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July 10, 2014

Notes from the Field

July 10, 2014

by Jeff Moore and Austin Diamond


Florida State League Notes

By Jeff Moore

Breyvic Valera, 2B, Cardinals (Palm Beach, A+): Recently promoted to Double-A; switch-hitter, lots of movement in his right-handed stance, unnecessary bat wiggle, doesn't always get back to hitting position, left-handed stance is much quieter; plus bat speed from the left side, average from the right; potential plus hitter, better from left side; trouble recognizing changeups but can barrel up a fastball; below average power from both sides, will never hit for power. Solid defender at second base with above-average range, but not a premium defender; left-side profile. Plus speed, 4.1 to first base from left side. Not an everyday player but could find a niche as a role player

Jorge Flores, 2B, Blue Jays (Dunedin, A+): Undersized player, listed at 5-foot-5; embraces small-man's game offensively, bunting for hits, putting the ball on the ground and using plus speed (4.1 from right side), good bat to ball skills, little to no power and doesn't look to drive the ball; premium defender at second base, quick first step leading to plus range; strong enough arm to make all the throws at second base, enough to handle shortstop in stints but not enough to make necessary throws from 5/6 hole; short, quick release, especially on double play turn. Won't offer much offensively but could have enough value as a defender and a baserunner to be a bottom-of-the-lineup regular on a strong offensive team.

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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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Brevity Valera is supposed to be Breyvic Valera, though I kind of like Brevity as a first name.

Jul 10, 2014 03:30 AM
 
edwinblume

Auto-correct strikes again

Jul 10, 2014 07:25 AM
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jfranco77

Gabriel Lino - is that the guy that Kevin Goldstein used to like way back in the Up and In days?

#futureAstro

Jul 10, 2014 07:28 AM
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BP staff member Jeff Moore
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It looks like Kevin listed him in the Orioles Top 11 back in 2011, but his development hasn't taken off like many had hoped. He's best known for being traded to the Phillies for Jim Thome.

Jul 10, 2014 08:49 AM
 
sldetckl16

As someone who has watched a few Hagerstown Suns games this year just to sneak naughty glimpses of Giolito's curve, it was nice to be reminded there are other players on the team.

Jul 10, 2014 09:13 AM
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