Jordanny Valdespin Strains Arm in AFL, Law Hates His Swing

Yesterday, Adam Rubin reported that 2B Jordany Valdespin had “suffered a forearm strain,” and his Arizona Fall League campaign might be done.  After going 0-2 Monday, if true, Valdespin would finish his AFL campaign hitting .355/.388/.461 with four walks, 12 strikeouts and six errors in 19 games.  He’ll be 23 in December.

Before heading to the AFL, he hit .232/.243/.304 with 23 strikeouts and two walks in 28 games for AA Binghamton after a .289/.323/.437 line in 65 games for advanced-a St. Lucie.  At this point, I would not put him on the 40-man roster.  Yes, that would mean exposing him to the rule five draft.

Last night, Keith Law tweeted:

I’ve been asked what a “leak” is, so let me try to explain.  Think about a swing as an explosion.  Everything that happens before the hands start forward, including a hitter’s stance and load, prime the batter to blast through the zone.  When a hitter leaks, he’s not hold the energy in place.  Rather, he’s sliding forward and giving away potential power.  Nothing good comes from leaking.  It deprives a hitter of balance and power.
I haven’t seen Valdespin in the AFL, but most likely, Law is describing a sequence where his hips and body start moving forward before his hand go.  Thus, Valdespin will have little power.  Also, because his body is starting too quickly, ahead of his hands, he’ll be into his swing too early and be forced to make decisions on pitches early, leading him to chase breaking balls out of the zone. Some pictures or video of this would be nice.

There are 2 comments

  1. Bren

    Law also said a couple of weeks ago that Valdespin was “interesting,” and I don’t recall him mentioning the leek. Perhaps it’s just a bad habit he’s picked up, and he has shown decent pop in the past…

    Anyway, add another flaw to the list the new regime has to deal with in Spring Training. Should be interesting…

  2. robcast23

    Agree with Law here, Valdespin has looked nice but a complete player he is not. And I’d be shocked if he wasn’t compelled to tweet this based on Valdespin’s second ab in the Rising Stars game where he was “cheating” on the fastball so badly that anything offspeed (near the strikezone or not) had Valdespin flailing WAY out in front and trying to check his swing.

    His numbers this fall look nice but this is exactly the context in which they should look nice. Yes the competition is good but this is a league where pitchers want to showcase their best stuff, throw their best fb’s, etc. That plays right into the hands of a hitter like Valdespin who thrives on fastballs; but in a more traditional setting where pitchers can read up on him, pitch around him a bit and expose his complete lack of plate discipline, Valdespin is still extremely vulnerable. I also wouldn’t put him on the 40-man but I do expect we’d probably lose him in the Rule 5 to a team looking for a backup MI.

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