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PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
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Birth Date8-14-1985
Height5' 11"
Weight205 lbs
Age28 years, 11 months, 14 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.32010
0.22011
2012
-0.22013
-0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 CIN 24 19 40 38 3 10 1 0 1 14 1 9 0 0 1 2 0 0 .263 .282 .368 .206 -2.9 0.0 -0.3
2011 CIN 25 14 27 25 3 7 1 1 0 10 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .280 .333 .400 .253 1.5 0.4 0.2
2013 MIA 27 22 70 64 4 14 5 0 1 22 3 16 1 1 1 9 0 0 .219 .261 .344 .220 -1.1 -0.9 -0.2
Career551371271031712466281121100.244.281.362.222-2.5-0.6-0.3

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 BIL Rk 70 315 .292 .274 .360 .407 .276 .389 108 9.3 8.0 3.1 0.6 1.7 21.2 2.2 21.2 2.2
2007 DYT A 79 331 .294 .263 .328 .381 .262 .376 97 12.1 9.7 3.7 -6.3 -1.1 25.9 2.0 25.9 2.0
2007 SAR A+ 57 241 .215 .262 .329 .387 .256 .303 102 -12.8 7.7 2.6 -1.7 -0.7 -4.5 -0.6 -4.5 -0.6
2008 SAR A+ 32 145 .334 .262 .323 .380 .251 .420 100 11.8 4.3 1.4 3.3 1.5 19.6 2.3 19.6 2.3
2008 CHT AA 97 417 .265 .264 .344 .404 .255 .344 106 2.3 12.3 5.6 -1.4 -2.7 16.6 1.5 16.6 1.5
2009 LOU AAA 95 392 .209 .264 .328 .403 .247 .281 113 -22.5 12.0 4.3 0.9 3.5 -2.9 -0.2 -2.9 -0.2
2010 CIN MLB 19 40 .206 .257 .327 .399 .268 .321 99 -2.2 1.1 0 0.0 -1.6 -2.9 -0.3 -2.9 -0.3
2010 LOU AAA 118 459 .250 .264 .333 .416 .256 .355 98 -4.9 14.0 -0.4 -3.0 -4.7 6.9 0.4 6.9 0.4
2011 CIN MLB 14 27 .253 .278 .342 .445 .282 .318 108 -0.2 0.7 0.1 0.4 0.4 1.5 0.2 1.5 0.2
2011 LOU AAA 109 453 .232 .260 .325 .401 .253 .291 94 -15.1 14.1 0.3 8.5 -2.6 -2.8 0.5 -2.8 0.5
2012 LOU AAA 85 316 .214 .253 .323 .390 .250 .261 105 -16.4 9.4 -0.5 -10.1 -0.0 -6.4 -1.6 -6.4 -1.6
2012 CIN Rk 3 11 .161 .230 .308 .349 .252 .000 100 -1.3 0.3 0 -0.0 0.0 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2013 MIA MLB 22 70 .220 .262 .323 .424 .269 .271 96 -2.7 1.8 0.2 -0.9 -0.3 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2013 JUP A+ 11 43 .205 .250 .317 .372 .252 .212 98 -2.6 1.3 -0.1 -0.0 -0.3 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2013 NWO AAA 37 143 .258 .266 .345 .400 .269 .282 90 -0.4 4.1 0.3 1.8 -0.1 3.8 0.6 3.8 0.6
2014 IOW AAA 100 393 .273 .268 .333 .418 .265 .323 96 5.9 11.7 -4.1 -1.3 -1.8 12.9 1.2 12.9 1.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 BIL Rk 315 58 89 22 4 8 60 24 61 2 2 .324 .392 .520 .196 .292 21.2 0.6 2.2
2007 SAR A+ 241 26 55 9 1 2 23 13 42 0 3 .253 .311 .332 .078 .215 -4.5 -1.7 -0.6
2007 DYT A 331 38 92 20 3 10 56 17 72 1 4 .307 .360 .493 .187 .294 25.9 -6.3 2.0
2008 CHT AA 417 58 114 19 1 11 50 28 74 7 4 .301 .349 .443 .142 .265 16.6 -1.4 1.5
2008 SAR A+ 145 20 49 9 0 7 31 7 28 2 0 .363 .399 .585 .222 .334 19.6 3.3 2.3
2009 LOU AAA 392 32 86 20 1 6 36 16 76 1 0 .235 .274 .344 .109 .209 -2.9 0.9 -0.2
2010 CIN MLB 40 3 10 1 0 1 2 1 9 0 0 .263 .282 .368 .105 .206 -2.9 0.0 -0.3
2010 LOU AAA 459 49 129 28 2 4 53 19 72 3 3 .304 .334 .408 .104 .250 6.9 -3.0 0.4
2011 LOU AAA 453 39 109 18 0 7 37 21 65 1 0 .261 .302 .355 .094 .232 -2.8 8.5 0.5
2011 CIN MLB 27 3 7 1 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 .280 .333 .400 .120 .253 1.5 0.4 0.2
2012 LOU AAA 316 30 65 14 2 6 29 15 63 2 3 .223 .268 .347 .124 .214 -6.4 -10.1 -1.6
2012 CIN Rk 11 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 .100 .182 .400 .300 .161 -0.9 -0.0 -0.1
2013 JUP A+ 43 3 8 1 0 1 4 2 6 0 1 .200 .256 .300 .100 .205 -1.1 -0.0 -0.1
2013 NWO AAA 143 17 32 6 0 3 11 10 25 1 1 .246 .308 .362 .115 .258 3.8 1.8 0.6
2013 MIA MLB 70 4 14 5 0 1 9 3 16 0 0 .219 .261 .344 .125 .220 -1.1 -0.9 -0.2
2014 IOW AAA 393 42 97 21 0 10 49 31 74 2 1 .279 .345 .425 .147 .273 12.9 -1.3 1.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 161 0.5342 0.5963 0.8229 0.7442 0.4267 0.9375 0.5938 0.1771
2011 95 0.4947 0.5579 0.9057 0.7021 0.4167 0.9394 0.8500 0.0943
2013 284 0.4965 0.5000 0.8169 0.6454 0.3566 0.9341 0.6078 0.1831
Career5400.50740.53890.83430.68480.38810.9360.64620.1657

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-05-08 2013-07-23 60-DL 76 63 Left Wrist Surgery Fracture Radius 2013-05-10 -
2012-05-22 2012-07-12 Minors 51 45 Right Knee Surgery 2012-06-12 -
2011-09-12 2011-09-29 DTD 17 16 Right Knee Surgery ACL 2011-09-19 -
2009-05-08 2009-06-17 Minors 40 0 Right Hand Fracture -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIA $495,000
2012 CIN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$495,000
1 yrTotal$495,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 34 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 11/19/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Miami as a free agent 11/5/12 (minor-league contract). Salary of $0.495M in majors. Contract purchased by Miami 3/31/13. DFA by Miami 7/23/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 7/25/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Cincinnati 9/4/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Cincinnati 11/20/09. Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/10.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2006 (3-84) (UC Santa Barbara). $0.4375M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .311 .338 .542 .313
11 vs R (Multi) .176 .229 .235 .167
18 Split (Multi) -.135 -.109 -.308 -.146
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .280 .308 .520 .301
31 vs R (2013) .179 .233 .231 .167
38 Split (2013) -.101 -.075 -.289 -.134
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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BP Articles

Chris Valaika is referenced in the following articles.

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This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 26, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-26
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 24, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-24
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: July 8, 2013Clint Chisam2013-07-08
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: National League, Week SevenJosh Shepardson2013-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Barton ParcelR.J. Anderson2013-05-14
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 11, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-11
This article requires BP Premium accessOverthinking It: The Sub-ReplacementsBen Lindbergh2013-05-10
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 9th, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-09
This article requires BP Premium accessDaily Roundup: Around the League: May 8th, 2013Clint Chisam2013-05-08
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 1, 2013Joe Hamrahi2013-04-01
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 1, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-01
Daily Roundup: Around the League: March 31, 2013Clint Chisam2013-03-31
Daily Roundup: Around the League: March 31, 2013Joe Hamrahi2013-03-31
This article requires BP Premium accessSobsequy: Notable NL Minor-League Free Agent SigneesAdam Sobsey2013-02-27
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Lots on ClotsBen Lindbergh2011-09-14
This article requires BP Premium accessCollateral Damage: Lots on ClotsCorey Dawkins2011-09-14
Transaction Analysis: Opportunity KnocksBen Lindbergh2011-05-03
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Beat: Tout Wars FAAB Update, 5/2Jason Collette2011-05-03
This article requires BP Premium accessOn the Beat: Spring SurprisesJohn Perrotto2011-03-25
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Cincinnati RedsMarc Normandin2011-03-22
This article requires BP Premium accessTeam Injury Projection: Cincinnati RedsCorey Dawkins2011-03-22
BP Unfiltered: Four Suggestions: Cincinnati RedsDavid Laurila2011-02-17
Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-02-07
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Reds and 'Stros, Brewers and BucsChristina Kahrl2010-09-24
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Org Watch: Reds, Twins, RangersKevin Goldstein2010-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessUnder The Knife: The Toughest Month for Injury NewsWill Carroll2010-09-01
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock Blog: Minor League Update: Games of July 22Kevin Goldstein2010-07-23
Minor Issues: Glitz and Glamour, with Chris ValaikaDavid Laurila2010-07-08
Prospectus Q&A: Terry ReynoldsDavid Laurila2010-01-26
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Action: Fill'er Up!Christina Kahrl2009-11-23
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Future Top Dogs, NLKevin Goldstein2009-04-08
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Organizational Rankings, Part 1Kevin Goldstein2009-03-17
Prospectus Q&A: Gary MayseDavid Laurila2009-02-08
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Reds Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2008-11-13
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Today: The Arizona Fall LeagueJoe Sheehan2008-11-10
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Who are the Next Rays? NL VersionKevin Goldstein2008-10-14
Future Shock: Futures Game LogKevin Goldstein2008-07-14
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: NL Central NotebookKevin Goldstein2008-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: April Awards for HittersKevin Goldstein2008-05-02
Future Shock: Hawaiian Winter Baseball PreviewMike Plugh2007-09-22
Future Shock: Hawaiian Winter Baseball PreviewKevin Goldstein2007-09-22
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Monday Morning Ten PackKevin Goldstein2007-04-30
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, NL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-04-25
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: Low-A PreviewKevin Goldstein2007-04-12
This article requires BP Premium accessFuture Shock: State of the Systems, NL CentralKevin Goldstein2007-03-21
This article requires BP Premium accessLies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Shortstop ProspectsNate Silver2007-03-01


BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-20 15:30:00 (link to chat)Any chance the Reds' AAA affiliate could beat the Pirates in a 7 game series? They're trotting out a lineup of Dave Sappelt, Chris Valaika, Yonder Alonso, Todd Frazier, Juan Francisco, Danny Dorn, and Devin Mesoraco, with Sam LeCure, Matt Maloney, Aaron Harang, and Aroldis Chapman among their pitchers.
(Joe from Cincy)
I was going to rip you and talk about how massive the different is between Triple-A and the big leagues is, but they might have a chance. I'll still favor the Pirates though. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina...Love your work, it always brightens my day. Quick question on my beloved Reds. The Reds haven't had a legit SS since Barry Larkin retired and they have no real prospects lined up at the position (particularly with Chris Valaika struggling mightily in AAA). What do the Reds do for 2010 if they can't bring in a FA or trade acquisition? Could they move Brandon Phillips back to SS or is he too valuable at this point at 2b? It just seems like the franchise has a number of guys who would be better fits at 2b. Would love to hear your thoughts.
(JoshC77 from Columbus)
Hi Josh, thank you for the kind words. I've been suggesting Phillips as their best-possible answer at short for a couple of seasons now, especially given that they play in a bandbox and can't really afford to wind up with some slick-fielding offensive non-entity when they're already shy of star players in the lineup. An infield with Votto and Rolen at the corners, Phillips at short, and Todd Frazier at second might not be enough to carry that outfield, but it's a start in the right direction. (Christina Kahrl)


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