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Wladimir Balentien

29-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 218   DOB: 7/2/1984   BORN: Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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In December of 2012, Balentien signed a four-year, $7.5 million contract extension with the Yakult Swallows.

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Balentien hit two home runs Sunday (his 56th and 57th) to break the single-season Japanese home run record, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Wladimir Balentien Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 19 A Inl 10 42 38 5 11 3 1 0 2 5 1 0 4 10 0 0 0 .289 .357 .474 .831
2004 19 A Wis 76 279 260 39 72 30 12 3 15 46 10 2 12 77 3 1 3 .277 .315 .519 .834
2005 20 A Inl 123 525 492 76 143 71 38 8 25 93 9 2 33 160 0 0 0 .291 .338 .553 .891
2006 21 AA SAN 121 522 444 76 102 46 23 1 22 82 14 7 70 140 0 4 4 .230 .337 .435 .772
2007 22 AAA TAC 124 544 477 77 139 52 24 4 24 84 15 4 54 105 2 8 3 .291 .362 .509 .871
2007 22 MAJ SEA 3 4 3 1 2 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667 .500 2.000 2.500
2008 23 AAA TAC 62 275 233 49 62 38 20 0 18 55 3 4 32 49 1 6 3 .266 .354 .584 .938
2008 23 MAJ SEA 71 260 243 23 49 20 13 0 7 24 0 1 16 79 0 1 0 .202 .250 .342 .592
2009 24 MAJ SEA 56 170 155 18 33 14 10 0 4 13 1 0 13 43 0 2 0 .213 .271 .355 .625
2009 24 MAJ CIN 40 125 110 12 29 11 7 1 3 11 1 1 15 27 0 0 0 .264 .352 .427 .779
2009  (Multiple Teams) 24 MAJ SEA/CIN 96 295 265 30 62 25 17 1 7 24 2 1 28 70 0 2 0 .234 .305 .385 .690
2010 25 AAA Lou 116 452 401 71 113 50 23 2 25 78 12 1 37 85 1 11 2 .282 .337 .536 .873
Career  (View All) MAJ   170 559 511 54 113 47 31 1 15 52 2 2 44 149 0 4 0 .221 .281 .374 .655

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Wladimir Balentien: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2009 83 61 22 3

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Wladimir Balentien Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

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Wladimir Balentien Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 19 A Inl 42 38 9.5% 23.8% 0.40 74% .346 .185
2004 19 A Wis 279 260 4.3% 27.6% 0.16 70% .339 .242
2005 20 A Inl 525 492 6.3% 30.5% 0.21 67% .384 .262
2006 21 AA SAN 522 444 13.4% 26.8% 0.50 68% .284 .205
2007 22 AAA TAC 544 477 9.9% 19.3% 0.51 78% .330 .218
2007 22 MAJ SEA 4 3 0% 0% 0.00 100% .500 1.333
2008 23 AAA TAC 275 233 11.6% 17.8% 0.65 79% .265 .318
2008 23 MAJ SEA 260 243 6.2% 30.4% 0.20 67% .268 .140
2009 24 MAJ SEA 170 155 7.6% 25.3% 0.30 72% .269 .142
2009 24 MAJ CIN 125 110 12% 21.6% 0.56 75% .325 .163
2009  (Multiple Teams) 24 MAJ SEA/CIN 295 265 9.5% 23.7% 0.40 74% .293 .151
2010 25 AAA Lou 452 401 8.2% 18.8% 0.44 79% .302 .254
Career MAJ   559 511 7.9% 26.7% 0.30 71% .282 .153

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Best Matchups for Wladimir Balentien (by OPS, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Luis Ayala BAL 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.500 2.500
Cliff Lee PHI 3 2 1 3 0 0 0 .667 1.667 2.333
Wilton Lopez COL 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Jason Hammel CHI-N 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 .667 1.000 1.750
Joaquin Benoit SD 3 1 1 2 0 2 0 .333 1.333 1.667
Mark Buehrle TOR 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 .500 1.000 1.667
James Shields KC 6 3 1 2 0 1 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Jesse Chavez OAK 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 1.000 1.500
C.J. Wilson ANA 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Josh Outman CLE 5 2 0 0 2 1 0 .400 .800 1.371

Worst Matchups for Wladimir Balentien (by OPS, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jamey Wright LA 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Heath Bell TB 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
David Hernandez AZ 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Capps CLE 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Javier Lopez SF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Clayton Kershaw LA 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
John Lackey BOS 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Daisuke Matsuzaka NY-N 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Darren O'Day BAL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Nate Robertson DET 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Wladimir Balentien: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Balentien signed a four-year, $7.5 million contract extension with the Yakult Swallows, the Kyodo news service reports.

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Balentien is expected to get an offer to remain with Yakult for 2012, Nikkan Sports reports.

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Balentien got off to a blistering start in Japan. He's cooled off some, but he's still hitting .312/.401/.659 with 16 homers and 30 RBI.

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Balentien has signed with the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Baseball League, NPB Tracker's Patrick Newman reports.

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Despite not being on the 40-man roster, Balentien may find his way up to Cincinnati this month, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Balentien is hitting .397 with 10 homers in 34 games since the All-Star break for Triple-A Louisville, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Balentien has cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Louisville, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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The Reds designated Balentien for assignment on Monday, C. Trent Rosecrans of CNati.com reports.

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Balentien has failed to make the Reds' roster and the team will try to trade him, MLB.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for Wladimir Balentien.

2010

Balentien was looked at as a failed prospect in Seattle, and certainly his numbers there were awful. But arguably his irregular use there, a cumulative low sample size and a sprained ring finger that he played through while there in 2009 serve to mitigate his disappointing performance. Of course, his playing time in Cincinnati was also sporadic, as the Reds were sorting (and still are) through numerous left-field candidates. Nonetheless, his walk rate spiked back up to his minor league levels while with the Reds. He'll have to start fast to hold off prospect Chris Heisey. The Reds re-signing Jonny Gomes really hurt his chances of starting.

2009

Balentien's promotion to the big league club last season proved what most feared: he can crush a fastball but is easily fooled by breaking pitches. Balentien struck out 79 times in 71 games in two stints in Seattle, drawing just 16 walks. He had 20 extra-base hits in that time, but his plate discipline continues to be an issue, and where he fits in the plans of the new front-office regime remains to be seen. Left field is open with Raul Ibanez out of the picture, but Balentien needs to hit to stay in the lineup, assuming the Mariners don't go another route altogether in the offseason.

2008

Seattle's best prospect outside of Adam Jones, Balentien was named the Pacific Coast League rookie of the year last season after hitting .291 with 24 homers, 24 doubles and 84 RBI. He cut his strikeout rate from one in every 3.1 at-bats the previous two years to one every 4.5 at-bats last year. In his last three minor league seasons, Balentien averaged 28 doubles and 24 homers. Although a late-season callup netted him just three pinch-hit at-bats, he homered and doubled, driving in four runs. With Jones already slated for right field in 2008, general manager Bill Bavasi said he doesn't want to start the season with two youngsters in the outfield, which means Balentien is headed for Triple-A again. That's even if he's in the organization come April. The Mariners are in serious need of starting pitching, and Balentien is a prime trade chip.

2007

No one doubts Balentien's muscle. He has some of the best raw power in the minors, hitting 22 homers and 23 doubles in 2006 to give him 47 homers and 61 doubles in the last two years. But he still has a problem with contact. After one strikeout every 3.0 AB at high-A Inland Empire in 2005, he whiffed once every 3.1 AB at Double-A San Antonio in 2006. Balentien shortened his swing to improve his contact rate, but it didn't seem to help as his average dropped to .230 last season. His batting eye improved, though, which is an encouraging sign. Balentien is only 22, so he still has time to figure it out as one of the organization's top 10 prospects.

2006

Balentien has exceptional raw power (25 HR, .553 SLG at High-A Inland Empire), but his "swing from the heels" approach to hitting still worries scouts. His K-rate remains very high (160 strikeouts in 123 games last season), and doubts remain about his ability to handle breaking pitches and changeups against better pitchers. He kills fastballs, but still struggles against other stuff. Double-A will be the true test of his prospect status in 2006.

2005

Balentien is the top power prospect in the Mariners system. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts, though, since he averages a strikeout every 3.3 at-bats. He's a player to keep an eye on as he works his way up the organizational ladder, but don't expect him in Seattle anytime soon.