The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Baseball program and Head Coach Brad Shelton are happy to announce the signing of Claudio Valencia from Yuma, AZ.
Claudio is a transfer from Arizona Western Community College. In 2012, he helped lead the team to a 33 win season as its third baseman and closer. As the team’s third baseman, Valencia hit .307 with 3 homeruns and 37 RBIs in a wood bat conference. Defensively, he earned a fielding percentage of .978 while only committing two errors in the field. As the team’s closer, he logged 4 saves in 10 appearances and did not surrender an earned run while striking out 12 hitters.
Coach Shelton had this to say about the signing of Valencia, "With the graduation of Mid-South Conference All-Conference third baseman Evan Bennett and our closer Quentin Bowman, we had two big positions to fill. We did that with one player in Claudio. He adds a left-handed bat to our lineup, steady defensive play, and a plus arm at the closer position. We are happy he has chosen to be a part of our program."
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