Re: Valaika introduced to failure in 2009
Valaika is a dark horse, IMO, as a middle infielder. In AAA this year, it wouldn't suprise me to see him go 315/350/450. He has a history of struggling a bit one season, then really slugging at that level the next. In Louisville's lineup, he'll hit between and in front of some really, really talented mashers, thereby improving his numbers even more.
If he could play SS well, I'd love him. As is, he's likely to play most of his games at 2B, blocking Frazier slightly. But he's likely to be a better defender at the keystone spot than Frazier, so Jocketty may prefer him as a starter there (moving Frazier to the DeRosa supersub role).
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