WILKIN VALDEZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: July 14, 2001
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Valdez is a big guy who threw 90-93 mph when signed. He added a slider and change, and considerable projection.
Valdez pitched in relief in the DSL and, obviously, the strike zone was a big problem. Opponents had a .427 OBP against him.
Valdez made marginal improvements, with a walk rate that was still extremely high.
Valdez had a great ERA, but the analytical stats weren’t buying it. For instance, his xFIP was 5.12. He got by on a .238 BABIP and a very high strand rate of 80.9%. His walk rate remained high and he didn’t miss a lot of bats.
By the time the 2023 season starts, it will have been over four years since Valdez signed, and the progress has been minimal.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2019
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
|February 6, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.