The son of former Cuban national team outfielder Oscar Valdes, Yordys was born in Cuba and moved to Florida as a 5-year-old. He improved his 2019 Draft stock by playing well at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in October of his senior year, then showing improved strength during the spring. The Indians selected him in the second round and signed him for $1,000,001 as the 63rd overall pick.
One of the best defensive shortstops in the 2019 crop, Valdes has the tools to make all the plays and win Gold Gloves. He has a quick first step, reliable hands and an arm that earns well above-average grades from some scouts. He also has good instincts in the field and has drawn comparisons to Luis Guillorme.
As with Guillorme, Valdes is much more advanced with the glove than the bat. A switch-hitter, he makes consistent contact but will have to continue to add muscle and prove he can drive the ball. Though he clocks fringy to average running times out of the batter's box, he's quicker than that once he gets going and shows some aptitude for stealing bases.