Boca Raton, Fla.
Spanish River HS
Danny Valencia will move to third base after starting 56 games at first base in 2005 … has one of the strongest arms on the team … played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the Alaska Baseball League last summer and hit .256 with three home runs and 17 RBIs … joined the Hurricanes after an outstanding freshman season at North Carolina-Greensboro … was named the Freshman of the Year by the Southern Conference Sports Media Association … played both third base and shortstop at UNC-Greensboro.
Started 58 of the 60 games he played in … had 56 starts at first base and two starts at third base…. named to the All-Regional team at first base … second on the team with 63 RBIs hitting in the five-hole … hit .300 with 15 doubles, three triples and six home runs … Led the team with 490 putouts … set team single-game highs with five hits, eight RBIs and two triples at Virginia Tech (4/9) … Coral Gables Regional (6/3-5): Had a hit in all three Regional games and was named to the All-Regional team at first base … hit a solo home run in the third inning in the Regional opener against Virginia Commonwealth … hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning in the first game against Mississippi State (6/4) that ended up being the game-winning run … hit a two-run double to get Miami on the board in the first inning of the Regional Championship against Miss. St. ACC Tournament (5/25-26): Went 1-for-4 against N.C. State (5/25), scoring Miami’s only run of the game … hitless in three at-bats against Clemson. At Clemson (5/19-21): – Went 2-for-11 with an RBI and run scored. At Virginia (5/13-15): Hit .545 in the series … went 2-for-5 in the opener with two RBIs … went 3-for-4 and hit a solo home run to win the game in the fifth inning in the second game … went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the series finale but had a streak of eight consecutive games with an RBI ended. Vs. Jacksonville (5/6-8): Batted in four runs in the series … went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the series’ second game. Vs. Maryland (4/29-5/1): Was 3-for-13 in the series with three RBIs. Vs. Florida State (4/22-24): Went 2-for-3 in the opener with a run scored but went 0-for-8 the rest of the series. At North Carolina (4/15-17): Posted three hits in five at-bats in the series’ second game with two RBIs. At Virginia Tech (4/8-10): Totaled 10 RBIs in the series … set team single-game highs with five hits, eight RBIs and two triples, and hit a home run in the second game of the series … went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs in the opener … Vs. Oral Roberts (3/31-4/3): Did not start the middle-two games of the series due to a hand injury … went 0-for-6 in the series. Vs. Georgia Tech (3/25-3/27): Missed the middle game of the series due to a hand injury … went 0-for-7 in the series with an RBI. At Wake Forest (3/18-20): Had game-winning RBIs in both of Miami’s wins … hit a three-run home run in the second inning of the series-opening win … went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and four RBIs in the series finale. Vs. Rutgers (3/16): Went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two doubles. Vs. Duke (3/11-13): Had a hit and run scored in each of Miami’s three wins … hit his first triple of the season in the series opener. Vs. Pittsburgh (3/8): Hit a pair of doubles, including a game-winning two-RBI double in the first inning. Vs. N.C. State (3/4-6): Batted in two runs in the series finale. Vs. George Washington (2/25-27): Posted RBIs in all three games … closed out the series with a 4-for-4 effort that included two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. At Florida (2/18-20): Laid down an RBI-bunt in the ninth inning to score Jon Jay for the series-opening win … went 4-for-13 in the series … Vs. South Florida (2/11-13): Went 3-for-8 in the series with a pair of RBIs and four runs scored. Vs. High Point (2/4-6): Hit .500 in the series that included a 3-for-4 effort with three RBIs in the series finale. Vs. FIU (2/1): Went 1-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in his first game as a Hurricane.
UNC Greensboro (2004)
Valencia was voted the SoCon Freshman of the Year by the conference media association … second-team All-Southern Conference selection … batted .338 while leading the team with eight home runs, 22 doubles and 117 total bases … finished second on the Spartans squad with a .527 slugging percentage, 39 runs scored and 36 RBI … collected 11 three-hit games … hit two home runs against Appalachian State on May 9 … had four three-RBI games … scored a career-best four runs against Wake Forest on April 7 … went 4-for-5 with three RBI against the Demon Deacons that day.
Valencia played for head coach Don Thrasher at Spanish River High School … three-time first-team All-Palm Beach County honoree … three-year starter at shortstop for the Sharks. Senior (2003): Valencia hit .575 with five home runs and 38 RBI … collected 18 doubles and stole nine bases … named the team MVP … first-team All-County honoree … second-team All-State accolades. Junior (2002): Earned Offensive Player of the Year honors after hitting .430 with four home runs and 27 RBI … stole seven bases … first-team All-County and second-team All-State selection. Sophomore (2001): named the team MVP and a first-team All-Palm Beach County honoree.
Son of Mike and Mindy Valencia … has one sister, Laura … attended the same high school as former UM football standout Jason Geathers … enjoys fishing and traveling … majoring in business administration.
Valencia’s Career Statistics
Year BA G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLUG SB-SBA SO BB HBP SF SH OB% PO A E FLD2004* .338 55-54 222 39 75 16 1 8 36 117 .527 1-2 34 16 1 1 3 .383 45 144 14 .9262005 .300 60-58 227 39 68 15 3 6 63 107 .471 9-12 23 21 2 6 2 .355 490 52 12 .978Totals .318 115-112 449 78 143 31 4 14 99 224 .499 10-14 57 37 3 7 5 .369 535 196 26 .967*At UNC Greensboro