ESMERLYN VALDEZ, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: January 27, 2004
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2021, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Valdez is an outfielder with good size whose primary asset is power. His defense and arm could be average.
Valdez got off to a slow start, with a .623 OPS in July, but followed that with .873 in August and .822 in September. He divided his time in the field between left and right.
Valdez moved up to the FCL, where he divided his time between left, right and first. He hit decently overall, with some power, and he improved after the early season. Valdez had a monthly OPS, starting in June, of .407, .976 and .892.
Valdez won’t turn 19 until a couple months before the 2023 season, which he should start at Bradenton.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2027
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|January 15, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.