Long Island stopper Joe Valentine, 28, had his contract purchased by the Phils this weekend. The right-hander will report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
From the Long Island Web site: Valentine earned six saves in 14 appearances for the independent Ducks in 2008, compiling a 2-1 record with a 1.62 ERA. He struck out 14 in 16.2 innings, allowing ten hits and three earned runs. In 51 career games with Long Island, he’s 6-3 with eight saves and 51 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. He served as the Ducks’ setup man before taking over the closer’s role at the beginning of the 2008 season.
Originally drafted by the White Sox in the 1999 draft, Valentine has appeared in 42 games at the Major League level, all with Cincinnati, going 2-4 with a 6.70 ERA and 39/37 K/BB ratio in 45 2-3 innings. His last appearance came in 2005. In eight minor league seasons, almost exclusively in relief, he’s 25-23 with a 3.57 ERA and 405/226 K/BB ratio, including 81 saves. The Phillies will be his sixth organization.