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Luis Valbuena

28-Year-Old Third Baseman – Chicago Cubs

2014 Stats

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.207

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0

RBI

1

R

3

SB

0

2014 RotoWire 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.

March 24, 2014  –  Luis Valbuena News

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Valbuena's hot hitting continued Sunday, as he hit two home runs for the second game in a row. He has five home runs in his last three games.

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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 12 36 29 3 6 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 7 9 0 0 0 .207 .361 .241 .602
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Luis Valbuena
3-Year Averages MAJ   71 245 213 21 46 16 11 0 5 22 0 2 30 42 0 1 1 .216 .314 .338 .652
Career  (View All) MAJ   439 1536 1360 147 302 111 78 4 29 123 5 11 155 291 5 8 8 .222 .304 .349 .653

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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
Apr. 16 @NYY 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .207 .361 .241 .602
Apr. 16 @NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .185 .313 .222 .535
Apr. 15 @NYY Did not play.
Apr. 13 @StL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .345 .250 .595
Apr. 12 @StL 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .357 .261 .618
Apr. 11 @StL 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .360 .200 .560
Apr. 10 Pit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .409 .235 .644
Apr. 9 Pit Did not play.
Apr. 8 Pit 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .429 .250 .679
Apr. 6 Phi 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .471 .250 .721
Apr. 5 Phi Did not play.
Apr. 4 Phi 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .538 .333 .871
Apr. 3 @Pit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .429 .600 .429 1.029
Apr. 2 @Pit 6 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Mar. 31 @Pit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1.000 .000 1.000
Last 7 Days 13 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .267 .231 .498
Last 14 Days 29 3 6 1 0 0 1 6 9 0 0 0 0 1 .207 .343 .241 .584
Last 30 Days 29 3 6 1 0 0 1 7 9 0 0 0 0 1 .207 .361 .241 .602

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Luis Valbuena: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 1 10
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
2013310060.226.323.647
2012567190.196.321.624
2011122111.250.500.750

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133003412311.217.383.715
2012209193190.225.344.657
2011312000.194.194.412

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013158164191.228.361.710
2012138142150.225.341.666
2011151001.200.200.450

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013173188180.208.393.706
2012127122130.213.339.632
2011283110.214.321.536
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 36 29 19.4% 25% 0.78 69% .300 .034
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3-Year Averages MAJ   245 213 12.2% 17.1% 0.71 80% .247 .122
Career MAJ   1536 1360 10.1% 18.9% 0.53 79% .263 .127

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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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.207 AVG
TERRIBLE
69% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.300 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.241 SLG
TERRIBLE
.034 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.78 BB/K
ELITE
19.4% BB Rate
ELITE
25.0% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

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.602 OPS
TERRIBLE
.361 OBP
GREAT

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Best Matchups for Luis Valbuena (by OPS, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Bartolo Colon NY-N 5 2 2 3 0 0 0 .400 1.600 1.933
Bronson Arroyo AZ 13 6 2 2 2 1 0 .462 1.231 1.764
Zach Stewart ATL 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 .800 .800 1.600
John Danks CHI-A 4 3 0 1 1 0 0 .750 .750 1.550
Marco Estrada MIL 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 .250 1.000 1.500
David Hernandez AZ 7 3 1 1 0 2 0 .429 .857 1.286
Dillon Gee NY-N 8 4 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .750 1.250
Santiago Casilla SF 4 2 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .750 1.250
Mark Buehrle TOR 5 1 1 3 2 0 0 .200 .800 1.175
Bruce Chen KC 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 .500 .500 1.167

Worst Matchups for Luis Valbuena (by OPS, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Matt Garza MIL 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Phil Hughes MIN 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Tommy Hunter BAL 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Brandon Kintzler MIL 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Nathan DET 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Guerrier MIN 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Randy Choate STL 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Gerrit Cole PIT 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Michael Kohn ANA 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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

Valbuena hit his second home run of the spring Wednesday.

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Valbuena will play third base in the Cubs' Cactus League opener Thursday.

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Valbuena and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.7 million contract on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates.

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Valbuena is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Brewers.

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Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double Monday against the Reds.

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Valbuena hit a two-run homer Saturday, his first home run since July 20.

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Valbuena (oblique) was activated from the disabled list on Sunday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Valbuena (oblique) will join Low-A Kane County to continue his rehab assignment, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Valbuena (oblique) had three hits in a rehab game for Arizona League Mesa on Thursday.

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Valbuena (oblique) began a rehab assignment with the Cubs' rookie league team Tuesday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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Valbuena (oblique) will take batting practice Thursday but is not yet ready to begin a rehab assignment, the Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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.