The Cleveland Indians have selected SS Yordys Valdes out of McArthur HS in Hollywood, Florida. Valdes is the top rated defensive high school shortstop in the draft.
Valdez is flashy defensively, but his bat has a long way to go. There is some contact ability, but he lacks the size and strength to drive the ball with impact on a regular basis
MLB Pipeline had him listed as the 82nd ranked prospect in the 2019 MLB Draft, so the Indians may be able to sign him under slot. Valdes is currently committed to Florida State University.
MLBPipeline gave the following grades for Valdes’ tools:
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There’s no question Valdes’ calling card is his defense. He’ll be able to play shortstop long-term with good hands, a cannon for an arm and the ability to throw from all angles. Like with many young shortstops, he’ll make the flashy plays and then lose focus on others at times, though no one doubts he’ll gain consistency as he matures. The big question around Valdes is his bat. He’s trying to switch-hit currently, with his left side behind his right, and though he’s added good weight, a lack of strength concerns some as his bat tends to trail through the zone leading to an opposite-field based approach.
So a glove first shortstop a great arm but questionable offense taken on the first day of the draft by the Indians. When have they ever done that before?