Thomas Valera

HS Grad 2006
Age 29 and 1 mos
Age on 2006 Draft 18 and 5 mos
Position(s) SS  2B
Ht/Wt 5-8, 165 lb
B/T S/R
School  Whitfield Academy
Hometown  Smyrna, GA USA
Summer Team  Atlanta Blue Jays 18U
Fall Team  Whitefield Academy
National Rank - Class of 2006 
Ranking Last Updated: Jun 05, 2006
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GA State Rank - Class of 2006 
Ranking Last Updated: Jun 05, 2006
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College(s) interested in
North Carolina State 
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Miami 
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PG Grades

Best PG Grade
7.5
9/10/2005
Latest Showcase Report
2005 Southeast Top Prospect Showcase   Sep 10, 2005
PG Grade: 7.5
Thomas Valera is a 2006 SS/2B with a 5'8'', 165 lb. frame from Smyrna, Georgia, who attends Whitefield Academy. He is an athletic player with good speed and quickness. He ran a 7.19 sixty on a slow track, and he has a quick first step. His first step quickness really helps him on the bases, as well as defensively. In the middle of the diamond he has nice footwork with very quick hands and quick transfers. Valera has good range to both sides, and he has plus body control. At the plate he is a legitimate switch hitter. From the right side he has very good bat speed with raw power to drive the ball from gap to gap. From the left side he has a tendency to pull of the ball, but he still has very good bat speed with strength in his swing. Valera has a good understanding of the strike zone and will not get himself out.

Best PG has recorded

Percentile Rank among grad class in the recorded year

60 7.19 sec
9/10/2005
71.24% Rank
best 6.19  avg 7.40
 (2006 class in 2005)

best 6.19  avg 7.44
 (2006 class)
IF 72 mph
9/10/2005
14.93% Rank
best 93  avg 77
 (2006 class in 2005)

best 93  avg 76
 (2006 class)
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