Delaia Valdez

High School Savanna High School
GRADUATION YEAR 2017
GRADE POINT AVG. (GPA) : 4.0
NCAA Eligibility Number : 1501992456

Sport : Softball
RECRUITED BY : Ben Nelson
Height : 5'4"
Weight : 105 lbs
HAND Right
POSITION Catcher
2ND POSITION OTHER
AB 142
BATTING AVERAGE .422
OB% ,584
STOLEN BASES 10

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Player: Delaia Valdez    Grad Year: 2017                       Position: Catcher          2nd Position: Utility

Club Team: OC Strikeforce (CA)                        HT: 5’4’’            WT: 105

 

Delaia definitely has strong fundamentals to play the game at the next level.  I see her success more as a Utility player/runner/DP given her speed and size at a smaller D1 school.  If looking to stick mainly with catching, I would recommend as D2/D3.  As stated, her fundamentals are sound, but I see her strengths are in her hitting and her speed, which will be extremely useful and important to D1/D2 schools.  Below are my evaluations for offense and defense.

 

Defense:

Catching –

Strengths: Good throwing form.  I love that she approaches the ball with two hands when making a throw to second, that is vital for quick throws.  Majority of Framing is very good, just stick the pitches (especially the inside and sell it).

 

Areas to Improve:  Do NOT drop left knee on every pitch; it is a horrible habit.  It causes too much movement, is distracting to umpires and also forces you into a position that is difficult to get out of should the ball go a different direction.  Showing signals far too low which makes them easy to steal.  Signals should be tucked in tight right up against the body.  Also, bring the knees closer together in the stance.  Too wide open again making it very easy to steal signals.  Delaia needs to pop quicker from the squat to throw to second.  She should already be moving toward the ball before it gets into the glove and then stay low, rather than standing up completely.  There is so little time to get the ball to second that every second counts.  

 

Offense:

Strengths:  Good power and bat control.  I Love that she hits to all fields and is quick out of the box and great with base running.  Delaia is always looking to take the next base.  That’s huge and difficult to teach; it is a trusted reaction and she has that - GREAT!

 

Areas to Improve:  EXPLODE on contact and drive that back leg!  She gets power, but right now it is all upper body.  Imagine if the lower body was engage more and there was explosion and drive from the lower body - WATCH OUT!  

 

The other positions shown (2nd, 1st and Outfield) show the utility but I do not see one stick out more than the others, just a good showing of versatility and again good fundamentals.  

Evaluated By: Janna Sartinin (former D1 Catcher Univ. of Illinois)                                  3/3/2015

                  2015-16 OC STRIKEFORCE SCHEDULE           

SEPT 19-20TH FALL CLASSIC TCS WEST COVINA OR CHINO HILLS,CA (18U)

OCT 2-4TH TCS BEST OF THE WEST PALMDALE OR TCS HEMET * TENTATIVE

OCT 9-11TH FALL SHOCASE PGF/SURF CITY HUNTINGTON BEACH/BUENA PARK

OCT 16-18TH OCTOBER SHOWCASE  PGF/SURF CITY HB/BUENA PARK,CA

OCT 23-25TH HOLLOWEEN SHOWCASE  PGF/SURF CITY HB/BUENA PARK,CA

OCT 30TH31ST OFF

NOV 6TH-8TH LAS VEGAS SHOWCASE PGF/SURF CITY LAS VEGAS, CA

NOV 13-15TH OPEN

NOV 20-22ND EARLY THANKSGIVING SHOWCASE PGF/SURF CITY BUENA PARK,CA

NOV 27-29 TCS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PERRIS,CA

DEC 5TH-6TH VARIOUS CAMPS

DECEMBER 19TH THE OG STRIKFORRCE REUNIION AND OC STRIKEFORCE BANQUET

2016

JAN 6-8TH OR 15-16TH WINTER COASTAL TOURNAMENT

DARK PERIOD BEGINS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

2016 TCS WORLD SERIES IN SPARK CITY UTAH. MID JULY.

2016 USSSA WORLD SERIES LATE JULY or PGF

*July 31st senior night at San Antonio park (last game at BP and for OC Strikeforce  players.

Mark Bustamante: Head Coach OC Strikforce

Ocstrikeforce@gmail.com

714-931-3064

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