Player Page

Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman | #18

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Angels topped the Astros on Sunday.
His two-run double broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning and put the Halos on top for good. He's hitting just .194/.286/.424 on the season, though he has clubbed 21 home runs and plated 60 runs. Sep 25 - 12:00 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Luis Valbuena clubbed his 21st home run of the season as the Angels fell to the Astros on Thursday night.

His solo shot off of Brad Peacock in the fourth inning cut the Angels' deficit to 2-1. Valbuena finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting an anemic .199/.289/.441 with 21 homers and 57 RBI.
Sep 15 - 1:45 AM

Luis Valbuena had a two-run homer and a double in Wednesday's rout of the Astros.

Valbuena is hitting .314 with nine RBI in 35 at-bats against his former team thus year. The homer was his 20th of the season, and he's tied his career high with 56 RBI, even though he's had about 175 fewer at-bats this year (302 so far) than in 2014 and 130 fewer than in 2015, when he set the career high.
Sep 14 - 2:29 AM

Luis Valbuena crushed a solo home run on Sunday as the Angels beat the Mariners in Seattle.

His solo shot off of Erasmo Ramirez tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh inning. He finished the day 1-for-4, raising his season slash to .197/.290/.424 with 19 homers and 54 RBI. Aside from the occasional power, he isn't a valuable contributor from a fantasy perspective.
Sep 10 - 7:51 PM

Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

The Astros looked like they might run away with this one early and held a 4-0 lead after four innings before the Angels got to work. They would score three runs in the fifth inning via a bases-clearing double by Ben Revere to draw to within 4-3. Valbuena would flip the score in favor of the Halos one frame later with his two-run home run, but the Astros would come back against the bullpen to ultimately land this one in the loss column for the home team. While Valbuena is hitting just .208/.288/.434 for the season as a whole, he has been in a power groove of late, having clocked five home runs in his last 10 games.
Aug 27 - 6:59 PM

Luis Valbuena had a three-run homer and an RBI single against the Rangers on Wednesday.

The Angels haven't really missed Yunel Escobar with both Valbuena and C.J. Cron playing well. Valbuena now has 10 homers and 24 RBI in 79 at-bats since the break. The tough call for Mike Scioscia will be what to do when Escobar returns, something that could happen early next week. Benching Albert Pujols would be the appropriate move, but we doubt he'll do that.
Aug 24 - 1:54 AM

Luis Valbuena drilled a pair of home runs in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

He hit a solo shot in the second inning and a two-run jack in the fourth -- both off starter Kevin Gausman. He also walked in the contest. The veteran corner infielder has struggled to hit for average this year but still has plenty of thump. He has a .197 batting average with 15 home runs and 42 RBI in 244 at-bats.
Aug 20 - 12:08 AM

Luis Valbuena doubled and homered in the Angels' defeat of the Nationals on Wednesday.

The homer -- a solo shot off Tanner Roark in the top of the fifth inning -- was the 13th of the season for Valbuena. The double was his ninth. He's batting .193/.264/.395 through 79 games played.
Aug 16 - 4:19 PM

Luis Valbuena finished 0-for-3 in the Angels' loss to the Athletics on Saturday.

Valbuena is in a deep offensive rut and batting just .191/.267/.373 over 72 total games this season. His two-year, $15 million deal with Anaheim has been a bust so far.
Aug 6 - 12:37 AM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Indians on Wednesday.

He doubled home Andrelton Simmons in the second inning, then launched a solo home run off starter Carlos Carrasco in the seventh. It was a rare good game for Valbuena, who has a .197 batting average with 11 home runs and 32 RBI in 64 games.
Jul 27 - 12:21 AM

Luis Valbuena finished 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Saturday's home loss against Tampa Bay.

Valbuena homered in back-to-back games from June 17-20, and then he managed just one homer and four RBI over his past 17 outings. He has struggled with consistency all season and he is still hitting just .188 overall. Valbuena has been plagued by injuries this season and he just hasn't seemed to be able to get into a groove at any point so far. Perhaps Saturday's game will be the jump start he needs.
Jul 16 - 3:31 AM

Luis Valbuena finished hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's loss in Texas.

Valbuena has six homers and 23 RBI, which puts him on pace for his 2016 power totals. However, he is down to .188 in the average department and that isn't helping anybody. Until he gets his average up to at least his career mark of .229, he can mostly be avoided in most fantasy formats.
Jul 9 - 2:06 AM

Luis Valbuena was hitless in four at-bats with a pair of strikeouts in Tuesday's road loss against the Dodgers.

Valbuena missed the first month of the season due to a hamstring strain and he just hasn't been able to get on track in two months since. The veteran has been under the Mendoza line since May 17, going just 18 for his past 113 at-bats (.159). There are very few things for fantasy owners to like about Valbuena at the moment.
Jun 28 - 1:28 AM

Luis Valbuena finished 2-for-4 with a three-run home run in Saturday's victory against Kansas City.

Valbuena has posted seven RBI over his past eight outings, as perhaps he is turning a corner after struggling since mid-May. He still finds himself well below the Mendoza line and needs a few more performances like this before most fantasy owners can trust him again.
Jun 18 - 1:15 AM

Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the loss to the Yankees on Monday.

Valbuena had a fine first week back from the disabled list last month, but in the last 30 days, he's had just one multi-hit game and one homer. Overall, he's batting .173 with three homers and 13 RBI in 110 at-bats. Things should get better, but he stands to lose a lot of playing time if C.J. Cron can heat up before he does.
Jun 13 - 1:56 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
3Carlos Perez
1B1Luis Valbuena
2C.J. Cron
3Jefry Marte
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Kaleb Cowart
3Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Justin Upton
2Ben Revere
3Shane Robinson
CF1Mike Trout
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2J.C. Ramirez
3Parker Bridwell
4Tyler Skaggs
5Andrew Heaney
6Alex Meyer
7Garrett Richards
8Matt Shoemaker
9Troy Scribner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Bud Norris
4Keynan Middleton
5Yusmeiro Petit
6Jesse Chavez
7Huston Street
8Jose Alvarez
9Andrew Bailey
10Blake Wood
11Fernando Salas
12Deolis Guerra
13Noe Ramirez
14Eduardo Paredes