|Houston Astros – No. 44|
November 27, 1977 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|April 11, 2010 for the New York Mets|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.94|
In 2003, Valdés defected from Cuba, where he was a member of the Cuban National team. He signed with the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, and was assigned to the Cubs farm team of the Dominican Summer League. He posted a 7–2 record with a 0.51 earned run average in 16 games for the Dominican Cubs, holding the opponents to a .127 batting average. He also saw action as an outfielder, batting .241 with 12 doubles and 26 runs batted in in 50 games, and was selected for the DSL Post-Season All-Star.
Valdés opened 2005 with Double-A West Tenn, but was promoted rapidly to Triple-A Iowa on May 9. He went 2–0 in five starts, struck out 18 batters and issued just three walks over 23 innings of work for West Tenn. While in Iowa, he was 6–7 with a save in 25 appearances (17 starts), working six or more innings in six of his starts, ending 5–0 with a 2.15 ERA in those outings.
In 2006, Valdés dropped to 1–3 with a 7.59 ERA in 32 innings for Iowa before being released.
New York Mets
He signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets after the end of the season. Valdés started 2007 with High-A St. Lucie and later was promoted to Double-A Binghamton. He combined for a 0–2 record with a 4.17 ERA and one save in 23 games (one start), before being released.
Since 2008, Valdés has pitched winter baseball for the Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican League and Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan League. He represented the Dominican team in the 2010 Caribbean Series, in which he led all pitchers in wins (two) and strikeouts (13) and was selected to the All-Star Team.
On May 11, 2010, Valdés got his first major league victory in an 8–6 win over the Nationals.
On November 5, 2010, Valdés was sent down to the minors to Triple-A Buffalo and became a free-agent after refusing the minor league assignment.
St. Louis Cardinals
Valdés signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals. Valdés made seven appearances for St. Louis, pitching in 5.1 innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits. He was designated for assignment on August 12, 2011.
New York Yankees
On November 10, 2011, Valdés signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Philadelphia Phillies. After opening the 2012 season with the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs, his contract was purchased by the Phillies on May 11, and he joined the club's 25-man active roster.
Valdes was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on October 2, 2013.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Minor League Baseball player page
- Cuban Players Defectors
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- "Focus on fundamentals" – MLB
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