The Phillies farmhand Jesmuel Valentin and his teammates won one for the people of Puerto Rico as they downed the Dominican Republic last night 9-4 to win their second consecutive Caribbean Series title.
P.R. is still recovering from a series of hurricanes from last Fall and still an estimated 40% of the Island is still without electricity. Read HERE.
Valentin, recovering from shoulder surgery that ended his 2017 season early, seems now fully recovered. The switch-hitter put up good numbers going 10 for 27 with a homer in the six games of the Series including two base hits in the Final game. Watch HERE. He also homered earlier and was third in the Series with six runs scored in the six games.
Perhaps more importantly Valentin, who is on the Phillies 40-man roster, played well at shortstop in the Series. He has played mostly second base in his Phillies minor league career.
He wound up hitting .357 in the Caribbean Series.
He was one of the last cuts from the Phillies roster in 2017 spring training where he hit .366.
Valentin turns 24-years-old in May and looks ready to have a breakout 2018 season. It just might be as a shortstop for Lehigh Valley to start the season and then to the Show.