Jose Valverde is battling to return to the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers. Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Valverde Posts Non-Impressive Line In First Two Minor League Outings

The Detroit Tigers have until May 8 to decide whether or not they want to add veteran reliever Jose Valverde to their major league roster (he can opt out of his minor league deal after that date), so there’s still lots of time left for him to show that he’s ready, but his statistical line after his first two innings of minor league ball is less than impressive.

It will be the scouts and coaches who ultimately determine if he’s ready to help out the big league club, not the strict numbers — they’re looking for velocity, command, and effective use of his secondary offerings (the splitter) — but we can look at the numbers to try to gain some insight. His pitching line so far: 2 IP, 2 BB, 1 K. He hasn’t allowed a hit — which isn’t a discouraging fact — but a small sample observation of Valverde suppressing the BABIP of minor league hitters isn’t anything to suggest his return to the major leagues would be a success. Again, we’re talking the tiniest of samples here, but the numbers to watch will be the walk and strikeout numbers.

It’s not encouraging that he’s issued a free pass in both of his appearances, and it’s not encouraging that he’s only punched out one batter. In order to be promoted to the Detroit bullpen, he should be striking out (at least) a batter per inning and walking no more than one ever three innings.

We can’t make any conclusions at this point — two innings is two innings — but it will be interesting to track his progress. If he’s not dominating in the minors, there won’t be reason to expect him to do so in the majors.

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  • The Bandit

    Dude, he’s throwing nothing but fastballs right now. No splits which is his out pitch. Right now they just want to see his velocity and how his stamina is in back to backs. He may fail but this is a poor piece.

  • James R. Chipman

    Hate to pick nits disagree with this piece.

    As someone who was actually there covering the games, conversing with scouts and questioning Valverde this weekend, I have a much diffrent opinion.

    I respect your opinion but I’m not sure that you’ve seen anything more than a boxscore. And I’m not sure I follow your “needs to strikeout more batters to earn a promotion” rabble either. I’m not sure that org was solely focused on the amount of strikeouts that he threw. Velocity, mechanics, stamina and composure were the main focus from what I overheard.

    Maybe Valverde makes an impact. Maybe he doesn’t. Hell, maybe he opts out. Cut the guy some slack though. Stating that his performance was “non-impressive” is a bit of a reach.

    • Matt Snyder

      “It will be the scouts and coaches who ultimately determine if he’s ready to help out the big league club, not the strict numbers”

    • Evan

      well if you were, is it true he is only throwing fastballs and no splitters?

  • The Bandit

    Apparently the scouts and the coaches felt he was impressive enough. Reportedly going to be called up in a day or so….