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Framber Valdez

Framber Valdez

P | B/T: L/L | 5' 11" 170 | Age: 25
Palenque, Dominican Republic
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 3 2 2.77 16 2 0 39.0 36 1.18
2 Seasons 7 3 2.49 24 7 0 76.0 70 1.21
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 16 3-2 2.77 39.0 36 1.18
2 Seasons 24 7-3 2.49 76.0 70 1.21

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 HOU AL 154 4 1 2.19 8 5 0 37.0 22 10 9 3 24 34 1.24
2019 HOU AL 162 3 2 2.77 16 2 0 39.0 31 13 12 2 15 36 1.18
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

Valdez first became eligible to turn pro in 2010 and was 21, ancient by international standards, when he signed for $10,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. He made up for lost time by rushing from Rookie ball to Class A Advanced during his U.S. debut the following summer, and he similarly jumped from Double-A to Houston last year. After a history of missing bats and generating groundouts in the Minors, he did the same in the Majors, with 34 strikeouts in 37 innings and a groundout/airout ratio of 3.4.

Batters have difficulty making hard contact against Valdez because both of his primary pitches fall off the table when they get to the plate. He works at 91-94 mph and reaches 96 with heavy sink on his fastball, while his 78-82 mph curveball has so much spin, power and depth that it eats up left-handers and right-handers alike. He doesn't have as much success with his changeup and rarely used it in his introduction to the big leagues.

Short and stocky, Valdez has some effort in his delivery but did a better job of throwing strikes in 2018 than he had in the past. He may never have more than fringy command, but when he misses he tends to do so down in or below the strike zone, so batters rarely make him pay. While a two-pitch guy who doesn't always locate his pitches where he wants doesn't exactly scream "starter," the Astros think he can make it work and he did log a 2.59 ERA in five starts with them late last year.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 633 92 3 3.3 85.7 -4.6 .178 .250 .282 .277 .253 20.7 22.1 15.6
2019 556 109 3 2.8 89.2 0.7 .236 .326 .269 .291 .325 38.5 22.2 9.3
ALL 1189 201 6 3.0 87.6 -1.7 .209 .290 .275 .285 .292 30.3 22.2 12.3
MLB 35629 6.3 87.4 11.0 .251 .409 .317 .318 .370 34.3 21.5 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
04/21/2019 Houston Astros recalled LHP Framber Valdez from Round Rock Express.
04/11/2019 Houston Astros optioned LHP Framber Valdez to Round Rock Express.
12/04/2018 Aguilas Cibaenas placed LHP Framber Valdez on the reserve list.
11/05/2018 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Aguilas Cibaenas.
08/21/2018 Houston Astros selected the contract of LHP Framber Valdez from Fresno Grizzlies.
08/08/2018 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Fresno Grizzlies from Corpus Christi Hooks.
07/23/2018 Corpus Christi Hooks activated LHP Framber Valdez.
07/16/2018 LHP Framber Valdez roster status changed by Corpus Christi Hooks.
01/25/2018 Houston Astros invited non-roster LHP Framber Valdez to spring training.
07/18/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks activated LHP Framber Valdez from the temporarily inactive list.
07/16/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks placed LHP Framber Valdez on the temporarily inactive list.
07/09/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks activated LHP Framber Valdez from the temporarily inactive list.
07/06/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks placed LHP Framber Valdez on the temporarily inactive list.
07/02/2017 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
06/15/2017 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Buies Creek Astros from Tri-City ValleyCats.
06/10/2017 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats from Corpus Christi Hooks.
06/08/2017 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Buies Creek Astros.
02/27/2017 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Houston Astros.
09/07/2016 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits from Lancaster JetHawks.
09/02/2016 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Lancaster JetHawks from Quad Cities River Bandits.
07/27/2016 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits from Tri-City ValleyCats.
07/06/2016 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats from Greeneville Astros.
06/22/2016 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Greeneville Astros from Tri-City ValleyCats.
06/17/2016 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats.
06/03/2016 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to DSL Astros Orange from DSL Astros Blue.
05/30/2015 LHP Framber Valdez assigned to DSL Astros Blue.
03/19/2015 Houston Astros signed free agent LHP Framber Valdez to a minor league contract.