Pat Valaika
Pat Valaika
26-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Colorado Rockies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Valaika landed a spot in the big leagues to start the season, but with Trevor Story and DJ LeMahieu locking down Colorado's starting middle-infield spots, Valaika was limited to a bench role and got off to a horrendous start at the plate, producing a .359 OPS over the first two months of the season. As a result, the Rockies bounced him between Triple-A and the majors the rest of the year. He wasn't even able to find a rhythm in the minors, batting .216 in 139 at-bats. Overall, it was a disappointing season for Valaika, and his prospects don't look better for 2019. LeMahieu's departure creates an opening at second base, though Garrett Hampson will get the first chance to fill that void, barring a free-agent signing. Either way, Valaika needs to bounce back in a big way this spring just to ensure he wins a spot as a big-league reserve. Read Past Outlooks
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Brought back to big leagues
2BColorado Rockies
June 18, 2019
Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Coors Field turns many players into interesting fantasy options, but not Valaika, who owns a career .207/.249/.395 slash line in 208 big-league games. Mike Dunn was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+60%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+48%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .683 179 19 8 19 0 .205 .273 .410
Since 2017vs Right .566 194 20 7 26 0 .191 .216 .350
2019vs Left .174 23 1 0 0 0 .000 .174 .000
2019vs Right .279 22 2 0 0 0 .095 .136 .143
2018vs Left .539 73 4 2 3 0 .167 .236 .303
2018vs Right .365 60 4 0 2 0 .143 .186 .179
2017vs Left .939 83 14 6 16 0 .289 .333 .605
2017vs Right .729 112 14 7 24 0 .236 .248 .481
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+54%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+687%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .763 170 23 10 35 0 .236 .272 .491
Since 2017Away .497 203 16 5 10 0 .164 .218 .279
2019Home .543 16 3 0 0 0 .154 .313 .231
2019Away .069 29 0 0 0 0 .000 .069 .000
2018Home .477 53 3 1 4 0 .173 .189 .288
2018Away .445 80 5 1 1 0 .143 .231 .214
2017Home .945 101 17 9 31 0 .281 .310 .635
2017Away .674 94 11 4 9 0 .233 .256 .419
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Stat Review
How does Pat Valaika compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.25
 
BB Rate
11.1%
 
K Rate
44.4%
 
BABIP
.100
 
ISO
.025
 
AVG
.050
 
OBP
.156
 
SLG
.075
 
OPS
.231
 
wOBA
.125
 
Exit Velocity
85.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
A lot of things went right for "Patty Barrels" in 2017. He bashed 13 home runs in just 195 plate appearances (nine of which came at home). He posted a solid .817 OPS and a surprisingly-high .275 ISO. Those numbers should be taken with the appropriate grain of salt, however, seeing as he played half of his games in Coors Field and had a 20.3 percent HR/FB. His plate discipline (3.6 percent walk rate) and contact skills (27.2 percent strikeout rate) were lacking. The big question surrounding Valaika is how much he'll actually get to play. There's no direct line to regular at-bats unless there is an injury or unless Trevor Story falls on his face again. Prospects Brendan Rodgers and Ryan McMahon are knocking on the door of the majors, further clouding the infield playing-time picture.
Valaika began the year at Double-A Hartford and broke out at the plate, bashing 49 extra-base hits (including 13 home runs) to go with a .269/.314/.450 slash line. This success helped the 24-year-old garner a promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque, although his performance was middling at best at that level. Despite this, injuries at the major league level and an emphasis on evaluating younger talent helped Valaika get his first taste of big league action via a September callup. He was very limited in his opportunities, but he made the most of his at-bats, going 5-for-19 with a home run and a double. Although he moved quickly this season, the infielder's success will be tough to sustain, as he walked less than six percent of the time across all levels this season while posting strikeout rates north of 20 percent. Valaika's sound defense and versatility could land him a utility job at the major league level in the future, but his low prospect status and high propensity to strike out will likely keep him irrelevant in fantasy terms.
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Sent to minors
2BColorado Rockies
May 17, 2019
Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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Called up by Colorado
2BColorado Rockies
May 14, 2019
Valaika was recalled by the Rockies on Tuesday.
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Sent to Triple-A
2BColorado Rockies
April 23, 2019
Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque ahead of Tuesday's game against Washington, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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In Tuesday's lineup
2BColorado Rockies
April 16, 2019
Valaika is starting at second base and hitting seventh against the Padres on Tuesday.
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Summoned to majors
2BColorado Rockies
April 1, 2019
Valaika was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday.
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