The 22-year-old Valdespin is batting .362 with a .397 OBP with two doubles, a triple, seven stolen bases, and one home run in 69 at-bats in the AFL, during which he has just four walks and 10 strike outs. He swings a lot and doesn’t walk much, so I have no idea how he’ll be viewed by the new administration, but, assuming a high-profile player isn’t acquired, I expect Valdespin to be in the early mix at second base next spring.
Meanwhile, Holt is 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings, while striking out 13 batters and walking nine. He’s been in the low 90s with his fastball, while also using a slider, curve ball and change up, but most people I’ve talked with who have seen him feel he is still an a question mark based on his poor performance last summer. In other words, next year will be important for Holt.
Speaking of the farm system…
Jim Callis had the following comments about Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis in a recent chat for Baseball America: