Pat Valaika
Pat Valaika
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Baltimore Orioles
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In theory, any hitter who calls Coors Field home should interest fantasy owners. Valaika tested the limits of that idea, hitting a combined .169/.230/.274 in 219 plate appearances over the last two seasons. You don't need his park-adjusted 19 wRC+ to know how bad that line is. Claimed by the Orioles in October, Valaika at least landed in another hitter-friendly home park, but a player who didn't work in Denver probably won't work in Baltimore. Any hope for Valaika in the upcoming season would have to rest on his strong numbers for Triple-A Albuquerque, where he hit .320/.364/.589 with 22 homers in 84 games. He could win a roster spot for a weak Orioles club and carve out some playing time if those numbers really do represent a new skill level. Anyone betting on that would have to willfully ignore his big-league track record to date, however, which isn't generally how fantasy leagues are won. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rockies in March of 2019. Waived by the Rockies in October of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Orioles in October of 2019. Waived by the Orioles in January of 2020. Claimed off waivers by the Diamondbacks in January of 2020.
Seeing uptick in starts
2BBaltimore Orioles
August 13, 2020
Valaika will start at shortstop and bat ninth Thursday against the Phillies.
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Valaika will be getting his third start in four games, but two of those assignments came when top shortstop Jose Iglesias was managing a quadriceps injury. Iglesias manned shortstop Wednesday and is serving as the designated hitter Thursday, but he should be in the clear to fill his normal position in the infield during this weekend's series with the Nationals, likely relegating Valaika to the bench as a reuslt.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#9
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2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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#3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+84%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+271%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+109%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+48%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .695 129 15 5 8 0 .207 .281 .414
Since 2018vs Right .377 121 10 0 4 0 .150 .200 .177
2020vs Left 1.625 10 4 2 2 0 .375 .500 1.125
2020vs Right .438 21 2 0 1 0 .200 .238 .200
2019vs Left .757 46 7 1 3 0 .238 .304 .452
2019vs Right .362 40 4 0 1 0 .135 .200 .162
2018vs Left .539 73 4 2 3 0 .167 .236 .303
2018vs Right .365 60 4 0 2 0 .143 .186 .179
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+86%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+704%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .712 117 15 3 10 0 .248 .299 .413
Since 2018Away .383 133 10 2 2 0 .117 .191 .192
2020Home .728 19 2 1 2 0 .235 .316 .412
2020Away .879 12 4 1 1 0 .273 .333 .545
2019Home .997 45 10 1 4 0 .350 .422 .575
2019Away .124 41 1 0 0 0 .026 .073 .051
2018Home .477 53 3 1 4 0 .173 .189 .288
2018Away .445 80 5 1 1 0 .143 .231 .214
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Stat Review
How does Pat Valaika compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.60
 
BB Rate
9.7%
 
K Rate
16.1%
 
BABIP
.238
 
ISO
.214
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.323
 
SLG
.464
 
OPS
.787
 
wOBA
.346
 
Exit Velocity
85.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.5%
 
Barrels/PA
6.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
Valaika landed a spot in the big leagues to start the season, but with Trevor Story and DJ LeMahieu locking down Colorado's starting middle-infield spots, Valaika was limited to a bench role and got off to a horrendous start at the plate, producing a .359 OPS over the first two months of the season. As a result, the Rockies bounced him between Triple-A and the majors the rest of the year. He wasn't even able to find a rhythm in the minors, batting .216 in 139 at-bats. Overall, it was a disappointing season for Valaika, and his prospects don't look better for 2019. LeMahieu's departure creates an opening at second base, though Garrett Hampson will get the first chance to fill that void, barring a free-agent signing. Either way, Valaika needs to bounce back in a big way this spring just to ensure he wins a spot as a big-league reserve.
A lot of things went right for "Patty Barrels" in 2017. He bashed 13 home runs in just 195 plate appearances (nine of which came at home). He posted a solid .817 OPS and a surprisingly-high .275 ISO. Those numbers should be taken with the appropriate grain of salt, however, seeing as he played half of his games in Coors Field and had a 20.3 percent HR/FB. His plate discipline (3.6 percent walk rate) and contact skills (27.2 percent strikeout rate) were lacking. The big question surrounding Valaika is how much he'll actually get to play. There's no direct line to regular at-bats unless there is an injury or unless Trevor Story falls on his face again. Prospects Brendan Rodgers and Ryan McMahon are knocking on the door of the majors, further clouding the infield playing-time picture.
Valaika began the year at Double-A Hartford and broke out at the plate, bashing 49 extra-base hits (including 13 home runs) to go with a .269/.314/.450 slash line. This success helped the 24-year-old garner a promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque, although his performance was middling at best at that level. Despite this, injuries at the major league level and an emphasis on evaluating younger talent helped Valaika get his first taste of big league action via a September callup. He was very limited in his opportunities, but he made the most of his at-bats, going 5-for-19 with a home run and a double. Although he moved quickly this season, the infielder's success will be tough to sustain, as he walked less than six percent of the time across all levels this season while posting strikeout rates north of 20 percent. Valaika's sound defense and versatility could land him a utility job at the major league level in the future, but his low prospect status and high propensity to strike out will likely keep him irrelevant in fantasy terms.
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Late addition to lineup
2BBaltimore Orioles
August 2, 2020
Valaika was added to the Baltimore lineup for Sunday's game against the Rays after Rio Ruiz (undisclosed) was scratched from the starting nine, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports. Valaika will man third base and bat seventh.
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Sticking in bench role
2BBaltimore Orioles
August 2, 2020
Valaika is out of the lineup in Sunday's game against the Rays.
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Added to 60-man pool
2BBaltimore Orioles
June 28, 2020
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Outrighted to Triple-A
2BBaltimore Orioles
February 11, 2020
Valaika was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk by the Orioles on Tuesday.
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Back with Baltimore
2BBaltimore Orioles
January 30, 2020
Valaika was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Thursday.
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