ENYEL VALLEJO, CORNER OUTFIELDER
|Born: October 15, 1990
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2011
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Vallejo was unable to play in 2012 due to some sort of contract issue. He’s described as very athletic, so maybe he’ll be able to stay at short. Despite his lack of pro experience, he was already 22 by the time he played a pro game. Perhaps because of that, the Pirates brought him to camp and assigned him to the GCL before he’d played in the DSL.
Vallejo hit well in his first pro season, with surprising power, although he showed little inclination to draw a walk. Other than a few games at third, he spent all his time in left. No doubt this was because the Pirates had Trae Arbet and Carlos Ozuna at short, but it probably indicates they don’t view Vallejo as more than an organizational player.
Vallejo got into five games with Jamestown, then moved down to Bristol once the draftees began showing up. He was one of the better hitters at Bristol on a very bad team, but the very poor K:BB ratio doesn’t bode well for his hitting at higher levels. He played exclusively in the outfield, seeing time at all three positions but more in left and center than in right.
The Pirates sent Vallejo back to Bristol, where he played almost exclusively in the outfield corners. He didn’t hit well at all, with few walks and a much higher K rate than previously.
Vallejo will open 2016 at age 25 and hasn’t gotten very far. If he’s back, he’ll fill in somewhere at the lower levels.
|2016: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|December 11, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.|