The Dodgers have an excellent history with left-handed pitchers who hail from Mexico, including both Fernando Valenzuela and Julio Urias. The organization has announced another international free agency signing of LHP Luis Valdez from Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. Valdez turned just sixteen years old in July, born in 2003 (!).
Valdez is a very lanky kid, checking in at around six-foot-two and 150 pounds. He is projectable for that very reason and has all the time in the world to fill his frame out.
Here is some recent video on Valdez pitching in the Future Stars Series:
Mexico LHP Luis Valdez has a lanky figure with some deception in his windup and had an impressive three pitch mix that fooled some of the best hitters from America during @NB_Baseball @Program15BB @ftrstarsseries International Week. pic.twitter.com/i9oF78mBvN
— Future Stars Series (@ftrstarsseries) October 9, 2019
As the tweet mentions, Valdez has a pretty advanced and deceptive delivery for being so young and looked fantastic in the Future Stars Series.
While there is not a ton of information on the 16-year-old southpaw at this juncture, there certainly will be in the near future. Just by watching the video, you can see the raw potential and the level of mastery of his three-pitch mix at just sixteen years of age.
Best of luck to Luis Valdez in his journey through his baseball life in America.