DIORIS VALDEZ, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: November 16, 2002
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Valdez’ main asset is raw power, or at least that was the idea when he signed. After doing reasonably well in his debut season as a first baseman/outfielder, he moved primarily, although not entirely, to the mound.
In his debut, Valdez hit reasonably well, with a much better BB:K ratio than many other young prospects. He didn’t, however, show much power. He divided his time between first and right.
DSL: 1-1-0, 8.56 ERA, 1.90 WHIP, 13.2 IP, 6.6 BB/9, 8.6 K/9
Valdez seemed a likely candidate for the FCL in 2022, but the Pirates sent him back to the DSL and he transitioned to the mound. He pitched regularly starting in late June, and made a few appearances as a hitter, mainly as DH. The pitching so far has a long way to go.
Thanks in part to the pandemic, Valdez will be eligible for Rule 5 after the 2023 season even though he hasn’t played much yet.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.