Valbuena
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.199
HR
9
RBI
33
R
23
SB
3
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Valbuena wasted a career-high 19.0 percent HR/FB, recording a career-worst 14.3 percent line drive rate. While he hit 22 homers in just 401 plate appearances, the low line drive rate combined with a 26.4 percent strikeout rate torpedoed his average to a meager .199. Valbuen... read more
Valbuena wasted a career-high 19.0 percent HR/FB, recording a career-worst 14.3 percent line drive rate. While he hit 22 homers in just 401 plate appearances, the low line drive rate combined with a 26.4 percent strikeout rate torpedoed his average to a meager .199. Valbuena typically struggled in the few chances versus southpaws (.423 OPS in 38 at-bats), but the lefty-swinging cornerman usually makes it up versus right-handers. However, despite 21 homers with a righty on the hill, a .210 average in that scenario was a category buzzkill. With everyone hitting 20-something homers nowadays, a batting average bounce back is needed for Valbuena to be useful, even in AL-only leagues. While a .210 BABIP should push more towards his career .262 mark, a five-year trend of increasing strikeouts tempers the rebound. The Angels signed Zack Cozart to play third base and Shohei Ohtani will occasionally DH, pushing Albert Pujols to first base on occasion, and likely limiting Valbuena to a part-time role off the bench.
LEAGUE: Free Agent    BATS: L    Throws: R    HT: 5'11"    WT: 215 lbs.    DOB: 11/30/1985    College: None    Drafted: 2002Show Contract
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Luis Valbuena Contract Info:
Signed a two-year contract with the Angels in January of 2017. Released by the Angels in August of 2018.
Released by Angels
3BFree Agent  
August 7, 2018
Valbuena was released by the Angels on Tuesday.
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2018 Stat Review for Luis Valbuena
0.19 BB/K
TERRIBLE
6.6 % BB Rate
WEAK
34.7 % K Rate
TERRIBLE
0.588 OPS
TERRIBLE
0.253 OBP
TERRIBLE
0.199 AVG
TERRIBLE
0.277 BABIP
LOW
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  1. Luis Valbuena 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Luis Valbuena 2017 Preseason Outlook
    The Astros were Valbuena's fourth organization in his career, but he has stuck with each organization for at least two seasons and his age-30 campaign was the best of his career. Valbuena has long posted impressive walk totals without killing anyone in strikeouts, but his career BABIP of .268 has killed his overall line, and his .315 mark of 2016 was the first sample of more than 55 plate appearances with a BABIP greater than .300 (considered league average) in his career. His pull-happy power is predictable if nothing else: of his 13 home runs in 2016, 12 were sent down the right-field line. Valbuena brings enough pop to the plate to keep opposing pitchers honest, having ripped as many as 53 extra-base hits in a season (that was in 2014) and his versatility to play either infield corner should provide him with enough opportunities to make a dent. However, after signing with the Angels over the offseason, he's expected to compete with C.J. Cron for playing time at first base, which is a battle that certainly isn't a sure win for Valbuena.
  3. Luis Valbuena 2016 Preseason 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 the plate against lefties (.158 BAA). A flyball-heavy approach resulted in career-highs in home runs (25) and RBI (56), and while 44 percent of his hits went for extra bases, Valbuena finished with a poor .224 batting average. The 30-year-old would be best suited to remain in a platoon, but general manager Jeff Luhnow said in the offseason that Valbuena will play every day between first base and third in 2016.
  4. Luis Valbuena 2015 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  5. Luis Valbuena 2014 Preseason 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. 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.
  6. Luis Valbuena 2013 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  7. Luis Valbuena 2012 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  8. Luis Valbuena 2011 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  9. Luis Valbuena 2010 Preseason Outlook
    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.
  10. Luis Valbuena 2009 Preseason Outlook
    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.
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Released by Angels
3BFree Agent  
August 7, 2018
Valbuena was released by the Angels on Tuesday.
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Designated for assignment
3BLos Angeles Angels  
August 5, 2018
The Angels designated Valbuena for assignment Sunday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Not regaining starting role
3BLos Angeles Angels  
August 4, 2018
Valbuena will sit for the second straight game Saturday against Cleveland, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Out of Friday's lineup
3BLos Angeles Angels  
August 3, 2018
Valbuena is not in the lineup against the Indians on Friday.
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Path to playing time re-opens following trade
3BLos Angeles Angels  
July 31, 2018
Valbuena could regain regular playing time following Ian Kinsler's trade to the Red Sox on Monday, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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