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Portrait of Javier Valentin

Javier Valentin CReds

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 1663 .251 .310 .402 .240 3.4
Birth Date9-19-1975
Height5' 10"
Weight198 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
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
1997 MIN 21 4 7 7 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .215 1.2 -0.0 0.1
1998 MIN 22 55 177 162 11 32 7 1 3 50 11 30 0 1 3 18 0 0 .198 .247 .309 .187 -7.3 -0.2 -0.7
1999 MIN 23 78 247 218 22 54 12 1 5 83 22 39 1 5 1 28 0 0 .248 .313 .381 .243 6.1 -1.4 0.5
2002 MIN 26 4 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .353 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2003 TBA 27 49 142 135 13 30 7 1 3 48 5 31 1 1 0 15 0 0 .222 .254 .356 .201 -3.6 -0.6 -0.4
2004 CIN 28 82 222 202 18 47 10 1 6 77 17 36 1 2 0 20 0 0 .233 .293 .381 .230 3.8 1.1 0.5
2005 CIN 29 76 254 221 36 62 11 0 14 115 30 37 0 3 0 50 0 0 .281 .362 .520 .289 20.2 1.8 2.2
2006 CIN 30 92 201 186 24 50 6 1 8 82 13 29 0 2 0 27 0 0 .269 .313 .441 .248 6.8 -0.3 0.6
2007 CIN 31 97 265 243 19 67 21 0 2 94 19 25 1 2 0 34 0 0 .276 .328 .387 .241 0.8 0.3 0.1
2008 CIN 32 94 144 129 10 33 8 0 4 53 14 27 0 1 0 18 0 0 .256 .326 .411 .257 4.4 0.6 0.5
Career6311663150715437982545606131257417421000.251.310.402.24032.81.33.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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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
1993 ELZ Rk 9 29 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .227 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 ELZ Rk 54 232 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .223 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 FTW A 112 433 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .359 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FTM A+ 87 379 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 NBR AA 48 185 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 MIN MLB 4 7 .215 .286 .365 .462 .281 .500 98 -0.3 0.2 0.1 -0.0 0.6 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
1997 NBR AA 0 401 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .272 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 MIN MLB 55 177 .187 .271 .335 .425 .264 .223 100 -14.3 4.8 3.1 -0.2 -0.3 -7.3 -0.7 -7.3 -0.7
1999 MIN MLB 78 247 .243 .269 .343 .425 .260 .274 99 -4.8 6.9 4.6 -1.4 -3.0 6.1 0.5 6.1 0.5
2000 SLC AAA 0 150 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .406 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 EDM AAA 121 489 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .340 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MIN MLB 4 4 .353 .235 .312 .354 .235 .500 99 0.4 0.1 0.1 -0.0 -0.2 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0
2002 EDM AAA 127 509 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .322 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 49 142 .201 .264 .327 .422 .260 .265 98 -9.1 3.9 2 -0.6 0.2 -3.6 -0.4 -3.6 -0.4
2004 CIN MLB 82 222 .230 .258 .321 .415 .256 .253 96 -7.5 6.6 3 1.1 -1.3 3.8 0.5 3.8 0.5
2005 CIN MLB 76 254 .289 .257 .324 .406 .255 .277 106 7.9 7.3 3.9 1.8 -0.2 20.2 2.2 20.2 2.2
2006 CIN MLB 92 201 .248 .261 .326 .420 .259 .278 97 -2.8 6.1 2.4 -0.3 0.0 6.8 0.6 6.8 0.6
2007 CIN MLB 97 265 .241 .258 .323 .403 .251 .298 102 -5.4 7.9 3.9 0.3 -3.0 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2008 CIN MLB 94 144 .257 .258 .326 .405 .257 .293 100 -0.5 4.2 -0.2 0.6 0.8 4.4 0.5 4.4 0.5
2009 BUF AAA 23 89 .245 .252 .327 .383 .243 .270 106 -1.5 2.6 -1.2 -0.5 -0.2 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1

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
1993 ELZ Rk 29 3 5 1 0 0 3 4 2 0 0 .208 .345 .250 .042 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 ELZ Rk 232 23 44 5 0 9 27 15 44 0 1 .210 .269 .362 .152 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 FTW A 433 59 123 26 5 19 65 47 75 0 5 .321 .397 .564 .243 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 NBR AA 185 22 39 8 0 3 14 16 35 0 3 .236 .303 .339 .103 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FTM A+ 379 34 89 26 1 7 54 32 65 1 0 .263 .334 .408 .145 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 NBR AA 401 41 90 17 0 8 50 30 61 2 3 .243 .302 .354 .111 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 MIN MLB 7 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .286 .286 .286 .000 .215 1.2 -0.0 0.1
1998 MIN MLB 177 11 32 7 1 3 18 11 30 0 0 .198 .247 .309 .111 .187 -7.3 -0.2 -0.7
1999 MIN MLB 247 22 54 12 1 5 28 22 39 0 0 .248 .313 .381 .133 .243 6.1 -1.4 0.5
2000 SLC AAA 150 25 50 16 2 7 35 9 27 1 0 .357 .400 .650 .293 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 EDM AAA 489 53 121 29 2 17 71 47 108 0 1 .281 .357 .476 .195 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 EDM AAA 509 69 130 33 1 21 80 41 96 0 1 .286 .351 .501 .215 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 MIN MLB 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 .000 .353 0.4 -0.0 0.0
2003 TBA MLB 142 13 30 7 1 3 15 5 31 0 0 .222 .254 .356 .133 .201 -3.6 -0.6 -0.4
2004 CIN MLB 222 18 47 10 1 6 20 17 36 0 0 .233 .293 .381 .149 .230 3.8 1.1 0.5
2005 CIN MLB 254 36 62 11 0 14 50 30 37 0 0 .281 .362 .520 .240 .289 20.2 1.8 2.2
2006 CIN MLB 201 24 50 6 1 8 27 13 29 0 0 .269 .313 .441 .172 .248 6.8 -0.3 0.6
2007 CIN MLB 265 19 67 21 0 2 34 19 25 0 0 .276 .328 .387 .111 .241 0.8 0.3 0.1
2008 CIN MLB 144 10 33 8 0 4 18 14 27 0 0 .256 .326 .411 .155 .257 4.4 0.6 0.5
2009 BUF AAA 89 6 20 3 0 3 10 12 11 0 0 .260 .360 .416 .156 .245 -0.0 -0.5 -0.1

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
2008 575 0.4487 0.4313 0.7782 0.5775 0.3123 0.8792 0.6263 0.2218
Career5750.44870.43130.77820.57750.31230.87920.62630.2218

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-06-15 2009-06-22 Minors 7 0 Right Shoulder Strain -
2007-09-17 2007-09-18 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2000-05-25 2000-07-05 Minors 41 0 Right Knee Surgery - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 CIN $1,350,000
2007 CIN $1,325,000
2006 CIN $1,150,000
2005 CIN $450,000
2004 CIN $500,000
2003 TBA $305,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$5,080,000
6 yrTotal$5,080,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 36 d

Details
  • signed as a free agent from CIN 2/3/09 (minor-league contract, $0.85M major league, $90K min)
  • performance bonus:$25K 60,70 g
  • $50K each 80,90,100,110,120,130 g
  • CIN exercised $1.35M 08 option 10/31/07
  • signed extension 8/06, 1 year/$1.325M (07)+$1.35M 08 club option, 07:$1.25M, 08:$1.35M club option $75K buyout
  • option increase to $1.35M with 250 plate appearances 07, $1.4M with 300 plate appearances 07
  • avoided arbitration 1/06, 1 year/$1.15M (06)
  • re-signed 11/04, 1 year/$0.45M (05)
  • signed as a free agent from TB 1/04, 1 year/$0.5M (04) (minor-league contract)
  • sent outright to Triple-A 10/03
  • 1 year/$0.305M (03)
  • acquired in trade from MIL 3/03 acquired in trade from MIN 11/02

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

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Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 It was a hard year to be a Reds catcheróthe fight for playing time had a mosh-pit quality. Valentin wound up playing some first base and even standing at third for a few innings to keep occupied, but he didn't get a start behind the plate after July 23, and barely saw the tools of ignorance thereafter. His bat still plays against right-handers (.271/.342/.430), so there should still be a role for him somewhere.
2008 Javier Valentin is still coming down off of his offensive explosion in 2005. To the Reds' credit, they didn't lose their heads when it happened and think they had a superstar on their hands. Valentin remains a decent hitter for a backup catcher. He's not a good receiver anymore, but he's far from an embarrassment. In short, he's a useful spare part.
2007 Rescued from the scrapheap, in three years as a Reds reserve, Valentin`s hit .286/.340/.501 against right-handed pitching, and he`s effective against the running game. He wouldn`t quite hit that well if he was playing full-time in a platoon, but he won`t do too much worse if he simply gets to share the job with Ross.
2006 In one of those surprises that makes the game so fascinating--and makes BP look good when it says `has enough pop to pull a 15-homer season at some point`--Valentin had his career year in 2005. Mediocre pitchers probably aren`t going to challenge him with fastballs again in 2006, which will hurt his power numbers. He`s adequate behind the plate, though the roly-poly `switch hitter` couldn`t hit Jennifer Lopez`s backside with a bat right-handed from three feet away.
2005 Got off to a horrendous start and never really recovered. They weren't going to win the Wild Card much less catch the world-beating Cardinals last year, but the 241 at-bats of misery that Valentin and Corky Miller inflicted on the Reds didn't help the club in its unsuccessful quest for .500 either. Of course a lot of the blame goes to Valentin's splits: .109/.146/.109 vs. lefties, .269/.333/.462 vs. righties. Still has enough pop to pull a 15-homer season at some point, if given the playing time.
2003 The battles with Tom Kelly have been fought and lost, which along with a knee injury in 2000 helped cost Valentin three years he could have been in the majors. His lack of options finally forced the Twins to dump him on the Brewers, but heís still standing. His knees arenít the best, but he can hit, heís got a good arm, and heís still relatively young. Heís better than several major league starters, let alone the Girardis of the world, so he could finally break out this year.
2002 Valentin could most recently be seen whistling jubilantly while cleaning out Tom Kelly's office. As with Matt LeCroy, Kelly wasn't nuts about Valentin's defense. Valentin spent 2001 learning to keep his hands higher at the plate, as well as playing a little first base and third base. His defense behind the plate is good enough to let him play every day in the majors, and he could well blossom if just left alone to do so. He'll be fighting for a roster spot, presumably behind Pierzynski.
2001 After Javier Valentin spent two years caddying for Terry Steinbach, it was a bit of a surprise that he was not the Opening Day catcher in 2000. He managed to offend Tom Kelly in spring training by assuming that the job was his and lost his spot on the big-league team for not hustling. It wasnít particularly fair, but summary judgments rarely are. Valentin injured his knee at Salt Lake so badly that he couldnít catch, then was removed from the 40-man roster this winter. Once he recovers, his shot at a career with the Twins depends on whether he can outlast Kelly.
2000 Valentin is caught in a bind. While he wonít be the star people expected after his big year at 19 in the Midwest League, heís a solid backup catcher and could count on playing time as long as Steinbach was around. Now LeCroy should be coming to town, so Valentin will either get used to being his caddy or hope for a trade to avoid that worst of all possible things, a summer in Utah.
1999 For the most part, we're not running 1995 lines this year, but I've left Valentin's in to illustrate a point: past minor league performance, properly translated, predicts future major league performance as well as past major league performance. And like major league performance, sometimes there's an outlier. Valentin's 1995 has the analyst community drooling, but it's apparent that it was a favorite restaurant in Fort Wayne, or his girlfriend that year, or an alien taking over his body. It happens, in the majors and minors, a lot more than you'd think.
1998 Formerly known as Jose. This Valentin is still very young, with plenty of time to blossom as a hitter, but thus far he hasnít shown much with the bat at Double-A. Gets raves for his defense, which wonít matter unless he improves at the plate. Might find himself pushed by A.J. Pierzynski if the hitting doesnít come around.

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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 668 24 2.3 23.9 401 -0.2 -0.1 -1.3 2.2 22.7

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