Valdespin with the New York Mets
|Second baseman / Outfielder|
December 23, 1987 |
San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
|April 23, 2012, for the New York Mets|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||52|
Jordany V. Valdespin (born December 23, 1987) is a Dominican professional baseball player who is currently a free agent. He previously played for the New York Mets, where he drew controversy for incidents of unsportsmanlike conduct. He was suspended for 50 games during the 2013 Biogenesis baseball scandal.
New York Mets
Valdespin began his professional career in 2007, playing for the DSL Mets. That year, he hit .245 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 43 games. In 2008, he played for the GCL Mets, hitting .284 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 34 games. He split 2009 between the DSL Mets, GCL Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones and Savannah Sand Gnats, hitting a combined .298 with four home runs, 28 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 67 games. He split 2010 between the St. Lucie Mets and Binghamton Mets, hitting a combined .272 with six home runs, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 93 games. In 2011, Valdespin hit .294 with 17 home runs, 60 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in the Mets minor league system.
On April 23, 2012 Valdespin was called up for the second game in a doubleheader versus the San Francisco Giants. In his debut Valdespin pinch hit for Manny Acosta in the eighth inning. Valdespin started his first major league game on April 27, playing left field and batting eighth against the Miami Marlins. While pinch hitting on May 7, Valdespin collected his first major league hit, home run and RBI on a three-run home run against Jonathan Papelbon of the Philadelphia Phillies to break a tie in the ninth inning. That same hit made Valdespin the first player to ever record his first hit as a home run off a player who has 200 or more career saves. On July 24, he broke a Mets franchise record by hitting his fifth pinch-hit home run of the season, off of Ryan Mattheus of the Washington Nationals. On August 26 Valdespin was optioned to Triple-A but was recalled on September 4.
Valdespin made the Opening Day roster for the New York Mets and was set to platoon in center field with Collin Cowgill. On April 24, 2013, Valdespin hit a walk off grand slam, the first in Mets history since Kevin McReynolds hit one on June 25, 1991 against the Montreal Expos.
On July 15, 2013, Valdespin was sent down to the AAA Las Vegas 51s after hitting only .188 that season, leading to a confrontation with manager Terry Collins in which Valdespin referred to his skipper by an expletive before demanding to be placed on the disabled list. This followed several incidents of showboating, most recently on May 11 and 12 when he hit celebrated a home run while down four runs in one game, then was hit by a pitch during a pinch hit appearance the next day in retaliation, giving the appearance that manager Collins sent him up there to teach him a lesson.
On August 5, 2013, Valdespin was suspended for 50 games from baseball for using performance enhancing drugs obtained from Biogenesis. Valdespin was reinstated on September 25, 2013, and assigned to Triple-A. After the season, Valdespin was non-tendered by the Mets, making him a free agent.
On December 20, 2013 Valdespin signed with the Miami Marlins on a minor league deal. He was called up to the Marlins on July 19, 2014. He was outrighted off the roster on October 10, 2014. He returned to the Major League roster on July 6, 2015.
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- Source: Spin non-tendered
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