Patrick Ryne Valaika … married to Lauren Valaika, they reside in his hometown of Valencia, Calif., in the offseason ... Son of Jeff and Ilona … has brothers Chris, Matt and Nick, and sister Brianna ... His mom is a teacher at the elementary school he attended ... His brothers have all played collegiate and/or professional baseball ... His hobbies include playing golf and going to the beach ... Graduated from Hart High School in Valencia, Calif ... Attended UCLA before being drafted in the ninth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft ... Member of the 2013 College World Series championship team.
Made his first career Opening Day roster and appeared in 68 games across four stints with the Rockies ... Batted .161 (5-for-27) with two doubles and two RBI as a pinch-hitter ... Made his first career Opening Day roster but was optioned May 8 after batting .103 (6-for-58) in his first 28 games … recalled on May 14 and optioned again on May 26 … recalled for a third time June 23 and optioned on Aug. 18 … recalled for the last time on Sept. 1 ... Started 11 games at first base, 10 at second, three at third and one at shortstop … the Rockies went 17-8 in his 25 starts, including winning each of his last 11 starts of the season ... Season-high-tying two hits July 28 vs. Oakland, including a home run and season-high two RBI ... Batted .216 (30-for-139) with four doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 20 RBI in 37 games with Triple-A Albuquerque ... Went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hit appearance in the National League Wild Card Game at Chicago-NL.
Appeared in 110 games for the Rockies following his April 18 recall from Triple-A Albuquerque ... Batted .328 (19-for-58) with 12 runs, eight doubles, four home runs, 16 RBI, two walks and 24 strikeouts in 66 pinch-hit appearances ... His 16 pinch-hit RBI were the most by a rookie since 1958, the first season with the official rookie rule ... Led all MLB pinch-hitters in RBI (16), runs (12), doubles (eight) and extra-base hits (12) … tied for first in home runs (four) … second in hits (19) and sixth in batting average (.328) … second in appearances (66) ... His 12 extra-base hits as a pinch-hitter tied for the most in Rockies history (John Vander Wal, 1995 and Greg Norton, 2003) ... Among Rockies pinch-hitters all-time, tied for first in runs, doubles and extra-base hits, fourth in hits, tied for second in home runs and fourth in RBI ... Hit a pinch-hit grand slam on Sept. 16 vs. San Diego, his first career grand slam … 11th pinch-hit grand slam in Rockies history, the first since Ryan Raburn in 2016 ... Hit home runs in consecutive pinch-hit appearances July 23 vs. Pittsburgh and July 24 at St. Louis, the second Rockies player to accomplish the feat (Mark Sweeney, August, 2004) ... Hit for the cycle for the second time for Albuquerque on April 8 vs. Salt Lake.
Made his Major League debut Sept. 6 vs. San Francisco after splitting his Minor League season between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque...Had his contract selected from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sept. 6 … made his Major League debut that night vs. San Francisco as a pinch-runner...Recorded his first Major League hit in his first career plate appearance Sept. 8, a double off San Diego pitcher Keith Hessler...Hit his first Major League home run in his first start, Sept. 24 at Los Angeles-NL, a solo home run off Jesse Chavez...Prior to joining the Rockies, split the season between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque … was selected as a Midseason All-Star with Hartford, where he batted .269 (116-for-431) with 66 runs, 33 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and 67 RBI as the club's starting shortstop...Played for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League following the season, batting .263 (20-for-76) over 19 games with three doubles and 12 RBI.
Spent the entire season with Double-A New Britain, playing in a career-high 124 games ... Made his Double-A debut April 10 at New Hampshire.
Split time between Low-A Asheville and High-A Modesto in his first full professional season ... Played 34 games at Asheville and batted .370 (47-for-127) with 25 runs, 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 23 RBI, nine walks and 12 stolen bases ... With Modesto, played 86 games and batted .272 (90-for-331) with 46 runs, 14 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 47 RBI, 24 walks and seven stolen bases.
Made his professional debut with Short-Season Tri-City after being selected in the ninth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft ... Made 41 starts and saw time at shortstop (26 games) and second base (12 games) for the Dust Devils.