Fernando Valenzuela Jr.
Fernando Valenzuela Burgos
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 210 lb.
- School University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- High School St. Francis High School
As a junior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he hit .337, slugged .593 and drove in 75 runs while playing error-free ball at first base. He was named the Mountain West Conference All-Conference first baseman and Player of the Year.
The San Diego Padres took him in the 10th round of the 2003 amateur draft and he began his pro career with the Eugene Emeralds, where he hit .248/.372/.347 and his defense took a turn for the worse, as his 11 errors tied Travis Ishikawa for the most in the Northwest League.
In 2004, Fernando batted .294/.373/.414 with the Fort Wayne Wizards and drove in 81 runs. He hit into 22 double plays, most in the Midwest League. In 2005, Valenzuela had a .296/.373/.432 season with the Lake Elsinore Storm, hitting 28 doubles and driving in 83 to lead the club. He led the California League with six intentional walks.
At age 23, he hit .169/.228/.197 in 28 games for the Mobile BayBears and was released by San Diego. The Chicago White Sox signed him and placed him on their Kannapolis Intimidators club, where he had a .266/.365/.416 line in 80 games as he tried to revive his career. That winter, he played for the Águilas de Mexicali as a teammate of his father's. In 2007, Valenzuela hit .349/.431/.500 in 47 games for the Laguna Cowboys. Since 2008, he has played for Yucatan every season (as of 2014), always hitting above .300. he also spent time with the El Paso Diablos of the American Association in 2012 after hitting a career-high .359 for Yucatan in 2011.
Sources include 2004-2006 Baseball Almanacs