No. 12 CHRIS VALAIKA, SS, REDS
Team: Double-A Chattanooga (Southern)
Why He's Here: .400/.438/.700 (12-for-30), 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 7 R, 2 BB, 6 SO
The Scoop: He might not have the defensive chops to stick at shortstop in the big leagues, and he might be a tick below-average as a runner. But Valaika can hit, and he's been proving that all year. Always a talented player for his age, he was a fixture on Team USA for years. He bounced back from a torn ACL at UC Santa Barbara and was selected in the third round of the 2006 draft. Now he's hitting .293/.353/.457 for Chattanooga, better in every category than he was last year in the Florida State League.
BA will hold a chat at 3:00.