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Pro baseball: Next step for Valaika

Hart grad signs minor league deal with Marlins

Posted: November 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Former Cincinnati Red and Hart High graduate Chris Valaika waits in the dugout during an MLB game against the Florida Marlins on May 1, 2011.

Hart High graduate and former third-round draft pick Chris Valaika is headed to the Miami Marlins organization.

The Marlins signed Valaika to minor league contract, the team reported Sunday on its official website.

The 27-year-old infielder has spent his entire seven-year career with the Cincinnati Reds organization, making brief appearances in the Majors while mostly working through the various levels of the team’s minor league system.

He spent nearly all of last season playing for the Triple-A Louisville Bats after tearing his ACL in September 2011 and requiring knee surgery.

After finishing the season batting .223 with 29 RBIs and six home runs in 85 games with Louisville and struggling to stay healthy throughout the season, Valaika didn’t receive a callup to the MLB at all in 2012.

This was despite the fact that he had played in a total of 33 Major League games in 2010 and 2011, batting a combined .270 with a .303 on-base percentage.

His last MLB appearance was Sept. 11, 2011, when he injured his knee against the Colorado Rockies.

Valaika was drafted 84th overall in the third round of the 2006 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of UC Santa Barbara.

From 2006-2008, he excelled in the lower levels of Cincinnati’s minor league system before earning a regular spot at Triple-A Louisville in 2009.

Overall in Triple-A, Valaika is batting .260 with 155 RBIs and 23 home runs in 407 games.

Since then, with the exception of three games at Arizona Fall League while he was rehabbing from his knee issues, Valaika has been playing Triple-A or higher.



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