LOS ANGELES -- The Phillies have selected half of their haul from the Dodgers for the Aug. 7 trade of starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, acquiring second baseman Jesmuel Valentin as one of two players to be named later or cash, the teams announced on Saturday.
Valentin was selected as a supplemental first-round pick, 51st overall, in the 2012 draft, an extra pick thanks to then-Type-B free agent Rod Barajas signing with Pittsburgh before the Dodgers even had to make the decision whether to offer Barajas arbitration.
The 20-year-old Valentin was hitting .282/.352/.433 with 38 extra-base hits and 38 walks in 107 games for Class-A Great Lakes. He was fourth in the Midwest League with 73 runs scored.
Valentin has played almost exclusively at second base this season, with 104 of his 105 games in the field at the position. He has also played shortstop as a pro, though only 17 games above rookie ball.
Since the Dodgers acquired Hernandez on Aug. 7, with the Phillies scouting from a list of available players from which they could choose, Valentin has been impressive, hitting .333 (12-for-36) with two home runs, two doubles and a triple in nine games, including 3-for-4 with a home run and a triple in his penultimate game with the Loons on Friday.
Valentin started Saturday's game for Great Lakes, but was removed after seven innings.