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Orioles RHP Cesar Valdez will be stretched out and pitch multiple innings during Spring Training in 2021.
“Cesar Valdez will be stretched out, pitch multiple innings,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “Will build up his innings and see where he is at the end of camp.” Valdez was mainly used as a reliever last year, but the Orioles can now evaluate whether he’d be viewed as a starter. The 35-year-old posted a 1.26 ERA, 0.70 WHIP and a 12:3 K:BB across 14 1/3 innings in 2020.
Cesar Valdez pitched the ninth inning of the season finale against the Blue Jays, not allowing a runner en route to this third save. The Orioles won, 7-5.
Valdez is a very interesting player, throwing a changeup 80%+ of the time. He finishes 2020 with a 1.26 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts in 14 and 1/3 innings. As fun as this story is, he likely won't be fantasy relevant as we enter 2021.
Cesar Valdez pitched the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Rays, pitching a scoreless earning and earning the save. The Orioles won, 2-1.
Valdez continues to impress with a unique arsenal, in which he throws a changeup 80%+ of the time. If you desperately need saves, he's one of the few options possibly left on the waiver wire.
Cesar Valdez pitched the final inning in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Rays, giving up two runs on a walk, a double, and a sacrifice fly. The Orioles lost, 3-1, giving Valdez his first loss of the season.
Valdez appears to be the reliever the Orioles trust the most in high-leverage situations, and Valdez has earned it with a 1.46 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 12 and 1/3 innings. He has an outside chance at closing for the Orioles in 2021, and should be rostered in deeper leagues if you need saves.
Cesar Valdez pitched the final two innings of the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out three. The Orioles won, 6-3, giving Valdez his first save of the year.
Valdez's save was very unique in a strange season, as the game was only seven innings and several higher-leverage relievers pitched in the first game of the doubleheader. While Valdez has yet to allow a run and has a 0.86 WHIP to go with nine strikeouts in seven innings, leave him on the waiver wire for now.