- Full name Phillips Chalier Valdez
- Born 11/16/1991 in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 160 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- Debut 06/08/2019
Organization Prospect Rankings
Originally signed by the Indians, Valdez spent two years in the Dominican Summer League before Cleveland released him in November 2010. The Rays signed him and released him in May 2011 before he played a game for the organization. After sitting out 2011, Valdez signed with the Nationals and has made significant strides, reaching high Class A Potomac in 2015. Valdez throws his fastball in the mid- 90s, routinely reaching 95 mph. He throws from a low three-quarters arm slot that adds deception and makes the ball seemingly jump on hitters. He has changed his breaking ball to be more of a slider, which better fits his arm slot and allows him to throw more strikes with the pitch. He's showing better feel for his changeup, which has the potential to become an average offering. Valdez still is working to improve his control, which (along with his changeup) will determine whether he fits better as a starter or a reliever. He'll get another challenge in 2016 as he reaches the upper levels of the minors for the first time.