George Valera

Thursday night, a brawl in Triple-A involving a top Major League Baseball prospect sparked significant reaction around the sports world.

Cleveland Guardians prospect George Valera, ranked 30th in’s prospect rankings, got involved in an ugly incident that sparked a bench-clearing brawl. And Valera was accused of putting his hands on a minor league umpire.

Valera and his Columbus Clippers took on the Nashville Sounds on Thursday night. In a video on Twitter, Valera could be seen arguing with catcher Alex Jackson. Jackson feverishly defended himself, and Valera didn’t back down. In fact, the Guardian prospect took a run at the Sound catcher.

Tempers flared, and Valera could be seen hoisting his bat in the air. He then took a swing at Jackson, but the catcher was unfazed by the punch to his chest protector. The ugly incident sparked a massive bench-clearing brawl between both sides.

What’s more, different angles of the fight went viral on Twitter. As they did though, they told another story: Valera was accused of putting his hands on an umpire.

Tweets did differ on whether he punched or shoved the umpire, but the incident will no doubt put the highly-touted prospect in hot water. Valera ranks second in the Guardians’ farm system according to’s rankings, behind right-hander Gavin Williams.

The sports world reacted to the ugly incident.

It seemed like there wasn’t much of a consensus among those who chimed in. Some liked Valera’s fight, others gasped at the incident.

[Brendan Walsh]

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