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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
1 20 1 2 0 13 7.65 -0.1
Birth Date3-17-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight200 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2010 ARI 25 9 2 20.0 9.0 11.0 1 2 0 0 0 0 97 29 19 17 2 41 10 8 1 13 7.65 4.76 4.91 -0.8 -0.1
Career9220.09.011.0120000972919172411081137.654.764.91-0.8-0.1

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2006 YAK A- 16 16 97.1 4.10 104 .261 .253 .329 .377 .271 .310 96 11.2 1.2 11.2 1.2
2007 SBN A 25 25 148.0 4.92 88 .226 .254 .323 .376 .260 .270 97 1.6 0.2 1.6 0.2
2008 VIS A+ 15 15 96.0 3.92 122 .228 .279 .348 .428 .278 .290 105 22.2 2.2 22.2 2.2
2008 MOB AA 12 12 64.3 3.69 122 .240 .266 .349 .399 .257 .333 102 13.7 1.4 13.2 1.3
2009 RNO AAA 19 18 96.0 6.49 74 .275 .277 .345 .429 .276 .282 110 0.7 0.1 -0.3 0.0
2009 SUR Wnt 9 0 12.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .390 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 ARI MLB 9 2 20.0 4.91 81 .322 .252 .318 .399 .262 .380 94 -0.4 -0.0 -0.8 -0.1
2010 RNO AAA 20 18 97.7 6.46 79 .261 .276 .347 .432 .269 .340 107 4.5 0.4 6.8 0.7
2010 LIC Wnt 5 5 26.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .258 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 IND AAA 34 0 42.0 5.27 76 .240 .261 .329 .398 .254 .274 95 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2011 NWO AAA 8 0 10.7 9.89 28 .287 .288 .351 .460 .264 .308 101 -2.1 -0.2 -2.1 -0.2
2011 ZUL Wnt 4 2 17.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .178 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 LIC Wnt 5 0 8.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .238 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 ZUL Wnt 1 0 3.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .167 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2006 YAK A- 7 5 0 16 16 97.1 97 20 81 5 56% .310 9.0 1.9 0.5 7.5 1.20 3.15 11.2 1.2
2007 SBN A 7 10 0 25 25 148.0 130 32 106 11 59% .270 7.9 1.9 0.7 6.4 1.09 3.41 1.6 0.2
2008 MOB AA 3 5 0 12 12 64.3 63 23 60 2 56% .333 8.8 3.2 0.3 8.4 1.34 4.06 13.2 1.3
2008 VIS A+ 10 3 0 15 15 96.0 88 16 80 5 55% .290 8.2 1.5 0.5 7.5 1.08 2.53 22.2 2.2
2009 RNO AAA 7 6 0 19 18 96.0 103 30 60 16 49% .282 9.7 2.8 1.5 5.6 1.39 4.78 -0.3 0.0
2009 SUR Wnt 0 1 0 9 0 12.0 19 6 12 3 0% .390 14.2 4.5 2.2 9.0 2.08 10.50 0.0 0.0
2010 RNO AAA 6 10 0 20 18 97.7 110 49 92 12 54% .340 10.1 4.5 1.1 8.5 1.63 5.90 6.8 0.7
2010 LIC Wnt 2 1 0 5 5 26.0 23 5 11 0 0% .258 8.0 1.7 0.0 3.8 1.08 2.77 0.0 0.0
2010 ARI MLB 1 2 0 9 2 20.0 29 10 13 2 58% .380 13.1 4.5 0.9 5.8 1.95 7.65 -0.8 -0.1
2011 ZUL Wnt 1 1 0 4 2 17.7 10 1 15 2 0% .178 5.1 0.5 1.0 7.6 0.62 2.04 0.0 0.0
2011 IND AAA 1 1 5 34 0 42.0 36 17 36 2 53% .274 7.7 3.6 0.4 7.7 1.26 3.86 -0.6 -0.1
2011 NWO AAA 0 1 0 8 0 10.7 13 3 13 5 42% .308 11.0 2.5 4.2 11.0 1.50 7.59 -2.1 -0.2
2012 LIC Wnt 0 0 0 5 0 8.0 7 0 9 2 0% .238 7.9 0.0 2.2 10.1 0.88 3.38 0.0 0.0
2012 ZUL Wnt 0 0 0 1 0 3.0 1 2 3 0 0% .167 3.0 6.0 0.0 9.0 1.00 0.00 0.0 0.0

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 358 0.5084 0.4693 0.7560 0.6099 0.3239 0.8198 0.6316 0.2440
Career3580.50840.46930.7560.60990.32390.81980.63160.244

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-07-10 2009-08-20 Minors 41 0 Right Upper Arm Inflammation Triceps Tendinitis -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 FLO $
2010 ARI $
2009 ARI $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$400,000
1 yrTotal$400,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 45 d2011

Details
  • 1 year (2011). Acquired by Florida in trade from Pittsburgh 7/5/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Arizona 3/11/10. DFA by Arizona 9/13/10, sent outright to Triple-A 9/16/10. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from Arizona 12/9/10 (PTBN in 11/24/10 Zach Duke deal).
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Contract purchased by Arizona 11/20/08. Re-signed 3/3/09.
  • Signed 2005 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic.

2014 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

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

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
0.30.2out of baseball02.8out of baseball3.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 94 Ramon A. Ramirez 2012 0.00 DNP
2 90 Zach Jackson 2012 0.00 DNP
3 89 Brian Slocum 2010 0.00 DNP
4 88 Robert Ray 2013 0.00 DNP
5 88 Daniel Davidson 2010 0.00 DNP
6 88 Eric Stults 2009 4.86
7 87 Matt Buschmann 2013 0.00 DNP
8 87 Ryan Ketchner 2011 0.00 DNP
9 87 Heath Phillips 2011 0.00 DNP
10 87 Billy Buckner 2013 4.67
11 87 Bill Murphy 2010 0.00 DNP
12 87 Enrique Gonzalez 2012 0.00 DNP
13 86 Eric Hacker 2012 5.59
14 86 Hector Ambriz 2013 6.94
15 86 Jack Egbert 2012 0.00
16 86 Brian Baker 2012 0.00 DNP
17 86 Scot Drucker 2011 0.00 DNP
18 86 Jeremy Johnson 2012 0.00 DNP
19 86 Mike Gosling 2010 0.00 DNP
20 85 Jim Paduch 2012 0.00 DNP
21 85 Jack Cassel 2010 0.00 DNP
22 85 Anastacio Martinez 2008 0.00 DNP
23 85 Buddy Carlyle 2007 5.64
24 85 Andy Van Hekken 2009 0.00 DNP
25 85 Chris Smith 2010 5.40
26 85 Matt Wright 2011 0.00 DNP
27 84 Scott Richmond 2009 5.84
28 84 Zack Segovia 2012 0.00 DNP
29 84 Kyle Denney 2007 0.00 DNP
30 84 Matt Maloney 2013 0.00 DNP
31 84 Esmailin Caridad 2013 0.00 DNP
32 84 Romulo Sanchez 2013 0.00 DNP
33 84 Kei Igawa 2009 0.00 DNP
34 84 Steve Watkins 2008 0.00 DNP
35 84 Mike Ballard 2013 0.00 DNP
36 84 Colby Lewis 2009 0.00 DNP
37 84 Brent Leach 2012 0.00 DNP
38 83 Dirk Hayhurst 2010 0.00 DNP
39 83 John Ennis 2009 0.00 DNP
40 83 Matt Childers 2008 0.00 DNP
41 83 Thomas Diamond 2012 0.00 DNP
42 83 Eric Cyr 2008 0.00 DNP
43 83 Jarrett Grube 2011 0.00 DNP
44 83 Jose Lugo 2013 0.00 DNP
45 83 Mike Parisi 2012 0.00 DNP
46 83 Justin Hampson 2009 0.00 DNP
47 83 Casey Daigle 2010 11.32
48 83 Ronald Bay 2013 0.00 DNP
49 83 Dan Meyer 2011 0.00 DNP
50 83 Steven Jackson 2011 0.00 DNP
51 83 Ben Jukich 2012 0.00 DNP
52 82 Mike Hinckley 2012 0.00 DNP
53 82 Mario Ramos 2007 0.00 DNP
54 82 Matt Yourkin 2011 0.00 DNP
55 82 J.D. Durbin 2011 0.00 DNP
56 82 Fernando Rodriguez 2013 0.00 DNP
57 82 Matt Palmer 2008 9.24
58 82 Wilton Chavez 2007 0.00 DNP
59 82 Andrew Dobies 2012 0.00 DNP
60 82 Josh Banks 2012 0.00 DNP
61 82 Chris Seddon 2013 0.00 DNP
62 82 Pedro Viola 2012 0.00 DNP
63 82 J.D. Martin 2012 0.00 DNP
64 82 Dewon Day 2010 0.00 DNP
65 82 Mike Burns 2008 0.00 DNP
66 82 Rocky Cherry 2009 0.00 DNP
67 82 Everett Teaford 2013 0.00
68 81 Greg Burke 2012 0.00 DNP
69 81 Anthony Lerew 2012 0.00 DNP
70 81 Adalberto Mendez 2011 0.00 DNP
71 81 Fernando Nieve 2012 0.00 DNP
72 81 Andrew Kown 2012 0.00 DNP
73 81 Jorge De Paula 2008 0.00 DNP
74 81 Joe Martinez 2012 9.00
75 81 Tom Cochran 2012 0.00 DNP
76 81 Andrew Baldwin 2012 0.00 DNP
77 81 David Austen 2010 0.00 DNP
78 81 Chad Reineke 2011 8.10
79 81 Andrew Sisco 2012 0.00 DNP
80 81 T.J. Beam 2010 0.00 DNP
81 81 John Webb 2008 0.00 DNP
82 81 Blake Hawksworth 2012 0.00 DNP
83 80 Billy Traber 2009 14.73
84 80 Jared Wells 2011 0.00 DNP
85 80 Michael O'Connor 2010 0.00 DNP
86 80 Travis Phelps 2007 0.00 DNP
87 80 Oneli Perez 2012 0.00 DNP
88 80 Fu-Te Ni 2012 0.00 DNP
89 80 Francisley Bueno 2010 0.00 DNP
90 80 Joe Bisenius 2012 0.00 DNP
91 80 Yohan Pino 2013 0.00 DNP
92 80 Alan Johnson 2013 0.00 DNP
93 80 Juan Cedeno 2013 0.00 DNP
94 80 Travis Hughes 2007 0.00 DNP
95 80 Ben Howard 2008 0.00 DNP
96 80 Josh Muecke 2011 0.00 DNP
97 80 Steven Shell 2012 0.00 DNP
98 80 Erik Arnesen 2013 0.00 DNP
99 79 Kurt Birkins 2010 0.00 DNP
100 79 Cristhian Martinez 2011 3.48

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Valdez experienced success in spite of throwing a mediocre heater, due to the difficulty younger hitters had in timing his off-speed pitches. As he progressed through the system, hitters responded more adeptly to his slurve and changeup, and the results predictably suffered. Even more concerning was his sudden loss of control, as a pitcher without a plus fastball will struggle to survive if he can't spot his offerings. Valdez could compete for a rotation spot in spring training, but could end up as a long reliever or swingman.
2010 Valdez succeeds with a modest sinker thanks to his plus changeup and abilities to control the strike zone and induce grounders. Many wondered how his strikeout-to-walk ratio would fare at Triple-A in 2009, given that the jump from High-A to Double-A in 2008 led to a reduction of the same rate from 5.0 to 2.6. Sure enough, he proved a bit too hittable last season, experiencing a severe drop in strikeouts per nine innings from 8.4 to 5.6 and a decline in his ground-ball rate for the third consecutive season. He projects as a back-end rotation starter or long reliever, but he will need to recoup some of the whiffs and worm-beaters for even that modest projection to come to fruition.
2009 Valdez was never an especially bright blip on anyone's prospect radar, but Arizona keeps moving him up, and he keeps getting batters out, so the ranks of his naysayers are dwindling. He has a pretty good sinker, a decent curve, and two plus changeups—one a classic change, and one that's more of a harder pitch that acts as a splitter. That combination is brought up by his excellent control, and if everything works out, he could be in the back end of the rotation by 2010.

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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Cesar Valdez threw 449 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2010, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2010, he relied primarily on his Sinker (88mph) and Fourseam Fastball (88mph), also mixing in a Slider (83mph). He also rarely threw a Change (86mph).