Although unranked in the top 30 by MLB Pipeline, Enmanuel Valdez’s promotion is notable for the Astros’ future.
It was a long time coming. Leading all of Minor League Baseball in OPS two months into the season offers an excellent case for promotion, and for Houston Astros‘ prospect Enmanuel Valdez, moving to Triple A didn’t come with any challenges.
The Texas League Player of the Month for May slashed .357/.463/.649 with 11 home runs for Corpus Christi. And in his first two trips to the plate against Oklahoma City, the lefty blasted two solo homers, while picking up a single along the way.
Leading the Texas League in batting average and being top five in home runs and RBI, Valdez continued his offensive prowess in his first game in the Pacific Coast League. Even without the elevation effect on the road, the lefty still pieced together two home runs against a pitcher with Major League experience in Michael Grove.