The #Guardians farm system continues to be one of the best in baseball, now headlined by the dynamic bat of George Valera. There is much more talent to be revealed here in @KSLEDZ1975's Cleveland Guardians Top 50 prospects. #OurCLE #MiLB https://t.co/LeW8XC230w
Thank you to George Valera for finding time to talk to me and trusting me with his story in order for this article to even exist.
In every personal interaction I had with Valera during my time covering the Lake County Captains for @Official_CGBI, he was great to engage with.
Cleveland has added the following 11 players to the 40 man roster:
SS Tyler Freeman
OF George Valera
SS Brayan Rocchio
C Bryan Lavastida
RHP Cody Morris
OF/INF Richie Palacios
RHP Tobias Myers
INF Jose Tena
OF Steven Kwan
LHP Konnor Pilkington
INF Jhonkensy Noel
Cleveland spent aggressively on the international market in 2017, and while George Valera was their big ticket item, one of their smaller items, Brayan Rocchio, has been making some big contributions at the professional level. https://t.co/K6il6DPYbm
The depth of talent in Cleveland's system was on display in 2021, and now prospects like George Valera and Logan Allen can help the changing of the guard.
Organization All-Stars: https://t.co/XwEVaLg7ai https://t.co/TtFeHXaQwB
George Valera was born in Queens, but his family moved to the Dominican in 2014. Three years later, he was a heralded international prospect on account of his advanced hit tool. Cleveland signed him out of San Pedro de Macoris for $1.3 million as the highlight of their IFA class. https://t.co/9E2Cd9CbQV
AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Cleveland Indians/Guardians : 1⃣6⃣
🥇 OF George Valera (48)
Kansas City Royals : 8⃣
🥇 SS Bobby Witt Jr (1)
Minnesota Twins : 8⃣
🥇 OF Austin Martin (31)
Detroit Tigers : 4⃣
🥇 3B Spencer Torkelson (4)
Chicago White Sox : 3⃣
🥇 SS Jose Rodriguez (148)
I’d argue Conforto, Happ, and Benintendi are all well within the price range of Cleveland. They need to bridge the gap between now, and when George Valera is ready. Also, if Nolan Jones proves he can hit ML pitching, he could occupy the other corner. They’re in a great spot. https://t.co/1PZ6dIlB5N
Lake County Captains offensive leaders for 2021
Hits: Jose Tena - 116 (tied 2nd)
2B: Jose Tena - 25 (tied 3rd)
3B: George Valera - 4 (tied 7th)
HR: Jose Tena/George Valera - 16 (tied 8th)
RBI: Jose Tena - 58 (tied 11th)
BB: George Valera - 55 (tied 5th)
Today at @baseballpro, @TAScouting and I have another round of Eyewitness Accounts. They include my scouting reports on #Cubs DJ Herz, #Royals Nick Loftin and Cleveland's George Valera. https://t.co/iMWEwqP2jU
The 2022 Cleveland Guardians should be the beginning of a future-a bridge to position players like: George Valera, Gabriel Arias, Tyler Freeman, Oscar Gonzalez. Maybe Nolan Jones. And eventually, Jhonkensy Noel and more. Very underrated farm system IMO. I think they're loaded.
Fine 2021 season for Indians 20-year old OF prospect George Valera (@GV13__) who flashed his big time power potential at High A & AA. Also came up w/ a few big hits in the AA postseason.
.260, 5 2B, 4 3B, 19 HR, 65 RBI, 66 BB, 11 SB, .505 SLG, .910 OPS
#OurCLE #Futures https://t.co/0j5En8XzQb
Cleveland #Indians had 5 players under 21yrs old that had 15 or more HR's during the 2021 minor league season. No other organization had more than 3.
Jhonkensy Noel 19
George Valera 19
Alexfri Planez 16
Jose Tena 16
Brayan Rocchio 15
George Valera, Brayan Rocchio, and Jose Tena were some of the stars in High-A Central this year for the @LCCaptains. Awesome to see them help bring in a championship for the @AkronRubberDuck in AA! The Cleveland farm system is absolutely loaded folks! #OurCLE https://t.co/s7csvUB9c1
AFL is a month away. Haven't heard anything yet, but in the past we've talked about potential Cleveland players who could play this year:
George Valera's (@GV13__) final at-bat of the 2021 regular season was a game winning RBI single in the 8th inning of the @AkronRubberDuck playoff clinching win today vs Somerset. Nice season for the Indians #1 OF prospect:
.260, 5 2B, 4 3B, 19 HR, 65 RBI, 66 BB, .910 OPS https://t.co/zgURvz8gEu
The Cleveland Indians have so much talent in the minor leagues. Brayan Rocchio, Will Benson, Daniel Espino, Oscar Gonzalez, Nolan Jones, Tyler Freeman, George Valera, Bo Naylor, Aaron Bracho, Ethan Hankins, Jhonkensy Noel, Carson Tucker, Gavin Williams, just to name a few stars!
In no particular order the guys I would have in my Indians top 10 prospects Nolan Jones, Gabriel Arias, Cody Morris, George Valera, Ty Freeman, Bryan Lavastida, Bryan Rocchio, Logan Allen, Daniel Espino. I know its only 9 but the next group has a lot of debates for me.
This @Indians series was brutal, so this morning I decided to talk briefly about the game and then profile #2 Prospect George Valera, really exciting player who’s made his way to AA this season! It’s a new Cleveland Baseball Mornings Podcast
Saturday PD info
@CLBClippers pitching staff
@Indians have some terrific prospects in development. Players like Oscar Gonzalez, George Valera, Jhonkensy Noel are outfield prospects with power. None should be ready to begin the 2022 season in Cleveland. So the team will have to bridge the gap until their ready w/
#Indians 20yr old INF prospect Jhonkensy Noel is 2nd in the Indians farm system now in HR's despite missing so much time earlier the year with injuries.
1) Oscar Gonzalez (104) games 26 HR
2) Jhonkensy Noel (62) games 18 HR
3) George Valera (77) games 17 HR
George Valera and Brayan Rocchio were both part of the Indians 2017 International Signing Class as 16 year olds. Maybe, just maybe, they can be the dynamic duo for the Guardians at the plate & in the field that Bieber and Civale have been from the mound from the 2016 draft class. https://t.co/DPJKU8sUtQ
Tuesday's Minor League info
+@CLBClippers & AZ PPD
+C Roberto Pérez (R shoulder rehab) went 3-for-4 w/a 2B, RS, 2 RBI in 11-2 @akr win
Logan T Allen
The Cleveland Indians future sure is bright with the young prospects. Daniel Espino, Will Benson, Oscar Gonzalez, Bo Naylor, Nolan Jones, George Valera, Ethan Hankins, Gavin Williams, Brayan Rocchio, and Tyler Freeman just to name a few of the young stars in the organization!
Sunday's Minor League info
+Harold Ramirez 3-for-4, HR on rehab @LCCaptains
+Nolan Jones left game w/a L ankle sprain
Jorge Burgos(4 2B!!)
@fuzzyfromyt Cleveland has criminally underrated prospects. Espino, and freeman look really good, but everyone knows them. Take a look at arias, Oscar gonzalez and George valera. All will be studs. I think Next year we should call up gonzalez, could be that missing outfielders
Who's the hottest prospect in all of "Minor League Land"
Why it's Cleveland's George Valera!
In 20 August games he has an OPS of 1.212 with a .500 OBP!
This includes 8 bombs this month.
Offense is on the way folks, and you add that to the pitching?
George Valera is making his Double-A debut this evening.
Cleveland's No. 4 prospect according to Baseball America, sandwiched between two kids I know a little about...Daniel Espino at 3, and Bo Naylor at 5. https://t.co/cTLeiRYJp5
A little bit of official Captains news as they begin another homestand tonight.
OF George Valera and INF Victor Nova are headed to Akron, INF Christian Cairo and OF Johnathan Rodriguez are coming from Lynchburg.
Plenty of roster moves in Cleveland's system this morning, including George Valera's promotion, as expected.
Victor Nova joins him going to Akron. Lake County receives Johnthan Rodriguez and Christian Cairo as corresponding moves. https://t.co/ERaC3vypKC
High-A Central is losing a good one, but for good reason. Cleveland’s George Valera has been promoted to AA. It was awesome covering him for @Prospects1500. I highlighted him in my top 5 prospects in the East Division. The ceiling is sky high 📈 #OurCLE ⬇️
High A Lake County Captains leaders (qualifying AB):
Hits: Jose Tena - 93 (3rd)
2B: Will Brennan - 22 (tied 4th)
3B: George Valera - 4 (tied 7th)
HR: George Valera - 16 (tied 4th)
RBI: Jose Tena - 49 (tie 11th)
BB: George Valera (3rd)
The Cleveland Indians/Guardians are promoting OF prospect George Valera to AA Akron. In 2021 Valera is hitting .256/.430/.548 with 16 HR and 10 SB in 63 games at +A. #TheWeeklyStreamer #MustBeTheHawk @AkronRubberDuck @Indians @indiansPro @LCCaptains @CLEsportsTalk @TWSBiscuit https://t.co/vjGMkX6G4Z
OF prospect George Valera has been promoted from High A Lake County to AA Akron. In 63 games with the Captains he is batting .256, 2 2B, 4 3B, 16 HR, 43 RBI, 55 BB, .977 OPS.
#OurCLE #Futures https://t.co/cCNL9JeTJO
Captains hang on to win 5-3. Jerson Ramirez records a four out save with a strikeout.
Xzavion Curry K's 10 and allows just a hit. No walks.
George Valera and Jhonkensy Noel drive in a pair of runs each with singles. https://t.co/lMXAdROfIi
The Cleveland depth is on display in their new midseason Top 30. Nolan Jones couldn't hold onto his preseason #1 spot - is it now Daniel Espino, George Valera or Tyler Freeman? See below.
Last night's Minor League action, led by Ryan Lavarnway and Connor Marabell @CLBClippers
+the AZCL Indians are 25-11
AAA-Logan S Allen
AA-Juan Hillman Jr
@JL_Baseball @Official_IBI @calebphilips8 I predict arias and giminez as the next years ss/2B combo. What are your thoughts on the middle infield future? How do the Indians view outfield prospects alex call, Oscar Gonzalez, will benson and george valera? When will any of them get a legit big league chance?
No minor league action from Cleveland outside of Arizona, so here's a slow-mo of George Valera's homer and bat flip from two weeks ago to get you through.
(Finally getting some vids off my video camera, so I should have more half decent, non-cell phone video coming soon) https://t.co/YPRzr0bBsC
After a George Valera walk Micah Pries (@micahpries) doubles him home to get the @LCCaptains on the board vs West Michigan in game 2. 10th RBI for Pries w/ the Captains and 29th overall this season.
George Valera smacked two homers, including a walk-off shot, in Game 1 of High-A Lake County’s doubleheader.
Follow along to see what Cleveland’s No. 4 prospect has in store for Game 2: https://t.co/RRF4ymi9Jk https://t.co/OMLso7vDCv
@FranmilsEyebrow @QuincyWheeler1 I think Johnson still has an option left. I still like him, but with players like Nolan, Gonzalez, Palacios, Benson, George Valera, and even Steven Kwan, there doesn't seem to be much of a future for him in Cleveland
Captains lineup tonight. George Valera remains in the lineup after staying in the game last night after he collided with INF Joan Gonzalez. Gonzalez is not in the lineup.
Also, I've never seen a minor league lineup stacked this way.. https://t.co/Zil8p7l9BS
Today's Minor League info
Logan T Allen
Daniel Espino (4.0IP, 12K)
AAA-Kirk McCarty/Zack Godley
AA-Juan Hillman JR
Not that I really care about the opinions of folks who have been melting down about the Indians changing their name, but preserving the color scheme was a savvy move.
Looking forward to buying Guardians gear.
Looking more forward to Jhonkensy Noel and George Valera in 2 years.
#Indians CF prospect George Valera in June & July
.272/.417/.554, 7 HR
Cleveland hasn't had a outfield where each primary starter had an OPS+ over 100 since '09 (LF Ben Francisco, CF Grady Sizemore, RF Shin-Soo Choo)
George Valera up to an OPS of .894. Just 20 years old. Cleveland will have to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. For the record, there isn't a single outfielder currently on the 40 man roster that they should keep ahead of Valera. https://t.co/lFlONPk3Pd