Sebastian Valle

33-Year-Old CatcherC
 Free Agent  Foreign
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$Signed a minor league deal with the Mariners in January of 2017 that includes an invitation to spring training.
Reassigned to minor league camp
CSeattle Mariners  F
March 25, 2017
Valle was reassigned to minor league camp Saturday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
The Mariners made a pair of roster moves Saturday to trim down the number of players in major league camp with Opening Day approaching. Valle, a non-roster invitee, should see significantly more playing time in minor league camp after seeing just six plate appearances in big league camp.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Valle, once considered one of the better prospects in a depleted Phillies farm system, hit just .203/.245/.359 with 12 home runs in 354 at-bats for Double-A Reading last season. His numbers look poor on the surface, but he was the victim of some bad luck with a .236 BABIP. He is never going to be a high OBP guy, but he actually did improve his walk rate a touch last year. He still has the potential to end up being a solid backup catcher in the majors, but it appears as though Cameron Rupp has passed him on the organizational depth chart.
Valle received what appeared to be an undeserved promotion to Triple-A last season after the Phillies acquired catching prospect Tommy Joseph from the Giants in July. The Phillies wanted both to keep catching so the decision was made to promote Valle despite his .261/.280/.435 slash line at Double-A. Valle, who has never been one to take a walk, struggled in his short stint at Triple-A. He'll likely be back there again this season, though the Phillies may try to use him as trade bait now that he has been passed by Joseph as the team's catcher of the future. Just 22 years old and already at Triple-A, Valle is a solid prospect, but it may be a few years yet before he is ready for an opportunity in the majors.
Valle hit .284/.312/.394 with five home runs in 348 at-bats for High-A Clearwater last season. Valle was hitting over .300 until he started to slow down in July and then went into a slump in August. He also saw his home run numbers dip quite a bit from his 2010 campaign at Low-A Lakewood. Valle will likely be promoted to Double-A this year. He still has some work to do with his eye at the plate as he walked just 13 times all season. We'll also be watching to see if his power returns now that he will be out of the pitcher friendly Florida State League.
Valle hit .255/.298/.430 with 16 home runs in 447 at-bats at Low-A Lakewood last year and followed that up by hitting .281/.304/.494 with eight home runs in 160 regular season at-bats in the Mexican Pacific League. Valle continues to hit for power but has failed to display much of an eye at the plate thus far. The lack of discipline at the plate may result in low batting averages as Valle works his way through the minors but the power potential will keep him on the prospect radar.
Valle, who was signed as an amateur free agent in 2006, is considered the Phillies' top catching prospect in the minors. Scouts like both his offensive and defensive potential, but he has a lot of work to do refining both sides of his game. He's just 19 years old, so he has plenty of time to do this.
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Signs minor league deal with Mariners
CSeattle Mariners  F
January 26, 2017
Valle signed a minor league deal with the Mariners that includes an invitation to spring training, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.
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CNew York Yankees  F
February 5, 2016
Valle received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.
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CNew York Yankees  F
December 23, 2015
Valle agreed to a minor league contract with the Yankees on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
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CPhiladelphia Phillies  F
March 26, 2014
Valle was assigned to minor league camp Tuesday, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
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CPhiladelphia Phillies  F
March 14, 2014
The Phillies brought Valle back to major league camp Friday, Todd Zolecki of reports.
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