The Phillies announced last night they have received second baseman Jesmuel Valentin from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Hernandez, who was traded to Los Angeles on August 7th. Philadelphia will also receive a second player to be named later.
Valentin, 20, is the son of former Major League infielder Jose Valentin. The 20-year-old second baseman was batting .280/.349/.430 with seven home runs and 47 RBIs in 108 games for Single-A Great Lakes. He was selected with the 51st overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Valentin was the 13th rated Dodgers prospect according to MLB.com. MLB.com's Prospect Watch says of Valentin, "The son of 16-year big league shortstop Jose Valentin, Jesmuel developed tremendous instincts while growing up around the game. A natural right-handed hitter, he began switch-hitting late in his high school career. Valentin won't be much of a power threat, but he controls the strike zone well, and he could develop into a No. 2 hitter.
Valentin has solid arm strength, but his fringy speed and quickness make him a better fit at second base than as a shortstop. If he doesn't hit enough to become a regular, he's capable of playing on the left side of the infield and serving as a utilityman."
I never expected the Phillies to get a prospect even close to Valentin for Hernandez and Ruben Amaro Jr. is slated to receive another prospect from Los Angeles.
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