Pat Valaika

Pat Valaika

31-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
 Free Agent  
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Pat Valaika in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Mariners in March of 2023. Traded to the Dodgers in July of 2023.
Traded to Dodgers
2BLos Angeles Dodgers  
July 4, 2023
The Dodgers acquired Valaika from the Mariners on Tuesday, Alex Freedman of the Oklahoma City Dodgers reports.
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Seattle is presumably getting cash considerations in return. Valaika has not appeared in a major-league game since 2021 and was slashing .240/.343/.405 with four home runs and one stolen base through 38 games this season with Triple-A Tacoma. He'll be stationed at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .557 113 9 2 11 0 .214 .265 .291
Since 2021vs Right .528 168 8 3 14 1 .192 .240 .288
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2021vs Left .557 113 9 2 11 0 .214 .265 .291
2021vs Right .528 168 8 3 14 1 .192 .240 .288
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+4%
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Since 2021Home .552 122 9 2 10 1 .205 .248 .304
Since 2021Away .530 159 8 3 15 0 .197 .252 .279
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2021Home .552 122 9 2 10 1 .205 .248 .304
2021Away .530 159 8 3 15 0 .197 .252 .279
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Ordinarily, hitters' numbers don't improve when they leave Coors Field, but that's just what happened to Valaika when he moved to the less hitter-friendly (albeit still quite hitter-friendly) confines of Camden Yards. It seemed smart to write Valaika off completely when he hit .214/.256/.400 (good for just a 55 wRC+) in parts of four seasons as a Rockie, but he made the most of his unexpected opportunities as an Oriole, starting 38 games and hitting .277/.315/.475, good for a 112 wRC+. While the sample was small, Statcast largely backs up his sudden breakout, giving him a .264 xBA and .463 xSLG. If this truly is Valaika's level going forward, he's quite a useful player, especially given his ability to play everything except catcher and center field. There's no guarantee about his role and no guarantee he won't slip back into previous form, but he's at least now worthy of consideration in deeper formats.
In theory, any hitter who calls Coors Field home should interest fantasy owners. Valaika tested the limits of that idea, hitting a combined .169/.230/.274 in 219 plate appearances over the last two seasons. You don't need his park-adjusted 19 wRC+ to know how bad that line is. Claimed by the Orioles in October, Valaika at least landed in another hitter-friendly home park, but a player who didn't work in Denver probably won't work in Baltimore. Any hope for Valaika in the upcoming season would have to rest on his strong numbers for Triple-A Albuquerque, where he hit .320/.364/.589 with 22 homers in 84 games. He could win a roster spot for a weak Orioles club and carve out some playing time if those numbers really do represent a new skill level. Anyone betting on that would have to willfully ignore his big-league track record to date, however, which isn't generally how fantasy leagues are won.
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.
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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Inks minors deal
2BSeattle Mariners  
April 3, 2023
Valaika signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners on March 25.
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Signs with Atlanta
2BAtlanta Braves  
March 19, 2022
Valaika signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Heads to open market
2BFree Agent  
October 25, 2021
Valaika cleared waivers Monday and elected free agency, Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com reports.
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Loses spot on 40-man roster
2BBaltimore Orioles  
October 23, 2021
Valaika was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
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Knocks two-run homer
2BBaltimore Orioles  
October 2, 2021
Valaika went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Friday's 6-4 loss to Toronto.
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