Back in June, the Red Sox completed their trade with the Mets and Royals that sent Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City. One of the players that the Mets sent back to Red Sox was minor-league outfielder Freddy Valdez.
At the time of the trade, Valdez was ranked the No. 14 prospect in the Mets system according to MLB Pipeline. The 19-year-old outfielder was the No. 29 international prospect during the 2018 signing period. He signed a deal that landed him $1.45 million with the Mets.
Valdez hit .274/.367/.448 with six homers, 16 doubles and three triples combined between 57 games. This was between the Dominican Summer League and three games in the Gulf Coast League in 2019.
Positive First Impressions of Freddy Valdez with the Red Sox
Senior vice president of baseball operations Ben Crockett spoke to Brendan Campbell of Blogging the Red Sox about Valdez. Campbell asked specifically about two players that came over in the Benintendi trade, one of them being Valdez and the other Luis De La Rosa. Both players came over to Boston in the middle of the season and are adjusting being with the Sox.
“Both Luis and Freddy have made positive first impressions. They’ve worked hard, been willing to communicate, and shown the positive physical qualities our scouts identified prior to acquiring them,” said Crockett to Blogging the Red Sox.
Valdez has spent time this season playing for the Red Sox in the Florida Complex League. In 20 games in the FCL, he is hitting .246 with zero home runs and 13 RBIs.
Despite the feedback from Crockett, Freddy Valdez has dropped considerably in the Red Sox prospect rankings. Valdez is no longer ranked in the top 30 on MLB Pipeline and Sox Prospects has him ranked at No. 51.
Valdez compared to Franmil Reyes
The Dominican Republic native will bring raw power to the Red Sox system. Keith Law ranked him the No. 13 prospect in the Mets system writing, “His ultimate value will come down to his plus-plus raw power and whether he hits enough to get to it in games.”
Baseball America has compared Valdez to Indians slugger Franmil Reyes and MLB Pipeline has compared him to former White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye. Baseball America also wrote, “During one notable live batting practice session at instructional league, the right-handed-hitting Valdez flexed his plus-plus raw power by driving a pitch about 450 feet down the left-field line.”
He did not play in 2020 due to the minor-league season being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Valdez did participate in the Mets’ fall instructional league. He will be under team control through 2022 and eligible for the Rule 5 draft if he is not added to the Red Sox 40-man roster by November of 2022.
– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)
Feature image courtesy of Sox Prospects
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