Pat Valaika
Pat Valaika
26-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Colorado Rockies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Handed September roster spot
SSColorado Rockies
September 1, 2018
The Rockies recalled Valaika from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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The versatile veteran will hold down a backup role at every infield spot and possibly left field and might see a handful of starts against lefty pitching before the end of the season, but Valaika (.150/.213/.239 in 124 plate appearances with the Rockies) is unlikely to offer fantasy value for mixed-league players.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+48%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .751 163 18 8 19 0 .235 .288 .463
Since 2016vs Right .613 184 21 8 28 0 .207 .228 .385
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
2016vs Left .714 7 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .429
2016vs Right .750 12 3 1 2 0 .250 .250 .500
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+567%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .745 164 22 10 36 0 .234 .258 .487
Since 2016Away .612 183 17 6 11 0 .206 .254 .358
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
2016Home .200 10 2 0 1 0 .100 .100 .100
2016Away 1.333 9 1 1 1 0 .444 .444 .889
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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.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
22.6%
 
BABIP
.189
 
ISO
.090
 
AVG
.156
 
OBP
.214
 
SLG
.246
 
OPS
.460
 
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
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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Banished to minors
SSColorado Rockies
August 18, 2018
Valaika was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports.
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Goes deep for second time
SSColorado Rockies
July 28, 2018
Valaika went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBI on Saturday against the Athletics.
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Late addition to lineup
SSColorado Rockies
July 14, 2018
Valaika will start Saturday against Seattle in place of the injured D.J. LeMahieu (back).
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Picking up spare start
SSColorado Rockies
July 7, 2018
Valaika will be starting at shortstop Saturday in place of Trevor Story, who was scratched with a bruised foot, Nick Groke of The Athletic Denver reports.
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Recalled from minors
SSColorado Rockies
June 23, 2018
Valaika was called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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