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Published on Feb 6, 2012
Jesmuel Valentin 2012 SS 5'10 175 Manati, PR Puerto Rico Baseball Academy
Jesmuel Valentin (#19), son of long time big leaguer Jose Valentin, started the game at SS before sliding over to 2B late in the game. He showed plus fielding ability, for me in the neighborhood of 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale - easily putting him among the most advanced defensive players in the 2012 draft class. His arm was around average, but played higher due to his compact arm action and quick release. He showed good barrel accuracy and a gap to gap approach from both sides of the plate during BP, but took his game at bats from the right side of the plate. In addition to his impressive tools, he showed great instincts and aggressiveness on the bases - which put him among the best "baseball players" at this event along with Mikey White and Gavin Cecchini. Valentin earned MVP honors for the National team, and is set to attend LSU next Fall.