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Boss-Hog
04-17-2009, 06:15 PM
Please use this thread for any discussion relating to Chris Valaika.

BoydsOfSummer
04-19-2009, 02:01 PM
2009 Season
Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
LOU INT .097 8 31 2 3 1 0 1 2 7 1 7 0 0 .152 .226 .377
Minors .097 8 31 2 3 1 0 1 2 7 1 7 0 0 .152 .226 .377

camisadelgolf
04-19-2009, 02:32 PM
He reminds me of Rosales in that he gets very streaky.

SMcGavin
04-19-2009, 02:38 PM
You know he will start hitting for average eventually, but one walk in 31 ABs is kind of concerning.

RedsManRick
04-20-2009, 12:36 AM
Small sample size alert. If it happened in June nobody would outside of Louisville would notice.

Scrap Irony
04-20-2009, 10:55 AM
I saw him Saturday for the first time this year and his glove and range looked really good. He ranged far in the hole and threw an absolute bullet to Barker to nab McCoutchen (IIRC) by half a step at first.

That's a play only Janish on the current Red roster makes.

Benihana
04-20-2009, 12:56 PM
The only real distinguishing factor as far as I can tell is that Valaika plays slightly better defense than Sutton or Rosales. Additionally he is a year or two younger.

SMcGavin
04-20-2009, 01:16 PM
Small sample size alert. If it happened in June nobody would outside of Louisville would notice.

Looking at his total body of work, I think "will he get on base enough in the majors" is a legitimate question.

Benihana
04-20-2009, 02:32 PM
Looking at his total body of work, I think "will he get on base enough in the majors" is a legitimate question.

Sutton does have better plate discipline.

RedsManRick
04-20-2009, 02:48 PM
Looking at his total body of work, I think "will he get on base enough in the majors" is a legitimate question.

Sure, it's legitimate question. But the data cited don't begin to answer it. Confirmation bias is one of the primary drivers for the improper use of small samples. Just because a small sample looks like we might expect a bigger sample to look doesn't make it any more legitimate.

I'll be watching to see how Valaika hits in AAA too. But it's a bit early to make any sort of judgment.

SMcGavin
04-20-2009, 06:18 PM
Sure, it's legitimate question. But the data cited don't begin to answer it. Confirmation bias is one of the primary drivers for the improper use of small samples. Just because a small sample looks like we might expect a bigger sample to look doesn't make it any more legitimate.

I'll be watching to see how Valaika hits in AAA too. But it's a bit early to make any sort of judgment.

A big thing I want to see from Valaika in AAA is improved plate discipline. So far, he's not doing it. That's as far as the "judgement" goes. He's got a whole season to get back on track and I hope he does. I think you're taking "one walk in 31 ABs is a little concerning" and reading something into it that isn't there.

OnBaseMachine
05-13-2009, 11:37 AM
Chris Valaika, ss, Reds: A bad start to Valaika’s season got worse when he went on the disabled list with a broken right hand. The Courier Journal of Louisville reports that Valaika will have a cast on his hand for four weeks, though after the cast comes off he could miss more time. Valaika, 23, was struggling with Triple-A Louisville before the injury. He’s hitting .161/.210/.290in 99 plate appearances with four walks and 20 strikeouts.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=3897#more-3897