April 4, 1977 |
La Mirada, California
|June 8, 2001, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 27, 2005, for the New York Mets|
|Runs batted in||37|
Valent was an All-American at Canyon High School in Anaheim, California . On June 1, 1995, he was drafted in the 26th round of the amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers, but he did not sign and instead elected to attend college at UCLA.
He was the Pac-10 Player of the year in 1998. On June 2, 1998, Valent was selected in the first round of the supplemental draft by the Philadelphia Phillies (42nd overall).
Of his collegiate career, Valent perhaps prophetically said:
"College baseball was fun, but it's a little deceiving because of the aluminum bats. If you hit home runs in college, you aren't necessarily going to hit them as a professional."
In his brief playing career, he provided good power from the left side of the plate. A solid pinch-hitter and valuable utility man; he was a competent first baseman who could play either left or right field effectively.
On December 15, Valent was drafted by the New York Mets in the Rule 5 draft.
Most of Valent's playing time was with the Mets. On July 29, 2004, Valent became the eighth player in Mets history to hit for the cycle in a game against the Montreal Expos. In late August, he had three pinch-hit home runs. With the Mets, Valent wore uniform number 57 (later worn by pitcher Johan Santana).
Japanese baseball league
In December 2008, Valent was named the hitting coach for the Single-A Williamsport Crosscutters of the Philadelphia Phillies organization, but was reassigned to a scouting position in January 2009.
- Abraham, Peter; Journal, N.Y.) (May 12, 2004). "Valent turning out to be prize Rule 5 pick for Mets". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
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