According to this press release, via NJ.com, the Camden Riversharks announced today that designated hitter, Valentino Pascucci has signed a contract with the New York Mets organization. He will join New York’s AAA team, the Buffalo Bisons, of the International League.
“Valentino was a team leader for us. He came in as a former major league payer and worked hard to reprove himself,” Team Manager, Von Hayes said.
In the 1999 draft, Valentino was originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the 15th round. In 2004, he made his major league debut, appearing in 32 games for the Expos. He had 6 runs, 6 RBI’s and compiled a .177 batting average in his major league debut.
Since 2003, Valentino has consistently been playing at the AAA level, primarily in the Pacific Coast League. He split his time during the 2009 season between two clubs, the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Portland Beavers. Collectively, he amassed 62 runs, 77 RBI’s, 104 hits and registered a .244 batting average as a first baseman and designated hitter.
Last season, Pascucci hit .248 with a .348 OBP, 19 HR, 25 doubles and 77 RBI in 126 games in Triple-A for the Padres and Dodgers.