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    Chris Valaika Observations

    Please use this thread for any discussion relating to Chris Valaika.

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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    He reminds me of Rosales in that he gets very streaky.

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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    You know he will start hitting for average eventually, but one walk in 31 ABs is kind of concerning.

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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    Small sample size alert. If it happened in June nobody would outside of Louisville would notice.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    I saw him Saturday for the first time this year and his glove and range looked really good. He ranged far in the hole and threw an absolute bullet to Barker to nab McCoutchen (IIRC) by half a step at first.

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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    The only real distinguishing factor as far as I can tell is that Valaika plays slightly better defense than Sutton or Rosales. Additionally he is a year or two younger.
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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    Small sample size alert. If it happened in June nobody would outside of Louisville would notice.
    Looking at his total body of work, I think "will he get on base enough in the majors" is a legitimate question.

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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by SMcGavin View Post
    Looking at his total body of work, I think "will he get on base enough in the majors" is a legitimate question.
    Sutton does have better plate discipline.
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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by SMcGavin View Post
    Looking at his total body of work, I think "will he get on base enough in the majors" is a legitimate question.
    Sure, it's legitimate question. But the data cited don't begin to answer it. Confirmation bias is one of the primary drivers for the improper use of small samples. Just because a small sample looks like we might expect a bigger sample to look doesn't make it any more legitimate.

    I'll be watching to see how Valaika hits in AAA too. But it's a bit early to make any sort of judgment.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: The Official Chris Valaika Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by RedsManRick View Post
    Sure, it's legitimate question. But the data cited don't begin to answer it. Confirmation bias is one of the primary drivers for the improper use of small samples. Just because a small sample looks like we might expect a bigger sample to look doesn't make it any more legitimate.

    I'll be watching to see how Valaika hits in AAA too. But it's a bit early to make any sort of judgment.
    A big thing I want to see from Valaika in AAA is improved plate discipline. So far, he's not doing it. That's as far as the "judgement" goes. He's got a whole season to get back on track and I hope he does. I think you're taking "one walk in 31 ABs is a little concerning" and reading something into it that isn't there.

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    Re: Chris Valaika Observations

    Chris Valaika, ss, Reds: A bad start to Valaika’s season got worse when he went on the disabled list with a broken right hand. The Courier Journal of Louisville reports that Valaika will have a cast on his hand for four weeks, though after the cast comes off he could miss more time. Valaika, 23, was struggling with Triple-A Louisville before the injury. He’s hitting .161/.210/.290in 99 plate appearances with four walks and 20 strikeouts.

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