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Danny Valencia | Outfielder

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Danny Valencia hit a three-run home run and drew a walk in four plate appearances in Wednesday's win against the Mets.
Valencia walked and scored in the second inning as the Jays broke a scoreless tie. He piled on in the eighth, ripping a three-run home run to left field off of Akeel Morris to make it 8-0, the big blow in a five-run frame. Valencia has hit well this season but has had irregular playing time, batting .323/.347/.538 with three home runs and 18 RBI. Jun 17 - 9:47 PM

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Danny Valencia went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a run scored Friday against the Astros.

Valencia was making the start in left field with left-hander Dallas Keuchel on the mound. The 30-year-old is now hitting .349 (15-for-43) in limited duty this season. With the injuries in Toronto's outfield, he's someone to keep an eye on in daily formats.
May 15 - 11:34 PM

Danny Valencia (ankle) went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return to the Blue Jays lineup on Friday.

Valencia had missed a couple of games after spraining his ankle on Monday on stairs in the clubhouse. He was back to his lefty-mashing ways on Friday though, drawing the start in left field against opposing southpaw Wade Miley.
May 9 - 8:19 AM

Danny Valencia sprained his ankle Monday on some clubhouse steps and is considered day-to-day.

It's not a severe sprain, but Valencia will be unavailable on Tuesday night and the Blue Jays aren't sure about his status for Wednesday. The 30-year-old is batting .333/.353/.455 in 34 plate appearances this season. He's made four starts in the outfield.
May 5 - 4:51 PM

Danny Valencia had two hits, two RBI and a stolen base against the Orioles on Friday.

Valencia will likely start somewhere against lefties for the Blue Jays, whether it's first base, DH or in left field. He's also the backup third baseman, but that doesn't seem like such an important role with Josh Donaldson starting as it did with Brett Lawrie at the position.
Mar 13 - 4:34 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Danny Valencia will see some time in left field this spring.

Toronto is scrambling all of its internal options to replace Michael Saunders, who was expected to open the 2015 season as the Blue Jays' starting left fielder but suffered a torn meniscus Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler. Saunders is expected to miss the entire first half. Valencia has never played the outfield at the major league level and is not a good bet to win the job outright, but he could see a bit of action there against left-handed starters if the Jays don't add anybody.
Feb 26 - 1:31 PM

Blue Jays 3B Danny Valencia has been awarded $1.675 million through arbitration.

The arbiter ruled in favor of Valencia over the Blue Jays, who offered $1.25 million. It was the team's first arbitration case to go to a hearing since 1997. Valencia will see some playing time versus lefties in 2015.
Feb 6 - 9:05 AM

Danny Valencia requested $1.675 million and was offered $1.25 million from the Blue Jays when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com had projected Valencia to earn $1.7 million, so it appears the Blue Jays will be getting a bargain wherever the two sides eventually settle. He'll be nothing more than a role player on the 2015 Blue Jays, seeing the majority of his work against southpaws.
Jan 16 - 8:26 PM

Danny Valencia doubled, tripled and drove in three runs Monday versus the Mariners.

This is pretty much the first good game Valencia has had since the Jays started talking him up as a potential 2015 regular at third base. With three more strikeouts tonight, he has a 19/0 K/BB ratio to go along with his .197 average in 71 at-bats this month. He should only be in the Jays' plans for 2015 as an option against lefties.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:03:00 PM

Danny Valencia hit a solo home run, his only hit in five at-bats, in Tuesday's win against the Rays.

Valencia, known for hitting left-handed pitching, has hit both of his home runs as a Blue Jay off of right-handers. His second inning home run off of Jeremy Hellickson put the Jays up 1-0. He has four on the season along with 18 RBI and a .284/.328/.405 slash line.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:38:00 PM

Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer off the bench Wednesday against the Red Sox.

It was Valencia's first homer since arriving in Toronto, but he's batting .308 in 65 at-bats since being acquired from the Royals. The homer off Junichi Tazawa was his first against a right-hander. He entered the night hitting .360/.408/.494 with two homers against lefties and .212/.256/.271 versus righties.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:19:00 PM

Getting a rare start against right-handed pitching, Danny Valencia responded by going 2-for-5 with an RBI in Friday's loss to the Tigers.

He has done a very nice job in his limited time this season, slashing .283/.324/.377 with a pair of homers and 13 RBI in 138 at-bats. He is currently getting work at first base, but should be relegated back to a bench role once Edwin Encarnacion returns.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that he plans to give Danny Valencia a shot against right-handed pitching.

"We want to see what he can do," Gibbons said. Valencia has already shown what he can do (or can't do) versus righties in his career, batting .228 with a .623 OPS. Evidently Gibbons needs to see it with his own eyes, though. With Brett Lawrie (oblique) out again, the Jays don't have many options at third base.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Blue Jays acquired 3B Danny Valencia from the Royals in exchange for RHP Liam Hendriks and C Erik Kratz.

Valencia can play third base against left-handed pitching until Brett Lawrie (finger) is ready to return, and even then he might still get starts if Lawrie is used at second base. The 29-year-old has batted .282/.328/.382 with two homers over 36 games for the Royals this season and is a career .333/.369/.510 batter versus southpaws.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 07:16:00 PM

Danny Valencia (hand) finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to the Royals' lineup Wednesday.

Valencia was hit on the left hand by a Chris Sale pitch on Monday and suffered a minor bruise. The backup infielder is hitting .287/.333/.389 in 34 games this year.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 04:20:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Colabello
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Steve Delabar
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Liam Hendriks
6Bo Schultz
7Todd Redmond