The Pirates acquired Valdez to complete the Duke trade.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right handed pitcher Cesar Valdez from the Arizona Diamondbacks as the player to be named later in the Zach Duke trade. Valdez has spent the last two seasons as a starter in AAA for Arizona, combining for a 5.34 ERA in 193.2 innings, along with a 7.1 K/9 and a 3.7 BB/9 ratio.
He did spend some time in the majors in 2010, with a 7.65 ERA in 20 innings, along with a 5.9 K/9 and a 4.5 BB/9 ratio. He made two starts during that time frame, where he was actually better. In 9 innings as a starter, Valdez had a 7.00 ERA and a 9:5 K/BB ratio. In 11 innings as a reliever he had an 8.18 ERA and a 4:5 K/BB ratio.
He was the number seven prospect in the Arizona farm system heading in to the 2009 s...
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