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“I feel really proud and really thankful for the opportunity this year,” Valdez told reporters on Saturday. “It means a lot to me for the manager to show that much confidence in me. I’ve demonstrated they can have that confidence in me with the effort I put forth this season. I’m super thankful for the moment and super happy to be here.”
In two postseason appearances, the 26-year-old Valdez has given up two runs on seven hits in 12 innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. During the regular season, he was 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA and 76 strikeouts.
He has thrown at least seven innings in seven of his 13 outings this season, including the playoffs.