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Valera, Rafael

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Valera, Rafael

Team: Former Players
Pos: 2B
Bats: R
Throws: R
DoB: 1994-08-15
2016: A-
2015: A-, Rk
Acquired: I-FA
Acquisition Details: 2011-09-08
Hometown: Barquisimeto, Venezuela
2016 Stohs Prospect Handbook Profile: The Twins signed Valera from Venezuela in September of 2011. He spent two seasons in the Dominican Summer League before coming to the States in 2014. While in Extended Spring Training, he was “called up” to the Miracle a couple of times to fill in. In the GCL, he hit .254/.370/.341 (.710) with eight doubles and two triples. At 5-11, he is a solid 180. Offensively, he takes a lot of pitches and walked more than he struck out until 2015. He generally makes contact making him an ideal #2 hitter. Defensively, he is a solid infielder with a good arm. He’s got enough speed to play outfield if necessary, and in Instructional League following the 2015 season, he worked behind the plate.
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