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Chris Valaika

30-Year-Old Second Baseman – Chicago Cubs

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Valaika played all four infield positions for the Cubs in 2014, but he'll only qualify at first base in most leagues this year. He only has 248 at-bats total in parts of four seasons in the majors, an...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 207   DOB: 8/14/1985   BORN: Santa Monica, CA   COLLEGE: UC-Santa Barbara   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a minor league deal with the Cubs in January of 2015.

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Valaika was reassigned to minor league camp Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Chris Valaika 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
2007 21 A SAR 57 230 217 26 55 12 9 1 2 23 0 3 13 42 0 0 0 .253 .310 .332 .642
2007 21 A DAY 79 317 300 38 92 33 20 3 10 56 1 4 17 72 0 0 0 .307 .353 .493 .846
2008 22 A SAR 32 144 135 20 49 16 9 0 7 31 2 0 7 28 0 2 0 .363 .393 .585 .978
2008 22 AA CHA 97 417 379 58 114 31 19 1 11 50 7 4 28 74 5 2 3 .301 .352 .443 .795
2009 23 AAA LOU 94 388 362 32 86 27 20 1 6 36 1 0 16 75 1 5 4 .238 .274 .348 .622
2010 24 AAA LOU 118 459 424 49 129 34 28 2 4 53 3 3 19 72 4 10 2 .304 .330 .408 .738
2010 24 MAJ CIN 19 40 38 3 10 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 9 1 0 0 .263 .282 .368 .650
2011 25 AAA LOU 109 453 417 39 109 25 18 0 7 37 1 0 21 65 3 6 6 .261 .302 .355 .657
2011 25 MAJ CIN 14 27 25 3 7 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 .280 .333 .400 .733
2012 26 R GOO 3 11 10 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .100 .182 .400 .582
2012 26 AAA LOU 85 316 291 30 65 22 14 2 6 29 2 3 15 63 2 4 4 .223 .268 .347 .615
2013 27 A+ JUP 11 43 40 3 8 2 1 0 1 4 0 1 2 6 0 0 1 .200 .256 .300 .556
2013 27 AAA NEW 37 143 130 17 32 9 6 0 3 11 1 1 10 25 0 1 2 .246 .308 .362 .670
2013 27 MAJ MIA 22 70 64 4 14 6 5 0 1 9 0 0 3 16 1 1 1 .219 .261 .344 .605
2014 28 AAA IOW 102 397 352 43 98 31 21 0 10 50 2 1 31 76 2 5 7 .278 .344 .423 .767
2014 28 MAJ CHC 44 131 121 10 28 7 4 0 3 13 1 0 7 35 0 1 2 .231 .282 .339 .621
2015 29 AAA IOW 97 335 299 31 80 27 21 0 6 35 1 2 23 70 4 4 5 .268 .326 .398 .724
3-Year Averages     33 99 92 7 21 6 4 0 2 11 0 0 5 25 0 1 1 .228 .273 .337 .610
Career  (View All)     99 268 248 20 59 17 11 1 5 24 1 0 13 63 2 2 3 .238 .282 .351 .633

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position

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Chris Valaika Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Aug. 27 @SF Did not play.
Aug. 26 @SF Did not play.
Aug. 25 @SF Did not play.
Aug. 24 Cle Did not play.
Aug. 23 Atl Did not play.
Aug. 22 Atl Did not play.
Aug. 21 Atl Did not play.
Aug. 20 Atl Did not play.
Aug. 19 Det Did not play.
Aug. 18 Det Did not play.
Aug. 16 @CWS Did not play.
Aug. 15 @CWS Did not play.
Aug. 14 @CWS Did not play.
Aug. 13 Mil Did not play.
Aug. 12 Mil Did not play.
Aug. 11 Mil Did not play.
Aug. 9 SF Did not play.
Aug. 8 SF Did not play.
Aug. 7 SF Did not play.
Aug. 6 SF Did not play.
Aug. 5 @Pit Did not play.
Aug. 4 @Pit Did not play.
Aug. 3 @Pit Did not play.
Aug. 2 @Mil Did not play.
Aug. 1 @Mil Did not play.
Jul. 31 @Mil Did not play.
Jul. 30 @Mil Did not play.
Jul. 29 Col Did not play.
Jul. 28 Col Did not play.
Jul. 27 Col Did not play.
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

Chris Valaika: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 15 12 8 2
2013 3 6 5 6
2011 1 4 2
2010 13 1

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Chris Valaika: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 22 31 11 29

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Chris Valaika Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014381030.263.316.591
2013254120.280.520.828

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20148393101.217.349.635
2013390070.179.231.463

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20145942111.271.424.752
2013301040.200.333.552

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014626120.194.258.497
2013343150.235.353.650
Chris Valaika Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 21 A SAR 230 217 5.7% 18.3% 0.31 81% .306 .079
2007 21 A DAY 317 300 5.4% 22.7% 0.24 76% .376 .186
2008 22 A SAR 144 135 4.9% 19.4% 0.25 79% .420 .222
2008 22 AA CHA 417 379 6.7% 17.7% 0.38 80% .350 .142
2009 23 AAA LOU 388 362 4.1% 19.3% 0.21 79% .285 .110
2010 24 AAA LOU 459 424 4.1% 15.7% 0.26 83% .359 .104
2010 24 MAJ CIN 40 38 2.5% 22.5% 0.11 76% .321 .105
2011 25 AAA LOU 453 417 4.6% 14.3% 0.32 84% .296 .094
2011 25 MAJ CIN 27 25 7.4% 11.1% 0.67 88% .318 .120
2012 26 R GOO 11 10 9.1% 0% 0.00 100% .000 .300
2012 26 AAA LOU 316 291 4.7% 19.9% 0.24 78% .266 .124
2013 27 A+ JUP 43 40 4.7% 14% 0.33 85% .212 .100
2013 27 AAA NEW 143 130 7% 17.5% 0.40 81% .284 .116
2013 27 MAJ MIA 70 64 4.3% 22.9% 0.19 75% .277 .125
2014 28 AAA IOW 397 352 7.8% 19.1% 0.41 78% .331 .145
2014 28 MAJ CHC 131 121 5.3% 26.7% 0.20 71% .301 .108
2015 29 AAA IOW 335 299 6.9% 20.9% 0.33 77% .332 .130
3-Year Averages     99 92 5.1% 25.3% 0.20 73% .292 .109
Career     268 248 4.9% 23.5% 0.21 75% .300 .113

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▲ Basic Stats      ▲ Split Stats      ▲ Games By Position

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Chris Valaika: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Valaika was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Valaika is out of the lineup Monday against the Cardinals.

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Valaika is out of the lineup Sunday against the Pirates.

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Valaika went 2-for-3 with a walk and a two-run homer against the Brewers on Wednesday.

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Valaika will try his hand at catching, the Cubs' official site reports.

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Valaika was assigned to minor league camp Saturday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Valaika signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Sunday, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports.

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Valaika cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

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Valaika (wrist) was removed from the 60-day DL and designated for assignment Tuesday, the Palm Beach Post's Joe Capozzi reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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2012

Valaika is coming off of three consecutive mediocre Triple-A seasons at the plate and is now recovering from a torn ACL. It's unlikely that he'll project to be anything more than a utility player at the major league level, and it might even be a stretch to see him succeed at that.

2011

Valaika has a better bat than fellow Reds infield prospect Zach Cozart, but he's just not strong enough defensively to stick at shortstop. The Reds came to this conclusion in 2010, moving him to second base to make room for Cozart at Triple-A Louisville. Unfortunately, Valaika's bat wasn't strong enough there to imbue much confidence in his ability to hit at the next level. He looks to have a career as a utility infielder at the major league level, if that.

2010

Valaika was considered a lukewarm shortstop prospect because of his lack of range, but it was his bat that let him down in 2009, punctuated by a broken right hand in May that affected him even after he returned. He's on the 40-man roster now and could get a shot if/when Paul Janish falters, but first he'll have to re-establish his hitting bona fides at Louisville.

2009

Valaika would be a higher profile prospect if he had a little bit more range defensively. As it stands, the consensus is that he won't be able to handle shortstop defensively in the majors, making third base a more likely destination. Unfortunately, he probably isn't going to hit for enough power to be an exceptional third baseman. In that vein, he's similar to fellow Reds prospect Todd Frazier, though Valaika is a better defender than Frazier, but Frazier hits with a little more power.

2008

After tearing up the Low-A Midwest League, Valaika's progress really halted once he hit High-A Sarasota. A big concern here is Valaika's strike-zone judgment, manifested in a combined 30:114 BB:K ratio at two levels last season. A college draftee in the third round in 2006, Valaika really needs to step it up at High-A next year to be considered a legit prospect.