Pat Valaika
Pat Valaika
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Colorado Rockies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Sent to Triple-A
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
April 23, 2019
Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque ahead of Tuesday's game against Washington, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
ANALYSIS
Valaika has struggled at the dish so far this season, hitting .074 with a double and four walks over 15 games. In a corresponding move, Jeff Hoffman has been recalled and will toe the rubber for Colorado on Tuesday night.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+94%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+48%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .708 171 19 8 19 0 .214 .280 .429
Since 2017vs Right .584 188 20 7 26 0 .198 .223 .362
2019vs Left .200 15 1 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
2019vs Right .388 16 2 0 0 0 .133 .188 .200
2018vs Left .539 73 4 2 3 0 .167 .236 .303
2018vs Right .365 60 4 0 2 0 .143 .186 .179
2017vs Left .939 83 14 6 16 0 .289 .333 .605
2017vs Right .729 112 14 7 24 0 .236 .248 .481
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+44%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+710%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .763 170 23 10 35 0 .236 .272 .491
Since 2017Away .530 189 16 5 10 0 .176 .230 .300
2019Home .543 16 3 0 0 0 .154 .313 .231
2019Away .067 15 0 0 0 0 .000 .067 .000
2018Home .477 53 3 1 4 0 .173 .189 .288
2018Away .445 80 5 1 1 0 .143 .231 .214
2017Home .945 101 17 9 31 0 .281 .310 .635
2017Away .674 94 11 4 9 0 .233 .256 .419
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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.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
12.9%
 
K Rate
41.9%
 
BABIP
.143
 
ISO
.037
 
AVG
.074
 
OBP
.194
 
SLG
.111
 
OPS
.305
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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In Tuesday's lineup
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
April 16, 2019
Valaika is starting at second base and hitting seventh against the Padres on Tuesday.
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Summoned to majors
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
April 1, 2019
Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.
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Will be called up Monday
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
March 31, 2019
Valaika will be called up Monday to replace the injured Daniel Murphy (finger), Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Sent to minor-league camp
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
March 23, 2019
Valaika was sent to minor-league camp Saturday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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Goes deep twice
2BColorado Rockies  AAA
March 3, 2019
Valaika went 2-for-2 with two home runs and three RBI against the Giants on Sunday.
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