Originally Posted by rdivaldi
Most of the prospect talk so far this season has centered around Gio and McCarthy. But, the guy who has me the most excited is Valido. Here's a kid with oodles of talent and garnered a high pick out of high school. He's always had outstanding speed and played good defense, but the question seemed to be, "Can he hit?". Seems to me, he's answering that question.
Valido has always been my favorite out of the trio of Gonzalez, Lopez and Valido. He started last year hot, so let's hope he can maintain. He's just a real great, quality kid. Humble and honest, you can tell he has the mental make-up to be a good one. I wouldn't call his speed "outstanding". He's got avergae speed for a MIF. He runs upright, but he's a smart cookie, making him a better basestealer than his speed would have you believe.
Most advanced defensive SS in his draft year, IMO, and makes some eye-popping plays, makes tough plays look easy, so smooth.