Blue Jays: Get to know pitcher Cesar Valdez

TORONTO, ON - JULY 25: Cesar Valdez
TORONTO, ON - JULY 25: Cesar Valdez /

The Toronto Blue Jays received an unexpected performance from their 32-year old spot starter Cesar Valdez last night versus his former team, get the complete 411 on the Jays hurler below.

Cesar Valdez

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Born: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Signed as an amateur free agent in 2005 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Made MLB Debut on May, 03rd, 2010 with D’backs.

After his promotion in 2010 Valdez made 9 appearances, starting two games for Arizona. The rookie hurler went 1-2 with a 7.65 earned run average while allowing 17 earned runs in 20 innings of work. In his MLB debut, he earned his first career win limiting the Hoston Astros to a single run over five innings. His battery mate in Arizona was none other than the current Jays backup catcher Miguel Montero.

Valdez faced the Jays in his rookie campaign surrendering 2 earned runs in 2 innings of relief work in a lopsided 12-4 loss. Following the 2010 season Valdez would not pitch again in the majors until this season with the A’s/Jays.

The Dominican Republic native was shipped to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of 2010 as the player to be named later in the Zach Duke trade.

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The hurler was then purchased by the Florida Marlins on July 05th, 2011 setting the stage for a whirlwind month that included a cup of coffee with the Blue Jays.  On July 28th, 2011 Valdez was purchased by the Blue Jays from the Marlins but then released by the Jays only two days later.

Valdez would latch on with the Athletics this offseason after numerous stops in the minor league ranks along the way. The well-travelled hurler would make 4 appearances with the A’s this season sporting a 9.64 earned run average before the Jays would claim him off waivers in early May.

Prior to tonight’s gem, Valdez had a 2.70 earned run average in 4 relief appearances with the Jays this far. In Buffalo, he started 10 contests posting a respectable 3.23 earned run average fanning 44 in 61.1 innings.

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In a year of disappointments centered around the Jays pitching staff, we can all hail to the almighty Cesar as long as he can keep putting up stat lines like he did tonight.