Cesar Valdez pitched the second inning of the Carolina/California League
All-Star game Tuesday night. He retired all three batters he faced: two on
strikeouts, and one on a weak grounder to first base on which Valdez himself
recorded the putout. Fellow Oaks All-Star Pedro Ciriaco scored the
California League's only run, but went 0-for-3 in the contest.
That performance by Valdez capped a tremendous first half from the undersized
right-hander who doesn't hit 90 miles per hour on the radar gun. He went
10-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 96 innings, ranking first in the league in wins, second
in innings, and third in ERA. His 1.08 WHIP ranked third, while his 5:1
strikeout-to-walk ratio ranked second among California League pitchers. He
pitched a five-hit shutout on June 4 against San Jose, hasn't walked more than
two batters in any start this season, and hasn't allowed more than two runs in
an outing since May 8th.
Still, for Valdez to get the call to Double-A, an unfortunate incident had to
occur. BayBears reliever Matt Elliott landed
on the disabled list for the second time this season. Valdez will
replace Cody Evans in the BayBear rotation. Evans had made three sport
starts for Mobile since former 31st-overall draft pick Matt Torra received a
promotion to Triple-A, and will take over Elliott's bullpen spot for the time
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