With Bakersfield tied 4-4, Valdez stepped up to the plate and knocked a solo home run, a home run that proved the difference in the game, The Gazette-Journal wrote.
Valdez went on to hit six home run for Bakersfield that year, his third as a pro. He played in two more seasons. He made AA, but not the majors.
Valdez' career began in 1986, signed by the Dodgers as a free agent out of his native Puerto Rico. Valdez was also credited as Mica Valdez.
Valdez started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He hit .304 in 61 games. He then returned to the GCL in 1987. He hit .238 in 60 games that year.
He arrived at Bakersfield for 1988. He hit .254 in 83 games. He struck out to end a July game.
Valdez played 1989 at single-A Vero Beach. He also got 12 games at AA San Antonio. He went 10 for 47 at San Antonio and hit ..277 on the year.
He returned to both San Antonio and Bakersfield for 1990. He got into 48 games between them and hit .271 to end his career.
- Reno Gazette-Journal, May 2, 1988: Bakersfield edges Reno
Made the Majors:1,113-36.8%
Never Made Majors:1,915-63.2%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 465
10+ Seasons in the Minors:276