The Toronto Blue Jays have yet to solidify their outfield this offseason, however, could Breyvic Valera be an option in the outfield in 2020?
The Blue Jays selected Breyvic Valera off waivers from the New York Yankees in a non-consequential transaction on September 20th of last season. The utility player would see action in five games with his new team before the conclusion of the campaign notching four hits including a homer while playing the infield.
However, when you dig a little further into the 27-years old professional career, you will learn he has enjoyed success in Triple-A and has outfield experience including centrefield. Could this versatility be the main reason Valera is still on the 40-man roster?
The native of Venezuela has 54 MLB games on his resume between the Dodgers, Yankees, Cardinals, Orioles, and Jays. Valera sports an uninspiring .223/.294/.298 slash line with 27 hits and a homer in 138 plate appearances.
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In Triple-A last year, Valera hit .303 with 14 homers and 10 stolen bases in 107 games with the Yankees affiliate. In 1001 minor league games, he is a career .299 hitter with 37 round-trippers and 105 stolen bases.
Throughout his professional career, Valera has roamed the outfield in 306 games including 92 games in centrefield. In 585 outfield chances, Valera has 36 assists along with 20 errors equalling a .966 fielding percentage.
Along with the outfield, he can also play shortstop, second and third base making him somewhat of a valuable commodity to keep around if his bat can play at the major league level.
Valera may be worth a look during Grapefruit League action to see how he looks in the outfield. As of right now, the depth chart is pretty scarce with the likes of Derek Fisher, Billy McKinney, Anthony Alford, and Jonathan Davis as the next line of defence beyond the starters.
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