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.
While true and I'd hoped he would eventually take to walking more he's at least decent at making contact and seems to have a knack for hitting for avg at least. I don't think he's completely done getting stronger though, probably a late bloomer. He could be a potential avg starter in 2 years though with more value at the plate than in the field.