31-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
There was no outlook written for Merkin Valdez in 2014. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Merkin Valdez Contract Information:
Agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers in July of 2011.
Valdez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock and subsequently refused the assignment.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Merkin Valdez.
Previously viewed as a talented prospect who was highly injury-prone, Valdez was mostly durable in 2009, yet was ineffective while healthy. Valdez's ERA (5.66), WHIP (1.723) and K/BB ratio (1.36) were all ugly, and there's no reason the Giants should guarantee a spot in the team's bullpen for him this season. He was sold to the Jays in January, where he faces a crowded bullpen to win one spot.
Pitching in the big leagues for the first time since 2004, Valdez tallied a 1.69 ERA with a strong strikeout rate last year. Unfortunately, it was short-lived, as he once again dealt with injuries that essentially ruined an otherwise promising season. Surgery was never required and doctors didnít find anything seriously wrong with Valdez's elbow. He should compete for a bullpen role during spring training.
Valdez, once a top pitching prospect who has endured injuries throughout his career, missed the 2007 season after undergoing Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow. Valdez struggled mightily for Triple-A Fresno last year before the surgery, likely due to the fact he was pitching with a damaged elbow. Heís still just 25, but thereís no doubt his future is uncertain at this point.
Will miss the 2007 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Rushed up in '04, the Giants smartly let Valdez play out '05 at Norwich, where he continued to be impressive. An elbow strain at the end of the year provided a scare, but no scar, so Valdez enters the spring as the Giants' second-best pitching prospect. There's still a chance he ends up in the bullpen, where he'd have serious closer potential. Matt Cain has passed him, so you might be able to pick him up cheaply.
After starting the 2004 season in Double-A Norwich, Valdez got a call-up in July when Jerome Williams suffered an injury. He's one of the more promising pitchers in the Giants system and will likely be called up again to join the bullpen during 2005, although he's another year away from being fantasy worthy.
Observers in the Arizona Fall League couldn't say enough about Valdez. Not bad for a guy who made just four appearances and threw 5 1/3 innings. Valdez throws heat in the high 90s and was arguably the best pitcher in the Sally League last year. His fastball will get him to the majors quickly, although not in time to help you this year. He will probably reach the Giants as a reliever in 2005.
Valdez, originally known as Manuel Mateo, came over to the Giants from Atlanta in the Russ Ortiz-Damian Moss deal. He had strong numbers in rookie ball last season (1.98 ERA with a 76/12 K/BB ratio), but at 20, he was a bit old for his league in 2002. Even so, he's one to watch this year when he advances to Class A.