Rafael Emilio Valdez Díaz (born December 17, 1967 in Nizao, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the San Diego Padres in .Valdez began his professional career as a shortstop, playing two seasons at that position with the Charleston Rainbows in 1986–87. He converted to pitching in . In , Valdez pitched a perfect game for the Riverside Red Wave.After his major league career, Valdez continued to pitch in minor league baseball until , when he played for the Allentown Ambassadors of the Northeast League.
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