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Luis Valbuena

29-Year-Old Third Baseman – Chicago Cubs

2014 Stats

AVG

.249

HR

16

RBI

51

R

68

SB

1

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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. ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 195   DOB: 11/30/1985   BORN: Zulia, Venezuela   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Luis Valbuena Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the Cubs in January of 2014.

September 22, 2014  –  Luis Valbuena News

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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
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3-Year Averages     71 245 213 21 46 16 11 0 5 22 0 2 30 42 0 1 1 .216 .314 .338 .652
Career  (View All)     576 2,047 1,809 212 415 163 110 8 45 173 6 13 213 395 6 9 10 .229 .313 .374 .686

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Luis Valbuena Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Sep. 28 @Mil 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .249 .341 .435 .776
Sep. 27 @Mil 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .249 .341 .437 .778
Sep. 26 @Mil 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .251 .344 .440 .784
Sep. 24 StL 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .343 .442 .785
Sep. 23 StL 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .342 .441 .783
Sep. 22 StL 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .339 .443 .782
Sep. 21 LAD 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .252 .338 .443 .781
Sep. 20 LAD 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .335 .441 .776
Sep. 19 LAD Did not play.
Sep. 18 LAD 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .249 .333 .439 .772
Sep. 17 Cin 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .332 .440 .772
Sep. 16 Cin 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .331 .439 .770
Sep. 15 Cin 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .329 .440 .769
Sep. 14 @Pit 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .246 .329 .442 .771
Sep. 13 @Pit 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .330 .445 .775
Sep. 12 @Pit 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247 .327 .443 .770
Sep. 10 @Tor 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247 .328 .445 .773
Sep. 9 @Tor 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .245 .326 .440 .766
Sep. 8 @Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .247 .328 .444 .772
Sep. 7 Pit 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .249 .330 .447 .777
Sep. 6 Pit Did not play.
Sep. 5 Pit 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .249 .330 .449 .779
Sep. 3 Mil 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .328 .448 .776
Sep. 2 Mil 4 2 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .328 .450 .778
Sep. 1 Mil 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .246 .327 .447 .774
Aug. 31 @StL 5 1 3 1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .245 .325 .440 .765
Aug. 30 @StL 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .241 .322 .428 .750
Aug. 30 @StL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .240 .320 .429 .749
Aug. 29 @StL 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .323 .433 .756
Aug. 28 @Cin 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .242 .322 .426 .748
Last 7 Days 22 3 5 2 0 0 1 8 5 0 0 0 0 2 .227 .433 .318 .751
Last 14 Days 42 8 11 3 0 0 3 13 10 0 0 0 0 2 .262 .436 .333 .769
Last 30 Days 97 20 27 9 0 3 8 19 22 0 0 2 0 3 .278 .407 .464 .871

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Luis Valbuena: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
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
20148381110.217.301.610
2013310060.226.323.647
2012567190.196.321.624

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20143956015401.256.463.811
20133003412311.217.383.715
2012209193190.225.344.657

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014227407250.251.441.792
2013158164191.228.361.710
2012138142150.225.341.666

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014251289261.247.430.761
2013173188180.208.393.706
2012127122130.213.339.632
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
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3-Year Averages     245 213 12.2% 17.1% 0.71 80% .247 .122
Career     2,047 1,809 10.4% 19.3% 0.54 78% .270 .145

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2014 Stat Review for Luis Valbuena    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.249 AVG
WEAK
76% Contact Rate
WEAK
.295 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.435 SLG
GOOD
.186 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.58 BB/K
GOOD
11.9% BB Rate
GREAT
20.7% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.776 OPS
GOOD
.341 OBP
GOOD

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

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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Valbuena (illness) is in the starting lineup Sunday against the Mets, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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Valbuena (illness) will be held out of the lineup again Saturday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Friday against the Mets.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rays.

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Valbuena hit a solo shot and also drew two walks in Sunday's victory over the Dodgers.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Saturday versus the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

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Valbuena hit his ninth homer of the year Friday against the Dodgers as he went 2-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI.

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Valbuena went 3-for-5 with a home run, one run scored and three RBI in Wednesday’s loss to the Rockies.

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Valbuena is out of the lineup Monday against the Rockies.

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2014

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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.