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Braves Lose.... Who?

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If you haven't already seen the news, the Braves lost class-A right-hander Sergio Valenzuela in the Rule V Draft today. If you are saying "who?" right now, I can relate because I had the exact same reaction. I follow the Atlanta farm system a lot and I've never even heard of this guy before. I've searched the internet for about half-an-hour so far and all I've found out about him is that his fastball touches the mid-90's, and that was from an article about the selection. Something tells me we won't be missing him to much. Diory Hernandez and Dan Smith were among a group of a couple prospects, who were thought to have a good chance of being taken. The only Brave selected was Valenzuela with the sixth overall pick to the Reds. Valenzuela is a 23-year old right-hander out of Mexico, who spent this past season with Rome and Myrtle Beach. He was utilized primarily asĀ  reliever, posting a 7.00 ERA in 72 innings. His command wasn't the problem, as is the case with many young pitchers. It's mediocre (37 walks) but the real problem for him was a tremendous lack of strikeouts (38 strikeouts) and the fact that he was incredibly hittable (102 hits, .334 BAA). The Reds better have some information that no one else does to be able to justify this selection. I've got a feeling he'll be back with the Braves at some point next year... if they want him back.
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