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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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