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Friday, May 24, 2019

Jose Valdez, At Home - 27

Jose Valdez started his career at home.

Signed by the Dodgers as an amateur free agent in late 1987 out of his native Dominican Republic, Valdez played his first two seasons for Santo Domingo.

He moved stateside for 1990, but his pro career in the United States proved brief. He played a single season.

Valdez' career on the field started in 1988 as an 19-year-old for Santo Domingo. He hit .374 over 40 games. He also knocked in 61.

He returned to Santo Domingo for six games in 1989, where he went 3 for 13.

The Dodgers brought him to Florida for 1990. He played the year at rookie Kissimmee in the Gulf Coast league. The catcher got into 59 games, hitting .320 and recording 43 RBI. 

That season proved his only season with the Dodgers and marked the extent of his minor league career.

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,125
Made the Majors:1,139-36.4%
Never Made Majors:1,986-63.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 472
10+ Seasons in the Minors:282

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