool against right-handers and below-average against left-handers.

Power: Average raw power. Not a traditional power threat, but uppercut swing path allows him to drive the ball, especially against right-handed pitching. Struggles to impact the baseball against left-handed pitchers.

Run: Below-average speed. Not a base stealing threat. Has a frame that could cause him to get even slower as he ages.
  Field: Fringy hands and range. Not a natural fielder. Can make routine plays but tends to lack fluidity and makes things more difficult than they need to be. Has primarily played second and third base in his career, but in 2022 began to see some time in left field and first base in an attempt to find him a long-term defensive home. Potential below-average defender regardless of where he ends up.

Arm
: Below-average arm strength.

Career Notes: Acquired from Houston with Wilyer Abreu for Christian Vazquez at the 2022 trade deadline. Was in the midst of a career-best season at the plate at the time he was traded. Was added to the 40-man roster in November 2022 to prevent him from reaching minor league free agency.

Summation: Potential up-and-down, platoon bat. Ceiling of a bat-first utility player. Makes hard contact and has a decent approach against right-handed pitchers, but struggles against lefties. Has moved around the diamond, but that is driven by him being below-average defensively and trying to find where he will best fit rather than true versatility. Will have to hit to hold value given defensive limitations.

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    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2016 DSL Astros Dsl Rk Hou 17 55 192 32 47 16 3 5 34 84 27 35 5 1 0.245 0.338 0.438 0.775
  2016 DSL Astros Dsl Rk Hou 17 55 192 32 47 16 3 5 34 84 27 35 5 1 0.245 0.338 0.438 0.775
  2017 Gulf Coast Astros GCL Rk Hou 18 42 145 23 33 10 3 4 15 61 20 31 4 2 0.228 0.325 0.421 0.746
  2017 Greeneville Astros App Rk Hou 18 3 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 0 0 0.083 0.267 0.083 0.350
  2018 Tri City ValleyCats NYPL A- Hou 19 63 238 40 58 16 1 8 22 100 22 53 11 6 0.244 0.311 0.420 0.731
  2019 Quad Cities River Bandits Midw A Hou 20 33 120 23 33 11 0 3 20 53 16 21 2 3 0.275 0.374 0.442 0.816
  2019 Fayetteville Woodpeckers Car A+ Hou 20 67 228 26 49 11 1 5 31 77 14 61 6 2 0.215 0.264 0.338 0.602
  2021 Asheville Tourists SAL A+ Hou 22 75 283 52 72 16 1 21 72 153 25 67 5 1 0.254 0.313 0.541 0.854
2021 Corpus Christi Hooks Tex AA Hou 22 23 82 11 21 6 0 5 18 42 13 22 0 1 0.256 0.367 0.512 0.880
  2022 Corpus Christi Hooks Tex AA Hou 23 44 168 40 60 16 0 11 45 109 34 47 4 2 0.357 0.463 0.649 1.112
  2022 Sugar Land Space Cowboys PCL AAA Hou 23 38 159 26 47 10 1 10 32 89 11 29 1 1 0.296 0.349 0.560 0.909
2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 23 44 173 26 41 9 1 7 30 73 19 48 3 0 0.237 0.313 0.422 0.734
2023 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 24     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2021 MiLB.com Organizational All-Star
Texas League Player of the Week (May 16-22, 2022)
Texas League Player of the Month (May 2022)
International League Player of the Week (Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, 2022)
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