From Team One Baseball:
12/20/2002 1:35:02 PM - 2003 Scouting Report
Valentine was the minor league reliver of the year- at least in the eyes of Rolaids and after that he came over in the Foulke/Koch deal. I have little to go on as I missed him in the AFL but based on his 2002 numbers alone, he’s got to have a spot on this list.
By report, Valentine’s biggest pitch is his fastball that has some action and ‘plus’ velocity. Apparently he’s missing some bats with it and his second pitch breaker as he struck out 63 in 59+ innings at Double-A. He’ll need to sharpen his command and cut down on some of the walks (30 last year) but he certainly was locked in to end the season- he converted his last 24 chances.
With Jim Mecir shelved for the first several months of the season, there is a spot for a set-up guy in Oakland. Valentine should have at least a puncher’s chance to land that spot. He’ll be 23 for all of 2003.
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