George Valera
19-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2020 Fantasy Outlook
One of the top prospects from the July 2, 2017 international signing class, Valera was able to log his first healthy season, spending most of the year as the second-youngest hitter in the New York-Penn League before getting a brief taste of the Midwest League. He ranked third in the NYPL in BB% (15.4) and sixth in ISO (.210). He was only 18, but his .236 AVG and 27.7 K% were still a little disappointing -- a potentially plus hit tool was supposed to be his calling card. Valera is very capable of using the whole field and still projects to make contact at a solid clip, but he may have sold out for power at times. He is thicker than he was when he signed and has slowed down as a result, which means his bat needs to be good enough to profile in left field (he has a fringe-average arm). Valera's development remains fluid, but he clearly has the upside to be a middle-of-the-order run producer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Indians in July of 2017 that includes a $1.3 million signing bonus.
Awaits short-season assignment
OFCleveland Indians  A
April 4, 2019
Valera is opening the year in extended spring training before being assigned to a short-season affiliate in June, reports.
Considering how advanced Valera is for his age (18), it wouldn't have been shocking for the Indians to assign him to Low-A, but this was always the more likely scenario. He will either go to the AZL or the New York-Penn League in mid-June.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
A year ago many evaluators viewed Valera as the second best hitter from the July 2, 2017 international signing class, behind Wander Franco, who is now a top five prospect in baseball. What should have been a buzz-worthy pro debut for Valera was cut short when he broke his hand after just six AZL games. He underwent surgery in July, and will be ready to make up for lost time in spring training. While Valera was signed out of the Dominican Republic, he grew up in New York and did not move to the D.R. until he was 13, so he did not deal with the same cultural adjustments that most 16-year-old J-2 signees are faced with. Given how advanced he is at the plate, the Indians could realistically send him to the AZL, the New York-Penn League or even Low-A if he really impresses this spring. Valera projects as a center fielder with a plus hit tool. He should eventually develop plus power while chipping in 10-to-20 steals in his early MLB seasons.
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Still out after hamate fracture
OFCleveland Indians  A
August 9, 2018
Valera had surgery to repair a broken hamate and is without a timetable to return, Eric Longenhagen of FanGraphs reports.
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Cleveland signs toolsy outfield prospect
OFCleveland Indians  A
July 2, 2017
Valera signed a $1.3 million deal with the Indians on Sunday.
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