Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Robert Valido Report

Robert Valido, SS, Chicago White Sox
Drafted 112th Overall (4th Rd), 2003 Draft, HS, Miami, FL
Bats R/Throws R
19 YO, 6'2", 180 lbs

At this point he's a defense-only middle infielder. He has a great reputation with the glove. But his bat is still under construction. He hit .252/.313/.333 for Kannapolis this season with 25 doubles, 4 home runs, 35 walks, and 59 K's in 456 at bats. There's a lot of work to do there. And he might not ever be a real asset to an offense. But he's only 19 years old, so the jury is still out. Working in his favor is that he hit .307/.364/.479 in 215 at bats in the Appalachian League after being drafted last season.

As much as I can speculate about what he'll do, at this point, the only thing anybody can do is guess, or be more honest and just shrug your shoulders and say that we have plenty of time to find out.

On a side note, he stole 28 bases, with 12 unsuccessful attempts. It's a start, and it shows his athleticism and speed, but he needs to refine the skill so that he doesn't end up as a net negative on the basepaths.

ETA: 2008
2 Stars

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