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Luis Valbuena

29-Year-Old Third Baseman – Houston Astros

2015 Stats

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.211

HR

3

RBI

4

R

3

SB

1

2015 Preseason Projections

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Valbuena was quietly one of the most valuable players on the Cubs in 2014, hitting 16 home runs and drawing 65 walks, all while playing two valuable infield positions. Traded to Houston in January, a ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 200   DOB: 11/30/1985   BORN: Zulia, Venezuela   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Luis Valbuena Contract Information:

Signed a one-year, $4.2 million deal with the Cubs in January of 2015, avoiding arbitration.

April 20, 2015  –  Luis Valbuena News

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Valbuena went 1-for-3 with two walks, two RBI, a stolen base and his third home run of the season in his return to the lineup Sunday against the Angels.

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Luis Valbuena Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 21 AA WES 122 505 444 55 106 37 23 3 11 44 10 6 48 83 6 6 1 .239 .311 .378 .689
2008 22 AA WES 70 277 240 43 73 23 12 2 9 40 8 4 31 37 4 2 0 .304 .381 .483 .864
2008 22 AAA TAC 58 246 212 41 64 11 9 0 2 20 10 4 28 32 6 0 0 .302 .383 .373 .756
2008 22 MAJ SEA 18 54 49 6 12 5 5 0 0 1 0 0 4 11 0 0 1 .245 .315 .347 .662
2009 23 AAA COL 21 90 73 13 23 8 4 2 2 11 3 3 16 11 1 0 0 .315 .438 .507 .945
2009 23 MAJ CLE 103 398 368 52 92 38 25 3 10 31 2 3 26 83 2 2 0 .250 .298 .416 .714
2010 24 AAA COL 25 119 96 23 30 15 8 1 6 20 2 0 19 21 2 1 1 .313 .427 .604 1.031
2010 24 MAJ CLE 91 310 275 22 53 14 12 0 2 24 1 2 28 61 2 2 3 .193 .273 .258 .531
2011 25 AAA COL 113 472 420 64 127 39 22 0 17 75 6 3 46 96 1 3 2 .302 .372 .476 .848
2011 25 MAJ CLE 17 44 43 4 9 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 9 0 0 0 .209 .227 .279 .506
2012 26 AAA IOW 58 246 211 38 64 26 17 1 8 31 1 1 28 50 0 6 1 .303 .378 .507 .885
2012 26 MAJ CHC 90 303 265 26 58 24 20 0 4 28 0 2 36 55 0 2 0 .219 .310 .340 .650
2013 27 R MES 2 8 7 2 5 2 2 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .714 .750 1.000 1.750
2013 27 A KAN 1 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333 .833
2013 27 MAJ CHC 108 391 331 34 72 28 15 1 12 37 1 4 53 63 1 2 4 .218 .331 .378 .709
2014 28 MAJ CHC 149 547 478 68 119 53 33 4 16 51 1 2 65 113 1 1 2 .249 .341 .435 .776
2015 29 MAJ HOU 10 42 38 3 8 4 1 0 3 4 1 0 4 9 0 0 0 .211 .286 .474 .760
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3-Year Averages     115 412 358 42 83 33 22 1 10 38 0 2 51 77 0 1 2 .232 .330 .383 .713
Career  (View All)     586 2,089 1,847 215 423 167 111 8 48 177 7 13 217 404 6 9 10 .229 .312 .376 .688

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Luis Valbuena Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 20 @Sea 3 2 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .244 .304 .634 .938
Apr. 19 LAA 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .211 .286 .474 .760
Apr. 18 LAA Did not play.
Apr. 17 LAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .243 .400 .643
Apr. 15 Oak 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .226 .273 .452 .725
Apr. 14 Oak 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .267 .357 .624
Apr. 13 Oak 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .160 .192 .320 .512
Apr. 12 @Tex 6 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .182 .286 .468
Apr. 11 @Tex 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .133 .188 .133 .321
Apr. 10 @Tex Did not play.
Apr. 9 Cle 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .091 .000 .091
Apr. 8 Cle 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Apr. 6 Cle 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 7 Days 20 4 7 1 0 4 6 3 3 1 0 0 1 0 .350 .417 1.000 1.417
Last 14 Days 41 5 10 1 0 5 7 4 9 1 0 0 1 0 .244 .304 .634 .938
Last 30 Days 41 5 10 1 0 5 7 4 9 1 0 0 1 0 .244 .304 .634 .938

Luis Valbuena: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 11
2014 21 124 2
2013 6 94 1 1 1
2012 5 82
2011 11 1 2 2 2
2010 71 9 5 1 1 3
2009 77 1 28

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Luis Valbuena Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201550000.200.400.733
20148381110.217.301.610
2013310060.226.323.647

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015365571.250.667.967
20143956015401.256.463.811
20133003412311.217.383.715

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015272231.185.444.735
2014227407250.251.441.792
2013158164191.228.361.710

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015143340.3571.0001.333
2014251289261.247.430.761
2013173188180.208.393.706
Luis Valbuena Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 21 AA WES 505 444 9.5% 16.4% 0.58 81% .271 .139
2008 22 AA WES 277 240 11.2% 13.4% 0.84 85% .330 .179
2008 22 AAA TAC 246 212 11.4% 13% 0.88 85% .348 .071
2008 22 MAJ SEA 54 49 7.4% 20.4% 0.36 78% .316 .102
2009 23 AAA COL 90 73 17.8% 12.2% 1.45 85% .350 .192
2009 23 MAJ CLE 398 368 6.5% 20.9% 0.31 77% .298 .166
2010 24 AAA COL 119 96 16% 17.6% 0.90 78% .348 .291
2010 24 MAJ CLE 310 275 9% 19.7% 0.46 78% .241 .065
2011 25 AAA COL 472 420 9.7% 20.3% 0.48 77% .358 .174
2011 25 MAJ CLE 44 43 2.3% 20.5% 0.11 79% .242 .070
2012 26 AAA IOW 246 211 11.4% 20.3% 0.56 76% .366 .204
2012 26 MAJ CHC 303 265 11.9% 18.2% 0.65 79% .262 .121
2013 27 R MES 8 7 12.5% 12.5% 1.00 86% .833 .286
2013 27 A KAN 4 3 25% 0% 0.00 100% .333 .000
2013 27 MAJ CHC 391 331 13.6% 16.1% 0.84 81% .234 .160
2014 28 MAJ CHC 547 478 11.9% 20.7% 0.58 76% .295 .186
2015 29 MAJ HOU 42 38 9.5% 21.4% 0.44 76% .192 .263
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3-Year Averages     412 358 12.4% 18.7% 0.66 78% .269 .151
Career     2,089 1,847 10.4% 19.3% 0.54 78% .269 .147

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2015 Stat Review for Luis Valbuena    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.211 AVG
TERRIBLE
76% Contact Rate
POOR
.192 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.474 SLG
GREAT
.263 ISO
ELITE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.44 BB/K
AVERAGE
9.5% BB Rate
GOOD
21.4% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

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.760 OPS
GOOD
.286 OBP
POOR

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Luis Valbuena: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Valbuena is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

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Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a walk during Tuesday's 4-0 loss to the A's.

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Valbuena hit his first home run of the season on Sunday against the Rangers.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup Friday against the Rangers.

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Valbuena will bat third for the Astros on Opening Day against the Indians.

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Valbuena is batting .429 (15-for-35) with five doubles and two home runs through 13 spring training games.

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Valbuena went 2-for-2 with a solo home run Thursday in the Astros' 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Phillies.

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Valbuena has been traded to the Astros in the Dexter Fowler deal.

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Valbuena avoided arbitration with the Cubs with a one-year, $4.2 million deal, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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Valbuena went 1-for-3 Monday as the Cubs were shut out by the Cardinals.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Friday against the Dodgers

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Valbuena went 2-for-4 in the Cubs' loss to Toronto on Wednesday.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

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Valbuena went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored Wednesday in a loss to the Giants.

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2015

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2014

Valbuena backed into the starting job at third base to start last season when Ian Stewart wasn't ready. He he went on to hit 12 home runs in 331 at-bats, but Valbuena wasn't really the answer either. His 53:63 BB:K ratio gives him some value on the diamond, but there isn't a whole lot to recommend in the fantasy world. He will probably compete with Donnie Murphy and perhaps Mike Olt for a job at the hot corner in the spring, but it's only a matter of time before Christian Villanueva and/or Kris Bryant arrive, so Valbuena's days could be numbered.

2013

After a strong showing in 211 Triple-A at-bats, Valbuena saw semi-regular work as the Cubs' third baseman, but struggled in that role, posting just a .650 OPS in 265 at-bats. Nonetheless, he managed 20 doubles and 36 walks in that span, and was largely derailed by a poor BABIP, some of which could regress positively to the mean should Valbuena get another chance. Assuming the Cubs don't sign a free-agent at the position, it's likely Valbuena will battle Ian Stewart for the job this spring, and eventually Josh Vitters, Javier Baez and/or Junior Lake could also be in the mix.

2012

Valbuena spent most of his time at Triple-A Columbus last season after failing to earn a roster spot in spring training, hitting .302 with 22 doubles and 17 homers in 113 games. He struggled in a couple of brief looks with the Indians, following the trend he established the previous season. The Blue Jays acquired him for cash in the offseason where he'll look to resurrect his career. If the results at Triple-A (career .304/.387/.468 in 937 plate appearances) are any indication, there may be a useful utility player buried here.

2011

Valbuena started the season as the team's starting second baseman but got demoted after an ugly start and didn't fare much better upon his recall. It all added up to an ugly .193/.273/.258 season and clouds his future as an everyday option for Cleveland. He'll likely back up second base, shortstop and third base for the Indians unless he has a torrid spring. There's not enough power and speed here to warrant much of a look.

2010

Valbuena was thrust into everyday duties following the trade of Mark DeRosa and quite simply wasn't ready to swim quite yet. A quick start at Triple-A (.321/.436/.538) opened up some organizational eyes and earned himself a promotion, but he likely was better served staying at Triple-A for the full season. He hit .250/.298/.416 but showed enough pop (10 homers) to give him the inside track on the second base job as spring opens. Considering the others options are non-roster invitee Luis Rodriguez and seeing what the heck former keystoner Jerry Browne is up to nowadays it's probably his job to lose.

2009

Valbuena had a breakout season in 2008. After hitting .239 in 2007 at Double-A with 83 strikeouts in 122 games, Valbuena hit .304 last season with 37 strikeouts and 31 walks, earning a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma, where he hit .302 with 32 strikeouts and 28 walks. Combined, he had 34 extra-base hits. He then impressed with his defense in a September call-up to Seattle. He was traded to the Indians in the three-way deal that sent J.J. Putz to the Mets. Valbuena needs more seasoning and needs to develop more power, but he might get a shot at second base with the Tribe, allowing Asdrubal Cabrera to play short and Jhonny Peralta to play third.