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Danny Valencia hit .373 in May. He was hitting .343. But then he went into a Big League slump, and he was hitting just .260. In his last four games, he is 8-15 and has his batting average up to .284. On the season, he has 28 extra base hits in 218 at bats. And now that he busted out of the slump, according to a source close to the situation, he has been promoted to AAA Rochester where he should take over 3B duties on a daily basis. (Certainly there could be other promotions associated to this one, and I will update as I hear them.)
Valencia is an excellent combination of baseball player. He can hit for average. He can hit for power. He can take quality at bats. He has a strong arm and he plays excellent defense at 3B.
Last month, I ranked Valencia as my #3 Twins prospect, and said that I hope he puts himself in position to compete for the starting 3B job when the Twins open up Target Field next April. With this promotion, he is right on track! Let me know what you think.