César Valdez

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César Valdez
Cesar Valdez 2007 (cropped).jpg
Valdez with the South Bend Silver Hawks in 2007
Leones de Yucatán – No. 51
Born: (1985-03-17) March 17, 1985 (age 33)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 2010, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record 2–3
Earned run average 7.64
Strikeouts 34
WHIP 1.80

César Miguel Valdez (born March 17, 1985) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, and Toronto Blue Jays.


Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Valdez signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 2, 2005, as an international free agent.[1]

He played at various levels of their minor league organization until 2010, when he was called up to the Majors on May 3 and made his Major League Baseball debut later that day. Valdez was designated for assignment on September 13.[2] He made nine appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2010, and posted a 1–2 win–loss record, 7.65 earned run average (ERA), and 13 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched.[1]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On December 9, 2010, Valdez was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the player to be named later in the trade for Zach Duke.[3]

Florida Marlins[edit]

On July 5, 2011, he was traded to the Florida Marlins organization for a player to be named later or cash considerations.[4]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On July 28, 2011, Valdez was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays organization and assigned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, but released the following day.[1] During the offseason, Valdez played for the Águilas del Zulia of the Venezuelan Winter League and the Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rican Winter League.[5]

Vaqueros Laguna[edit]

In 2012, Valdez joined the Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican League. He made 24 appearances and pitched to an 11–8 record, 5.27 ERA, and 84 strikeouts in 135 total innings.[5] In the offseason, he returned to the Águilas del Zulia and later made five relief appearances for the Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Winter League.[5]

In 2013, Valdez returned to the Vaqueros Laguna, making 12 starts before being released on May 30.[6]

Rieleros de Aguascalientes[edit]

On June 22, 2013, he signed with the Rieleros de Aguascalientes, and was released on June 27 after making one start for the team.[6] After another offseason playing in the Venezuelan and Dominican Winter Leagues, Valdez did not play regular season baseball in 2014.[5] He made seven appearances for the Bravos de Margarita during the 2014 offseason.

Olmecas de Tabasco[edit]

In 2015, he signed with the Olmecas de Tabasco. In 23 starts, Valdez went 13–8 with a 2.63 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 160​23 innings pitched.[5] Valdez made five starts for the Tigres de Licey in the offseason.[5]

Houston Astros[edit]

On January 1, 2016, he signed a minor league contract with the Houston Astros and was invited to spring training.[1] He spent the entire 2016 season with the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, and posted a 12–1 record, 3.12 ERA, and 114 strikeouts in 138​13 innings.[5]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

In November 2016, he signed a minor league contract with the Oakland Athletics.[7] He began the 2017 season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, but was recalled on April 21. After appearing in four games for Oakland with a 9.64 ERA, Valdez was designated for assignment on May 3.[8]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On May 5, 2017, Valdez was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and optioned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[9] He was recalled on May 20.[10] In July, Valdez was recalled by the Blue Jays and added to the starting rotation after Aaron Sanchez was placed on the disabled list. On July 25, Valdez earned his first MLB win in over seven years, defeating the Oakland Athletics 4–1.[11] Valdez was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo on November 1, 2017,[12] and elected free agency the following day.[13]

Return to Tabasco[edit]

On March 16, 2018, Valdez signed with the Olmecas de Tabasco of the Mexican League.[14] He was released on May 1, 2018.

Leones de Yucatán[edit]

On July 29, 2018, Valdez signed with the Leones de Yucatán of the Mexican League.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d "Cesar Valdez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "D-backs add Schmidt to expanded roster". 
  3. ^ "Pirates and Diamondbacks complete trade; right-handed pitcher Cesar Valdez acquired by Pittsburgh". MLB.com. December 9, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 5, 2011). "Minor Moves: Cesar Valdez". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Cesar Valdez Minor, Winter, Fall & Mexican Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Cesar Valdez Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 21, 2016). "Minor League Transactions: Nov 12-18". baseballamerica.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  8. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 3, 2017). "Athletics Place Sean Doolittle On 10-Day DL, Designate Cesar Valdez". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 3, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Blue Jays designate right-hander Mat Latos for assignment". Sportsnet. May 5, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  10. ^ Polishuk, Mark (May 20, 2017). "Blue Jays Place Aaron Sanchez On 10-Day DL; Designate Mike Ohlman For Assignment". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 20, 2017. 
  11. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (July 26, 2017). "Successful spot start 'very emotional' for Blue Jays' Valdez". Sportsnet. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (November 1, 2017). "Blue Jays drop 2 pitchers, outfielder from roster". MLB.com. Retrieved November 1, 2017. 
  13. ^ "International League Transactions". MiLB.com. p. November 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Vuelve César Valdez a Tabasco para la campaña 2018 en LMB". quisqueyanosports.com (in Spanish). March 16, 2018. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  15. ^ "El ex big leaguer César Valdez, nuevo refuerzo de los Leones" (in Spanish). July 29, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018. 

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