Phillips Valdez

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Phillips Valdez
Seattle Mariners – No. 62
Born: (1991-11-16) November 16, 1991 (age 28)
San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 8, 2019, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average3.94

Phillips Valdez (born November 16, 1991) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Texas Rangers.


Valdez signed as an international free agent with the Cleveland Indians on May 29, 2009.[1] He played for the DSL Indians in 2009 and 2010.[1] On November 10, 2010, he was released by Cleveland.[1] On December 16, 2010, he signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, but was released on May 1, 2011 and did not appear in a professional game in 2011.[1] Valdez trained at a Japanese baseball academy in the Dominican that year after being released.[2] On May 30, 2012, he signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[1] From 2012 through the 2018 season, he played in the Washington organization.[1] During his time with them, he played for the DSL Nationals, Gulf Coast Nationals, Auburn Doubledays, Hagerstown Suns, Potomac Nationals, Harrisburg Senators, and the Syracuse Chiefs.[3][4][1]

Texas Rangers[edit]

He elected free agency after the 2018 season and on December 21, 2018, he signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers.[5] He was assigned to the Nashville Sounds to open the 2019 season.[6] With Nashville in 2019, he went 1–7 with a 4.92 ERA over ​78 23 innings.

On June 8, Valdez had his contract selected and he was called up to the major leagues for the first time, as the 26th man of a double-header versus the Oakland Athletics.[7] He made his debut that afternoon, throwing two scoreless innings in relief.[8] With Texas in 2019, Valdez went 0–0 with a 3.94 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 16 innings.

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On November 1, 2019, Valdez was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Mariners.[9]


During 2019 spring training, Valdez's younger brother Mario died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 18.[2] Married Samantha Gross in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 10, 2017. [10]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Phillips Valdez player page transactions". Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Levi Weaver (June 11, 2019). "Phillips Valdez's outing may be forgotten but his story shouldn't be". The Athletic. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Byron Kerr (October 18, 2016). "Phillips Valdez honing breaking pitch to get to next level". MASN. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Senators Notebook: Phillips Valdez turning the corner with more consistent arm slot". June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Rangers add 4 bullpen options on minor-league contracts, including one with a 98 mph fastball". The Dallas Morning News. December 19, 2018. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "Sounds Announce Tentative Opening Day Roster". March 27, 2019. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Adam J. Morris (June 8, 2019). "Joe Palumbo recalled, David Carpenter DFA'd, Phillips Valdez up". Lone Star Ball. SB Nation. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  8. ^ T.R. Sullivan (June 8, 2019). "Palumbo starts strong as Texas' bats take over". Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Mariners claim RHP Phillips Valdéz off waivers from Texas". November 1, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
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