Phillies Designate Sebastian Valle For Assignment

The Phillies announced that they have designated catcher Sebastian Valle for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Roberto Hernandez, whose one-year contract with the team is now official.

The 23-year-old Valle ranked among the Phillies' top 10 prospects heading into each of the 2010-12 seasons, per Baseball America, but his performance has slipped in recent seasons. Valle followed up a lackluster .253/.271/.428 performance in 2012 with a .203/.245/.359 performance in 379 Double-A plate appearances last season. Following that 2012 campaign, BA said that he should end up as at least an average defender behind the plate, praising his lateral movement, receiving skills and strong arm.

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  1. JimEdmondsMVP 2 years ago

    I hope the Cardinals claim him. He still has value.

    • Matt Mccarron 2 years ago

      He wouldn’t make it that far on waivers. Rockies have a need at C and teams like the Brewers, Marlins and Diamondbacks could pick him up and put him at AAA and hope they get flip him later on if he rebounds.

  2. themadman0307 2 years ago

    His 379 PAs in 2013 were in AA, not AAA.

    • Steve Adams 2 years ago

      Thanks for that catch.

      • themadman0307 2 years ago

        You’re welcome! I’ve unfortunately witnessed Valle’s decline over the past two seasons in Reading, and it’s quite frustrating.

  3. KJ4realz 2 years ago

    Such high hopes for him

  4. Phillyfan425 2 years ago

    Good defensive catcher. Horrifying BB:K ratio (9:2 last year, 9:1 in 2012), which led to an abysmal OBP. With the other catchers in the system (Joseph, Rupp, Lino, and Knapp), I can’t blame them from moving on from him.

    • BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

      He is putting up some good numbers in winter ball, so I’m sure somebody will grab him.

  5. Andy Todd 2 years ago

    valle -> rockies?

    • SwingtimeInTheRockies 2 years ago

      Not a terrible idea at all.

      • Matt Mccarron 2 years ago

        I could see the White Sox picking him up on waivers before the Rox get a chance.

        • Andy Todd 2 years ago

          Not a bad idea either, but I think with their rule 5 pick Nieto they have enough catchers on their 40 man

        • BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

          How would the White Sox get a chance to claim him before the Rockies? He’s on an NL team.

          • Matt Mccarron 2 years ago

            I thought it goes to the other league first? Wow, sorry. Rox could be a fit then.

      • Andy Todd 2 years ago

        I honestly can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic, I just thought it wasn’t that bad of an idea considering that Wilfredo Rodriguez is still like 4 years away. Not that Valle could keep up at the MLB level (as the Rox still need a backup catcher), but the Rox only have 1 catcher on the 40 man anyway and I think that Valle would probably be the second best catcher in the whole organisation for the Rox if they got him

        • SwingtimeInTheRockies 2 years ago

          Unsure why you thought I was being sarcastic but I do actually agree with you the Valle may be a fit. Our current backup is Jordan Pacheco. Rodriguez is behind Tom Murphy and Will Swanner in our system.

          • Andy Todd 2 years ago

            Sorry to jump the gun bro. Forgot about Pacheco, I forgot he used to catch.

          • BeisbolJunkie 2 years ago

            Pacheco is the backup catcher. That is why they sent him down to AAA last year was to get him back into it.

  6. Joe Orsatti 2 years ago

    They shouldve cut Savery

    • Matt Mccarron 2 years ago

      Theres alot of guys they should of cut before Savery and Valle. I guess they wanted to not have 5 catchers on the roster. It had to be done.

      • Joe Orsatti 2 years ago

        If they didn’t want 5 catchers then why not trade Rupp. Rupp has major league experience and could have netted up a minor league pitcher (AA or something). It would be better than losing a 23 year old with such potential for nothing.

        • Matt Mccarron 2 years ago

          Rupp is only 2 year older, Rupp hit .308 in his brief stint in the majors. ‘MLB experience’ is such a stretch. He had 14 PA. Valle had a awful year in 2013 at AA. Rupp has better potential, Valle has no spot with the Phillies anymore. I don’t see why they didn’t trade Valle for a PTBNL, so you got me there. But Valle vs Rupp is invalid if you are choosing Valle. Rupp’s upside on the MLB level is higher.

          • Doug Heffernan 2 years ago

            Rupp is a cowboys fan ..he has no place in Philly lol

          • Matt Mccarron 2 years ago

            Guess you’re not saying that about Dom Brown. Hes a Cowboys fan too,

  7. GoFish 2 years ago

    Any relation to former M’s catcher Dave Valle, who was also a good defensive catcher?

  8. Bruce Singer 2 years ago

    I am confused! This says that Valle was “DFA’d”…that does not mean the Phillies are necessarily giving up on him yet. He could still agree to be sent to the minors, correct?

    • JPH_GSG 2 years ago

      He has no major league experience, so it isn’t even his choice. If nobody claims him on waivers he’ll be outrighted and stay in the system.

      • John Donovan 2 years ago

        He could also be traded over the next 10 days as well.

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