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Luis Valbuena

30-Year-Old Third Baseman – Houston Astros

2016 Stats

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.260

HR

13

RBI

40

R

38

SB

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2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The Astros rewarded Valbuena for his hot spring (.380 average), inserting him as their everyday third baseman to open 2015, but he quickly fell into a platoon at the position due to his struggles at t...

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STATUS:  15-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Hamstring     EST. RETURN:  2/1/2017
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 217   DOB: 11/30/1985
BORN: Zulia, Venezuela   COLLEGE: None  DRAFTED: No  Show ContractHide Contract

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Luis Valbuena Contract Information:

Agreed to terms on a one-year, $6.125 million deal with Houston in January 2016, avoiding arbitration.

August 25, 2016  –  Luis Valbuena News

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Valbuena successfully underwent hamstring surgery Thursday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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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 132 493 434 62 97 43 18 0 25 56 1 0 50 106 0 3 6 .224 .310 .438 .748
2016 30 MAJ HOU 90 342 292 38 76 31 17 1 13 40 1 1 44 81 3 2 1 .260 .357 .459 .816
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3-Year Averages     129 476 414 54 96 40 22 1 17 48 1 2 56 94 0 2 4 .232 .328 .413 .741
Career  (View All)     798 2,882 2,535 312 588 237 145 9 83 269 8 14 307 582 9 14 17 .232 .317 .394 .712

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Luis Valbuena Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games 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
Aug. 27 TB Did not play.
Aug. 26 TB Did not play.
Aug. 24 @Pit Did not play.
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Aug. 22 @Pit Did not play.
Aug. 21 @Bal Did not play.
Aug. 20 @Bal Did not play.
Aug. 19 @Bal Did not play.
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Aug. 17 StL Did not play.
Aug. 16 StL Did not play.
Aug. 14 @Tor Did not play.
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Aug. 12 @Tor Did not play.
Aug. 11 @Min Did not play.
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Aug. 10 @Min Did not play.
Aug. 9 @Min Did not play.
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Aug. 7 Tex Did not play.
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Aug. 5 Tex Did not play.
Aug. 4 Tor Did not play.
Aug. 3 Tor Did not play.
Aug. 2 Tor Did not play.
Aug. 1 Tor Did not play.
Jul. 31 @Det Did not play.
Jul. 30 @Det Did not play.
Jul. 29 @Det Did not play.
Jul. 27 NYY Did not play.
Last 7 Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

Luis Valbuena: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 8 1 81
2015 31 1 99 2
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
2016756290.267.400.741
2015114145110.158.316.581
20148381110.217.301.610

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20162173211311.258.479.841
20153204820451.247.481.808
20143956015401.256.463.811

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016147239221.286.524.911
20152063015301.204.447.737
2014227407250.251.441.792

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016145154180.234.393.718
20152283210260.241.430.758
2014251289261.247.430.761
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 493 434 10.1% 21.5% 0.47 76% .238 .214
2016 30 MAJ HOU 342 292 12.9% 23.7% 0.54 72% .318 .199
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3-Year Averages     476 414 11.8% 19.7% 0.60 77% .261 .181
Career     2,882 2,535 10.7% 20.2% 0.53 77% .270 .162

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2016 Stat Review for Luis Valbuena    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.260 AVG
WEAK
72% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.318 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
Power

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.459 SLG
GOOD
.199 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.54 BB/K
GOOD
12.9% BB Rate
ELITE
23.7% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

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.816 OPS
GOOD
.357 OBP
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Luis Valbuena: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Manager A.J. Hinch announced Tuesday that Valbuena (hamstring) will undergo season-ending surgery, Julia Morales of ROOT Sports reports.

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Valbuena will have his hamstring examined Wednesday to decide whether surgery will be necessary, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Valbuena (hamstring) suffered a setback in his rehab and has been sent back to Houston, Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Valbuena (hamstring) was spotted jogging and stretching prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Angel Verdejo of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Valbuena (hamstring) has yet to resume running, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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Valbuena (hamstring) was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

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Manager A.J. Hinch indicated after Wednesday's game that Valbuena (hamstring) appears doubtful for Friday's series opener against the Tigers, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

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The Astros are hopeful that Valbuena (hamstring) will be able to avoid a stint on the disabled list, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

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 similar role in 2015 seems likely, but the long-term future for Valbuena remains uncertain. He'll qualify at third base and second base in most leagues in 2015, but with uber-prospect Carlos Correa moving through the Astros' system, it would hardly be surprising to see Valbuena on the move again before Opening Day of 2016 as he seems to be a viable placeholder for rebuilding clubs.

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.