Originally Posted by Orenda
Anybody else disappointed in Valaika's development? Since he arrived in Louisville his slugging has decreased and his patience at the plate has failed to improve. After his 2008 season in AA, it seemed possible that he might have enough bat to be a ML regular. Hopefully he can still become that but IMO his numbers suggest he could be another out machine.
Consider last year,---his year to make the big step, he tried to play with a bum hand. Once he DL'ed and returned, he hit much better, and has been no slouch this year. He should be the best MLB ready guy on the 40 man, and maybe we'll know yes or no soon.