When Sebastian Valle started his professional career a few years ago for the Philadelphia Phillies organization, his offensive skills looked extremely promising. Being a catcher his offense isn’t quite as important as all of the other positions of course but it does factor in to future destinations and limitations. With his invite to 2014 Spring Training, Valle has a lot of work to do.
While his offensive skills had appeared very promising in the early stages, they slowed quite a bit when he reached Double-A. In 2012 he spent some time in Triple-A but wound up beginning and spending the entire 2013 season back down in Double-A. During that process he posted a minor league career worst batting average of .203.
Clearly he has some repairing of his potential to do this spring. He has still shown some power potential but he needs to couple that with a better average if he wants to leave 2014 Spring Training with the Phillies planning his ascent to being their MLB catcher. Odds are honestly against him successfully doing that.
One good spring could turn it all around however. Many times the right teaching or habit picked up among the MLB players and coaches in the spring can make a career. It has happened recently for other teams in the game. It is possible that Valle could improve his entire career future with a great few weeks this spring. Here is hoping for his sake that he does.