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Valdez tossed another scoreless inning on Saturday

Jose Valdez spent the majority of 2009 in the bullpen of the Trenton Thunder with the exception of a month with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After showing improvement in his repertoire in July and August, the 6-foot-4, 186 pound Valdez was promoted to Scranton and is ready to contribute.

Valdez's season stats are not superb by any means, but they do show that he has come a long way to get where he is at now. He pitched 57 2/3 regular season innings, gave up 55 hits, struck out 60, and walked 33 while posting a 3.43 ERA. These numbers can be misleading due to his struggles in Scranton earlier in the season, where he had a 4.19 ERA and gave up more than a hit per inning. His...

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