The Phils announced this evening that they have added 20 year old Jesmuel Valentin as the first of the two “players to be named later” in the Roberto Hernandez deal. Valentin had been the Dodgers 1st round pick (51 overall) in the 2012 draft and is a Puerto Rico native. He is currently ranked anywhere between #12 and #18 among Dodgers prospects.
In 2014, Valentin is hitting .282/.352/.433 for Class A Great Lakes, with 7HR 47RBI and 24 SB, to go along with a .976 fielding percentage in 104 games at 2B. Valentin, the son of former major leaguer Jose Valentin, is likely to report to High A Clearwater, unless the Phils decide to bump up Andrew Pullin (a worthy candidate for promotion) for the final two weeks of the season. Originally a shortstop, Valentin is considered a plus defender who has swung a good bat this year and shown a good deal of speed.