The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Thursday they sent right-handed pitcher Victor Arano to the Philadelphia Phillies to complete their trade for Roberto Hernandez.
It was reported earlier in August the Phillies secleted Jesmuel Valentin as the first of the two players to be named later.
Drafted in the supplemental first round in 2012, Valentin ranked as the Dodgers’ 29th best prospect entering this season and boosted his value with a solid showing in Single-A Great Lakes.
The 20 year old son of former Dodger Jose Valentin, Jesmuel offered a different skill-set than his father. A switch-hitter, Valentin was originally drafted as a shortstop but made the move to second base, where his skills play up but his overall value drops.
Valentin’s bat improved in 2014, as he hit .280/.349/.430 in 108 games with the Loons, including a surprising seven home runs to go along with 22 doubles and nine triples. He’s not a burner, but did steal 24 bases in 31 attempts in Great Lakes.
Signed out of Mexico in April of 2013, Arano quickly got his feet wet in the organization with an assignment to the Arizona League Dodgers. That summer, he posted a 4.20 ERA in 13 games while striking out 49 and walking 13 in 49.1 innings.
In 2014, the right-hander improved his production while moving up to Single-A Great Lakes, where he had a 4.08 ERA in 22 games with just under a strikeout an inning and just over two walks per nine.
The 19 year old has a solid fastball/curve mix with a developing changeup. He ranked 20th in the Dodgers’ farm system coming into the year.
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