Braves minor league pitcher Luis Valdez never made it from his native Dominican Republic to the U.S. for spring training, or at all last season, because of visa problems. Now we know why.
He was not who he said he was, Braves general manager Frank Wren said Thursday. Valdez’s actual given name, apparently, is Jairo Asencio. He originally signed under the name Valdez, declaring himself a few months older than he was, Wren said.
As Valdez, he had 27 saves for Triple-A Gwinnett in 2009. Asencio, 26, is still under the Braves control and is expected back in the minor league system.