Edison Valerio

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Edison Damian Valerio Abreu

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Biographical Information[edit]

Edison Valerio has played in Spain's Division de Honor (winning two home run titles through 2019) and for the Spanish national team.

The Dominican native debuted in Spain's top league in 2014 with CB Sant Boi, hitting .267/?/.333 and fielding .953. [1] He improved to a .278 average and .380 slugging in '15 while fielding .963. He turned 19 double plays, tying Yancarlo Franco for 2nd in the league. [2] In 2016, he slumped to .223/.333/.309 at the plate, fielding .949 and ranking third with 86 assists. [3] The next year, he moved to CB Barcelona and made big strides, batting .312/.496/.452 with 33 walks and 26 runs in 28 games; he fielded .955. He was third in the league in OBP (behind Michel Rodríguez and Blake Ochoa), 2nd in walks (5 behind Ochoa), first in assists (97). [4]

He switched clubs again in 2018, joining the Astros Valencia. He hit .294/.435/.529 with 5 runs and 6 RBI (but 3 errors) in 5 games when they won the 2018 Federations Cup. [5] In the regular season, he had a .341/.488/.715 batting line, showing much better pop (12 HR), drawing 32 walks, scoring 47 times and driving in 44 in 32 games. He fielded .945. He was 4th in the Division de Honor in runs, tied Kreisber Auciello for 4th in RBI, tied Auciello for the home run lead, tied Auciello for 6th in total bases (88) and tied Eduardo Moredo for 3rd in walks, but did not make the top 10 in slugging in a hitter-friendly season. [6]

In the 2019 CEB Cup, he was 5 for 15 with two doubles, a homer (for Valencia's lone run off Radim Chroust in a 2-1 loss), 3 walks, 3 runs and 3 RBI in 4 games. [7] In the Division de Honor that year, he produced at a .413/.530/.798 clip with 23 walks, 11 homers, 43 runs and 37 RBI in 27 games. He fielded .969. He was 8th in average, 5th in slugging, 4th in OBP, tied Rodríguez for the run lead, tied for 9th in hits, was 7th in RBI, tied Rodríguez and Richard Montiel for the home run lead, was 6th in total bases, ranked 8th in walks, was 3rd in assists (76) and tied Javier Monzón for 3rd in double plays (21). [8]

The 25-year-old debuted for Spain in the 2019 European Championship. He was 0 for 5 with two walks and two runs, backing up Oscar Angulo at 2B and Leomartires Rodriguez at 3B. His first at-bat for Spain was a ground-out against Belgium's Yannick Gontier. Spain won the Bronze Medal. [9] They qualified for the 2019 Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier, in which he saw a little more time. He did well, going 2 for 7 with a double, homer (both extra-base hits coming off Jan Novák), walk, hit-by-pitch, 3 runs and 2 RBI. He tied Angulo and Lesther Galván for the team lead in runs but Spain's bid for the 2020 Olympics fell short. [10]

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