Nineteen year old Breyvic Valera’s name has been popping up in a bunch of different locations this year. Let’s take a closer look at Breyvic Valera (plus video) after the jump.
Valera was signed out of Venezuela on May 16th of 2010. He had a .873 OPS that year for the (now defunct) Venezuelan League Cardinals playing mostly 2B and SS. He arrived state-side the next year and started with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (.692 OPS) before moving up to Johnson City (.910 OPS). He’s not a power threat, with only 3 HRs in those two shortened seasons, but with 9 triples and 24 SBs to 9 CS, he is obviously a speed threat as a switch hitter.
This year, Valera is the youngest player on Batavia after filling in at Springfield briefly for Zack Cox. (He was 1 for 5 in 3 games.) This I think speaks volumes about the confidence the Cardinals have in the youngster as they felt comfortable sending him to Springfield for a week to fill in even though he has never played about Johnson City. He wasn’t going to stick there, as his true level is more like Batavia.
Breyvic Valera, 2B: A true sleeper this season and likely top-30 prospect for next season, the switch-hitter recently had a turn at Class AA Springfield when the S-Cards needed depth to help them through a period of injuries. He had a hit and two runs during his brief Texas League experience. He’ll get back there. The switch-hitting infielder batted .397 for JC last season in 19 games and boosted the JC-Cards to the Appy League title. At Batavia this week, he started at second base and batted No. 2. Signed as a free agent in his native Venezuela back in 2010, Valera went 3-for-5 in the second game with two RBIs.
I’m looking forwarding to learning more about Mr. Valera as he moves up the system and it looks like he should continue to move.
Our own t7rick took video of Mr. Valera this year in Batavia.
For any hybrid Cardinals and Game of Thrones fans, I see a nickname coming in Breyvic Valyrian Steel. The pronunciation might not be exactly right, but it works in my head.