Phillips Valdez

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Phillips Valdez
Seattle Mariners – No. 62
Pitcher
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
Strikeouts18
Teams

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.

Career[edit]

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]

Personal[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Phillips Valdez player page transactions". MLB.com. 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". harrisburgsenatorsmlb.wordpress.com. 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". MiLB.com. 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". MLB.com. Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "Mariners claim RHP Phillips Valdéz off waivers from Texas". MLB.com. November 1, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  10. ^ http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/clerk/Services/Pages/MarriageLicenseRecords.aspx

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