Valdez secured the save after striking out two over a scoreless inning Monday against Boston.
Valdez retired the side in order in the ninth, fanning two and inducing a lineout to center field. The closer has surrendered just two runs in 13 appearances so far this season and has successfully converted eight of 10 save chances. He also owns a strong 17:3 K:BB across 14.2 innings of work.
Valdez pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts to earn a save in Monday's 5-3 win over Seattle.
Valdez threw 10 pitches (nine strikes) to retire the side for his seventh save of the season. The 36-year-old right-hander has been solid this year with a 1.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB across 13.2 innings. He's now 7-for-9 in save chances, and he's also earned two wins in 12 outings.
Valdez allowed two hits in the ninth inning to record the three-out save in the win over the Athletics on Friday.
Valdez bounced back to record his sixth save Friday after blowing the save Thursday against the Yankees. He is 6-for-8 in save opportunities and has a pair of wins. The 36-year-old remains the best arm in the Orioles bullpen with a 1.42 ERA in 12.2 innings.
Valdez allowed one earned run on one hit and two walks while striking out two across one inning to blow the save Thursday against the Yankees.
Valdez entered the game with a one-run lead, but he walked two of the first three batters he faced before surrendering an RBI double. It was Valdez's second blown save of the season, though he's still gone 5-for-7 in save chances this season. This performance isn't likely to affect the closer role in Baltimore, though Tanner Scott could eventually earn saves if Valdez continues to stumble.
Valdez gave up one hit and struck out one over 1.1 scoreless innings to record his fifth save of the season in Monday's 4-2 win over the Yankees.
The 36-year-old changeup specialist continues to thrive as the O's closer. Valdez is 5-for-6 in save chances with a 0.84 ERA and 11:1 K:BB through 10.1 innings, and as long as he remains effective, manager Brandon Hyde has little reason to look to anyone else in the ninth inning.
Valdez earned a four-out save Tuesday that included three strikeouts.
With two outs and one on in the eighth, Valdez was called upon to replace Jace Fry and finish off the inning. He did so with ease, sending Jesus Aguilar down on strikes. The 36-year-old reentered in the ninth frame and continued his success, retiring all three batters he faced. It was the fourth save of the season for Valdez, who holds a 2-0 record to go with a shiny 0.96 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.
Valdez gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to record his third save of the season in a 5-2 win over the Rangers.
The journeyman continues to get the job done as closer for the O's. Valdez has two wins through six appearances in addition to his saves, and his 1.23 ERA and 1.09 WHIP are backed up by a 7:1 K:BB through 7.1 innings. At some point the league might figure out his baffling changeup, but until that happens Valdez will handle a high-leverage role.
Valdez (2-0) recorded the win in a 7-6 victory during the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Mariners, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless seventh inning.
The changeup specialist entered the game after the M's had tied things up off Adam Plutko in the top half of the seventh, and Valdez was rewarded for his efforts when the O's walked it off on a Ramon Urias single. Valdez has a 1.42 ERA and 6:1 K:BB through 6.1 innings to begin the season with two saves in addition to his two wins, and for the moment he's manager Brandon Hyde's most trusted high-leverage arm.
Valdez allowed one run on two hits in one inning, taking a blown save in Saturday's extra-inning loss to the Red Sox.
Valdez allowed a pair of one-out singles before Bobby Dalbec hit into a fielder's choice that brought home the game-tying run. That was the first earned run again Valdez this season. He is now 2-for-3 in save chances with a 1.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and five strikeouts across 5.1 innings. The 36-year-old right-hander has been solid to start 2021 and should continue to see closing opportunities despite Saturday's misstep.
Valdez (1-0) picked up a win after giving up an unearned run on two hits while striking out three over 2.1 innings Wednesday against the Yankees.
Valdez entered the game with two outs in the eighth after the Yankees tied it up and were threatening to take the lead with Gio Urshela in scoring position. He was able to get the game into extra innings by sending down the Yankees' top four hitters in order and was one out away from closing it out in the 10th before Kyle Higashioka ripped a single to right to tie the game up at three apiece. When the O's scored in the following frame and ultimately closed out the victory, Valdez picked up his first win of the season. The 36-year-old is quite the story, as he was out of affiliated baseball entirely between 2011 and 2015 and again from 2017 to 2019 before the Orioles selected his contract late in the 2020 season. Hunter Harvey is expected to be out for a while after suffering an oblique strain in spring training, which has allowed Valdez to take hold of the closer role. He already has two saves and a win to his name in three appearances this season, locking down games for an Orioles squad that has gotten off to a surprising 4-2 start.
Valdez earned his second save of the season Saturday against the Red Sox, striking out one while allowing a walk and a hit by pitch in a scoreless ninth inning.
The Orioles didn't announce a closer prior to the start of the year, but it sure seems as though Valdez has the job, as he's gotten the save opportunity in the Orioles' first two games, with Tanner Scott pitching in the eighth on both occasions. He didn't make it easy on himself Saturday, allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base, but he got the job done in the end.
Valdez gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning during Friday's win over the Red Sox to pick up his first save of the season.
The right-hander was warming up as early as the seventh inning in case starter John Means ran into trouble, but after Means finished the seventh and Tanner Scott handled the eighth, Valdez got his turn to protect a 3-0 lead in the final frame. O's manager Brandon Hyde will likely vary who gets save chances for Baltimore just as he has the last couple years, but Valdez is firmly part of the team's high-leverage mix.
Valdez is being stretched out and could serve as a multi-inning reliever, but he also remains a possible closing option, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
Valdez pitched three innings in his last Grapefruit League appearance, lending some insight into his potential role with the team to begin the season. However, because Hunter Harvey (oblique) will be sidelined until at least May, Valdez could factor into the saves picture for the team as well. He played a valuable role as a reliever for the team in 2020, posting a 1.26 ERA and 0.70 WHIP with a 12:3 K:BB while recording three saves across 14.1 innings.
Valdez will be stretched out during spring training in 2021, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
Valdez pitched at least two innings in four of his nine relief appearances in 2020, and there's been some speculation that the right-hander could serve as a starter in 2021. Manager Brandon Hyde said that the team will build up his innings during spring training and evaluate his progress at the end of camp. Valdez converted on all three of his save chances and posted a 1.26 ERA and 0.70 WHIP over 14.1 innings in 2020.
Valdez tossed a perfect ninth inning Sunday and earned his third save in the win over Toronto.
Valdez quickly disposed of Toronto's 9-1-2 hitters with just 13 pitches in a perfect inning of work. It was his third save in as many attempts this season, all coming during the month of September. The 35-year-old finished the 2020 season with a 1.26 ERA across 14.1 innings.
Valdez fired one scoreless inning Sunday as he earned the save against the Rays. He allowed no hits and no walks while striking out zero.
Valdez came on to preserve the Orioles' one-run lead in the ninth inning Sunday, and he picked up his second career save as he held the Rays in check. The right-hander was charged with a loss in his last appearance, but he's been mainly effective this season as he now carries a 1.35 ERA and 0.75 WHIP over 13.1 innings in 2020.
Valdez allowed a hit and a walk and struck out three in two scoreless innings to earn the save in Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader versus the Yankees.
Valdez relieved starter Jorge Lopez in the sixth inning and kept the Yankees at bay over the final two frames. It was the first save of Valdez's career. He has allowed just one unearned run over eight innings across three appearances. He's added nine strikeouts and a 0.86 WHIP this season.
Valdez (1-0) picked up the win Monday against the Blue Jays, allowing one unearned run on two hits across two innings. He struck out one.
Valdez entered the game tied 2-2 in the 10th inning. After tossing a scoreless 10th, Valdez remained in the game after the Orioles took a 4-2 lead in the top of the 11th. A single scored Randal Grichuk, who began the inning on second base, but Lourdes Gurriel was thrown out at the plate on Rowdy Tellez's double to end the game.
Valdez's contract was selected by the Orioles on Thursday.
Valdez signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles in January and was part of the team's 60-man player pool to begin the season. He'll now join the major-league bullpen but likely won't play a prominent role for the team.
Valdez will be a part of the Orioles' 60-man player pool this season.
He joined Baltimore on a minor-league deal during the offseason. Valdez could provide pitching depth in the majors this season, but he is unlikely to provide much fantasy value.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/10||vs BOS||W 4-1||1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|05/03||@ SEA||W 5-3||1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|04/30||@ OAK||W 3-2||1||1.0||2||0||0||0|
|04/29||vs NYY||W 4-3||1.0||1||1||2||2|
|04/26||vs NYY||W 4-2||1||1.1||1||0||0||1|
|04/20||@ MIA||W 7-5||1||1.1||0||0||0||3|
|04/18||@ TEX||L 0-1||0.2||0||0||0||0|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2011||AAA-New Orleans Zephyrs||10.0||8||0||0||0||1||0||13||3||13||8.10||1.600|
|2012||AAA-Vaqueros de la Lagun||135.0||24||23||2||11||8||0||84||18||171||5.27||1.400|
|2013||AAA-Vaqueros de la Lagun||65.2||12||12||1||3||3||0||59||11||89||4.97||1.534|
|2013||AAA-Rieleros de Aguascal||4.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||5||8.57||1.667|
|2015||AAA-Olmecas de Tabasco||160.2||23||23||3||11||6||0||161||28||145||2.64||1.080|
|2019||AAA-Leones de Yucatan||147.2||23||23||0||15||2||0||122||17||140||2.26||1.067|