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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 28)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .239 4 24 21 1 .226 -0.2
Birth Date8-14-1985
Height5' 11"
Weight205 lbs
Age29 years, 2 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.32010
0.22011
2012
-0.22013
-0.32014
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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
2014 CHN 28 44 131 121 10 28 4 0 3 41 7 35 2 1 0 13 1 0 .231 .282 .339 .227 -1.6 0.3 -0.1
Career99268248205911158713633222410.238.282.351.225-4.1-0.3-0.5

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
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 CHN MLB 44 131 .227 .240 .301 .369 .251 .298 100 -4 3.4 -0.7 0.3 0.3 -1.6 -0.1 -1.6 -0.1
2014 IOW AAA 102 397 .274 .269 .333 .420 .265 .325 95 6.1 11.9 -4 -1.6 -1.8 13.5 1.2 13.5 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 397 43 98 21 0 10 50 31 76 2 1 .278 .344 .423 .145 .274 13.5 -1.6 1.2
2014 CHN MLB 131 10 28 4 0 3 13 7 35 1 0 .231 .282 .339 .107 .227 -1.6 0.3 -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
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
2014 490 0.5429 0.5245 0.8054 0.6842 0.3348 0.8956 0.5867 0.1946
Career10300.52430.5320.82060.68450.36270.91680.61790.1794

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). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 8/1/14.
  • 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.

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
90o 511 52 135 27 2 9 53 25 90 2 2 .285 .325 .410 .266 16.7 2B -1, 3B 0 1.6
80o 490 48 123 25 1 9 49 23 89 2 2 .270 .308 .388 .253 9.6 2B -1, 3B 0 0.9
70o 475 45 114 23 1 8 46 21 88 2 2 .259 .296 .372 .243 4.9 2B -1, 3B 0 0.4
60o 462 42 108 22 1 8 44 20 86 2 1 .249 .286 .358 .235 1.1 2B -1, 3B 0 -0.1
50o 450 40 100 20 1 7 41 19 85 2 1 .241 .277 .346 .227 -2.3 2B -1, 3B 0 -0.4
40o 438 37 95 19 1 7 39 18 84 2 1 .232 .267 .333 .219 -5.5 2B -1, 3B 0 -0.8
30o 425 35 89 18 1 6 37 17 83 1 1 .223 .257 .320 .211 -8.7 2B -1, 3B 0 -1.1
20o 410 32 82 17 1 6 34 15 81 1 1 .212 .245 .304 .201 -12.2 2B -1, 3B 0 -1.5
10o 389 29 73 15 1 5 31 14 79 1 1 .197 .229 .283 .188 -16.6 2B -1, 3B 0 -1.9
Weighted Mean45541103211742208621.245.281.351.231-0.82B -1, 3B 0-0.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 6% 4% 11% 17%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201529250245210142211481.223.264.322.216-1.3-10.9-0.71.314.9-26.4-0.9
201630250245310142312481.227.269.332.221-0.9-7.5-0.61.214.9-23.1-0.9
201731637621342721159291261.226.267.334.221-1.0-7.1-1.72.814.9-23.2-2.3
20183255853112221949271140.215.259.314.212-1.6-12.7-1.52.314.9-28.5-2.0
20193364060130252955291290.218.260.312.212-1.7-13.0-1.62.514.9-28.9-2.3
20203462257121241851281290.211.253.300.205-2.1-17.2-1.72.214.9-32.7-2.3
202135630591252411055311340.215.259.311.211-1.7-13.7-1.72.114.9-29.0-2.3
20223660457118230952321330.213.260.307.210-1.9-14.9-1.81.814.9-29.8-2.2
20233760956117231850291320.208.252.297.204-2.2-18.3-1.71.714.9-33.2-2.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Chin-lung Hu 2012 .000 DNP
2 89 Edwin Maysonet 2010 .000 DNP
3 89 Lance Zawadzki 2013 .000 DNP
4 89 Luis Hernandez 2012 .015
5 88 Michael Martinez 2011 .227
6 88 Michael Fisher 2013 .000 DNP
7 88 Brett Dowdy 2010 .000 DNP
8 88 Jemel Spearman 2009 .000 DNP
9 88 Luis Maza 2008 .185
10 87 Renny Osuna 2013 .000 DNP
11 87 Drew M Anderson 2011 .000 DNP
12 86 Anthony Contreras 2012 .000 DNP
13 86 Davis Stoneburner 2013 .000 DNP
14 85 J.C. Holt 2011 .000 DNP
15 85 Danny Richar 2011 .000 DNP
16 85 Jake Gautreau 2008 .000 DNP
17 85 Robbie Hudson 2012 .000 DNP
18 84 Scott Youngbauer 2007 .000 DNP
19 84 Gookie Dawkins 2007 .000 DNP
20 84 Drew Meyer 2010 .000 DNP
21 83 Nate Sutton 2011 .000 DNP
22 83 Ronnie Prettyman 2010 .000 DNP
23 83 Adam Fox 2010 .000 DNP
24 82 Luis Cruz 2012 .274
25 82 David Espinosa 2010 .000 DNP
26 82 Paco Figueroa 2011 .000 DNP
27 82 Richard Lewis 2008 .000 DNP
28 82 Gregorio Petit 2013 .000 DNP
29 82 Brian Bocock 2013 .000 DNP
30 82 Javier Guzman 2010 .000 DNP
31 82 Brian Dinkelman 2012 .000 DNP
32 82 Angel Chavez 2010 .000 DNP
33 82 Diory Hernandez 2012 .000 DNP
34 81 Danny Sandoval 2007 .000 DNP
35 81 Erick Monzon 2010 .000 DNP
36 81 Gabe Lopez 2008 .000 DNP
37 80 Tim Raines 2008 .000 DNP
38 80 Sean Kazmar 2013 .000 DNP
39 80 Tommy Manzella 2011 .000 DNP
40 80 Vince Harrison 2008 .000 DNP
41 80 Vasili Spanos 2009 .000 DNP
42 80 Casey Smith 2007 .000 DNP
43 80 Greg Dobbs 2007 .259
44 80 Will Rhymes 2011 .224
45 80 Gil Velazquez 2008 .114
46 80 Justin Christian 2008 .198
47 80 Scott Beerer 2011 .000 DNP
48 80 Ray Olmedo 2009 .000 DNP
49 79 Aaron Mathews 2010 .000 DNP
50 79 Argenis Reyes 2011 .000 DNP
51 79 Ed Rogers 2007 .000 DNP
52 79 Blake Davis 2012 .000 DNP
53 79 Felix Perez 2013 .000 DNP
54 79 Brandon Pinckney 2010 .000 DNP
55 79 Vince Sinisi 2010 .000 DNP
56 79 Leury Bonilla 2013 .000 DNP
57 79 Brennan King 2009 .000 DNP
58 79 Shawn Roof 2013 .000 DNP
59 78 Brian Barden 2009 .239
60 78 Alejandro Machado 2010 .000 DNP
61 78 Donell Linares 2012 .000 DNP
62 78 Eider Torres 2011 .000 DNP
63 78 Yunesky Sanchez 2012 .000 DNP
64 78 Adam Pavkovich 2010 .000 DNP
65 78 Danny Perales 2013 .000 DNP
66 78 Pete Orr 2007 .158
67 78 Kevin Russo 2013 .000 DNP
68 78 Jesus Valdez 2013 .000 DNP
69 78 Ozzie Chavez 2012 .000 DNP
70 78 Eric Eymann 2012 .000 DNP
71 78 Josh Rabe 2007 .140
72 78 Tony Abreu 2013 .254
73 78 Travis Metcalf 2011 .000 DNP
74 77 Julio Cordido 2009 .000 DNP
75 77 Robert Andino 2012 .214
76 77 Juan Ciriaco 2012 .000 DNP
77 77 Tyrell Godwin 2008 .000 DNP
78 77 Jeff Bannon 2008 .000 DNP
79 77 Nic Jackson 2008 .000 DNP
80 77 Wilkin Castillo 2012 .000 DNP
81 77 Skyler Stromsmoe 2012 .000 DNP
82 77 Juan Gonzalez 2010 .000 DNP
83 77 Humberto Quintero 2008 .202
84 77 Christian Colonel 2010 .000 DNP
85 77 Omar Quintanilla 2010 .000 DNP
86 77 Luis Bolivar 2009 .000 DNP
87 77 Chris Barnwell 2007 .000 DNP
88 77 Greg Sexton 2013 .000 DNP
89 77 Bernie Castro 2008 .000 DNP
90 77 Buck Coats 2010 .000 DNP
91 76 Chuck Caufield 2012 .000 DNP
92 76 Ricardo Nanita 2009 .000 DNP
93 76 Chris Roberson 2008 .000 DNP
94 76 Joe Thurston 2008 .079
95 76 Melvin Dorta 2010 .000 DNP
96 76 Lloyd Turner 2008 .000 DNP
97 76 Kevin Howard 2009 .000 DNP
98 76 Tony Alvarez 2007 .000 DNP
99 76 Omir Santos 2009 .251
100 76 Rick Bell 2007 .000 DNP

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

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2012 The latest inheritor to the mantle of futility infielder's doom that once hung from the shoulders of the unremarkable, unlamentable Freddy Benavides, Valaika is a working-class utility infielder looking for his Steinbeck and having to settle for the febrile cruelties of our keyboards instead. Oh, the songs that might be sung about his intangibles, if only we had the voices to shout Valaika's name in praise or scorn to the skies above. Oh, the torrents of ink already spilled to grimly observe that he might accost the roster of some team you care for, and worse yet, get serious playing time. Lo, I see a word count worthy of a full-length player comment approaching . . . and there it is—Chris Valaika, everyone! Thank you so much for playing.
2011 A BABIP boost rendered Valaika’s Triple-A take two less disastrous than his rough cut from 2009, but the power he flashed in 2008 has evaporated at higher levels. Since he doesn’t walk, his offensive value hinges almost completely on his batting average, which has rarely reached impressive heights. Worse still, the righty’s long-foretold move from shortstop to second base finally came to pass in 2010, raising the offensive bar is high enough for Valaika to pass beneath while perched on Danny Herrera’s shoulders. If a late-night visit from the Ghost of Infields Yet to Come shows Valaika a vision of a futilityman future, he should consider himself lucky.
2010 A third-round pick in 2006, Valaika is a poor defensive shortstop who pancaked at Triple-A in 2009. That combination likely puts him at the back of the line at second base, which means he might not have much of a future in this organization. This could be a crucial year for him.
2009 Valaika, the Reds' minor leaguer of the year, is the prospect closest to being able to help with the club's shortstop mess. He's not considered a premium defender, and most think that if he makes it to the majors, he'll spend his time on the other side of the keystone. Valaika's offense is dependent on his batting average and his ability to rifle the ball to all fields, although there is a growing sense that the bit of power he's shown in the minors might be for real.
2008 A 2006 third-round pick, Valaika hit well enough in the Midwest League, but his bat balked when he was promoted to High-A Sarasota. That's understandable for someone in his second pro season, but Valaika will play 2008 as an "old" 22-year-old. He was moved across the keystone to play second base in Hawaii this winter, which could mark the beginning of the end of his career at short.
2007 Chris Valaika is a 2006 third-rounder picked out of UCSB; he`s a scrapper with solid fundamentals, but he`s not likely to stick at short, making his bat the tool that will have to shine.

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessInterleague Report: Week 25Jeff Quinton2014-09-15
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Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 1, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-01
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 1, 2013Joe Hamrahi2013-04-01
Daily Roundup: Around the League: March 31, 2013Clint Chisam2013-03-31
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Transaction Analysis: Opportunity KnocksBen Lindbergh2011-05-03
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Future Shock: Cincinnati Reds Top 11 ProspectsKevin Goldstein2011-02-07
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Minor Issues: Glitz and Glamour, with Chris ValaikaDavid Laurila2010-07-08
Prospectus Q&A: Terry ReynoldsDavid Laurila2010-01-26
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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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