Acquired: Drafted in the ninth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (COL).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: .257 with 14 homers and 80 RBIs in 136 games between Hartford (Double-A) and Albuquerque (Triple-A), adding 41 doubles for a .425 SLG.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Albuquerque on September 6.
MLB Debut Date: 9/6/2016
|September 6, in a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, pinch-running for C Tom Murphy in the eighth inning.|
|The younger brother of former big league infielder Chris Valaika (who saw time in the majors with the Cincinnati Reds and most recently hit .266 with seven homers, 41 RBIs and 25 steals at Triple-A Iowa in 2015 before starting the next phase of his career as a hitting coach in the Chicago Cubs system) Valaika comes to the majors off a recent game at Albuquerque in which he hit for the cycle. Given his combination of moderate over-the-wall and significant extra-base pop, don’t be surprised if it happens again in the bigs at some point. He’s got the reputation of being a hard worker and unsung hero at every stop he’s made (which may be why you may not have heard of him before this). In 2015 at New Britain (Double-A), he hit .235 with eight homers, 57 RBIs and 19 steals, adding 25 doubles in 124 games. In 2014, between Asheville (Class A) and Modesto (High A), he batted .299 with 12 homers, 70 RBIs, 19 steals and 26 doubles in 120 games.|
|You can check out this video of Valaika playing in the Eastern League from Mark Shreve earlier this season.|