A Setback for Vallejo
Former LumberKings’ second-baseman Jose Vallejo (’06-’07) saw his hopes of making a big-league debut with the Houston Astros suffer a major setback recently when it was announced that he will likely miss the entire 2010 season. Vallejo underwent surgery last week to repair severed tendons in his right hand following a freak injury while preparing dinner at his home in the Dominican Republic.
The 23-year-old Vallejo was traded to the Astros in the deal that sent Pudge Rodriguez back to the Texas Rangers last year. He hit .350 in seven games with Houston’s triple-A affiliate in Round Rock and was expected to compete for a Major League roster spot this Spring.
Vallejo hit .234 with 24 steals for the LumberKings in 2006, then followed with an All-Star season in 2007. He hit .269 with 17 doubles, 68 runs scored and 47 steals in 50 attempts in his final campaign with Clinton.
The speedy second-baseman earned the Rangers’ Minor League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2008, splitting time between Bakersfield (.287, 9 HR, 50 RBI, 27 steals) and Frisco (.297, 15 doubles, 31 RBI, 15 steals). Last year, he hit .289 at Frisco and .233 at triple-A Oklahoma City before the trade.
On a side note, this news has altered a LumberBlog feature that I hope to have out sometime this week. I’m going to highlight a few former LumberKings that have a chance to break camp with Major League teams for the first time this Spring.