Breyvic Valera
Breyvic Valera
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Toronto Blue Jays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Acquired in a post-DFA trade with the Cardinals just after Opening Day, Valera bounced between Triple-A and the majors four times over the first half of the season. He was then included in Baltimore's return for Manny Machado. Even on the lowly Orioles, Valera found opportunities hard to come by (41 plate appearances in 12 games). A fractured finger officially ended his season. He hit .286 after joining the O's, but the totality of his offensive contributions still added up to just an 80 wRC+ after the move (59 for the season). Valera is a switch-hitter who can put bat to ball consistently and play all around the infield, but there's little power to speak of here and he's been caught on the basepaths as many times as he's been successful over the past two seasons. On the strength of his defensive versatility, Valera will have a chance to win a job in camp. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in March of 2019. Waived by the Giants in May of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Yankees in May of 2019. Waived by the Yankees in September of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays in September of 2019.
Claimed by Blue Jays
2BToronto Blue Jays
September 20, 2019
The Blue Jays claimed Valera off waivers from the Yankees on Friday, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
ANALYSIS
Valera seems to be an insurance policy for Bo Bichette, who was removed from Thursday's game for concussion testing. It's not yet clear whether Bichette has been diagnosed with a concussion. Valera hit .219/.324/.313 in 12 games with the Yankees before being designated for assignment.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
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#5
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+103%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .764 34 4 0 5 0 .300 .364 .400
Since 2017vs Right .536 104 11 1 9 1 .198 .272 .264
2019vs Left .646 16 3 0 2 0 .267 .313 .333
2019vs Right .712 36 4 1 4 0 .219 .306 .406
2018vs Left .938 17 1 0 3 0 .357 .438 .500
2018vs Right .463 58 7 0 5 1 .200 .263 .200
2017vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017vs Right .311 10 0 0 0 0 .111 .200 .111
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+53%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+14%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .623 65 7 1 7 1 .246 .308 .316
Since 2017Away .563 73 8 0 7 0 .203 .282 .281
2019Home .819 28 4 1 4 0 .308 .357 .462
2019Away .536 24 3 0 2 0 .143 .250 .286
2018Home .525 33 3 0 3 1 .222 .303 .222
2018Away .597 42 5 0 5 0 .243 .300 .297
2017Home .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017Away .452 7 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167
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Stat Review
How does Breyvic Valera compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.57
 
BB Rate
7.7%
 
K Rate
13.5%
 
BABIP
.256
 
ISO
.149
 
AVG
.234
 
OBP
.308
 
SLG
.383
 
OPS
.691
 
wOBA
.307
 
Exit Velocity
85.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Long story short; Valera is a contact hitter without a path to at-bats. He earned a 40-man roster spot prior to the 2017 season by producing a stellar .341/.417/.415 line in 73 games with Triple-A Memphis the year prior. The young switch-hitter didn't disappoint in 2017 either, as he followed up his 2016 performance with a .314/.368/.450 line in 117 games with Memphis. He added a decent amount of power to his game last season, as he ripped 22 doubles, six triples and eight home runs in the minors -- all career highs. Still, the power is modest, as is the speed. He hasn't produced a strikeout rate north of 10 percent since his first season in pro ball, and he draws walks frequently. However, given St. Louis' depth at each infield position, Valera's ceiling seems to be that of a utility infielder in 2018.
There are many other prospects in the Cardinals system with more shine than Valera, but the 24-year-old switch hitter continues to hit nonetheless. 2016 marked his first time cracking the Triple-A roster, but he made the most of it by slashing .341/.417/.415 in 73 games with Memphis. Even more impressive was his BB:K ratio during his tenure with the Redbirds: in that span, he drew 31 walks and struck out just 22 times, elevating his contact rate to a stellar 90 percent. He possesses very little power (.074 ISO, zero home runs), but what he lacks in that department he makes up for with positional versatility. Valera is a long-shot to break camp with St. Louis, but his knack to get on base could help him garner a reserve utility role before the season's conclusion if he manages to keep up his torrid pace in the minors.
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Removed from roster
2BNew York Yankees
September 17, 2019
Valera was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Tuesday.
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Joins big-league club
2BNew York Yankees
September 8, 2019
Valera was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.
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Returned to minors
2BNew York Yankees
August 12, 2019
Valera was sent back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after serving as the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader. He went 2-for-6 with a walk and a run scored in two starts at second base.
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Up, hitting ninth in day game
2BNew York Yankees
August 12, 2019
Valera was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as the 26th man for Monday's doubleheader against the Orioles. He is starting at second base and hitting ninth in the day game, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
2BNew York Yankees
August 11, 2019
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