2023 MLB Draft: Eddie Saldivar, 2B — Long Beach State

June 30, 2023

A recent transfer to Fresno State after two years at Long Beach State, Eddie Saldivar’s bat has carried him to the next echelon of college baseball. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, the undersized infielder split time between second and third base during his sophomore season with the Dirtbags and led the team with 42 runs scored while finishing second on the club with 66 hits. Both his versatility and durability have proven to be assets; he started all 55 games last season, and delivered 16 multi-hit games in doing so.

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FSS Event History: Saldivar’s time with the Future Stars Series is extensive, starting with his time as a member of NorCal at the National Tournaments in 2019, and culminating with appearances both at the National Combine and International Week at Fenway Park the following year.

He impressed the scouting staff with his strong approach at the plate, as well as an ability to legitimately handle third base, shortstop and second when needed.

Current Ranking in Joe Doyle’s FSS Plus Top 600: 564

Joe Doyle on Eddie Saldivar:

Saldivar had a ton of helium in the 2021 draft but went unselected due to his signability. Saldivar can really, really hit. He strokes to both sides of the field and has budding power, though it’ll never be a big part of his game. He’s a plus defender at second base as well. Saldivar has the makings of a dynamic up-the-middle presence.

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