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Luis Valbuena | Second Baseman

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Luis Valbuena homered off lefty specialist Xavier Cedeno in Friday's loss to the Nationals.
Valbuena is a lock to start at third against righties, but he'd like to have the job against lefties, too. Matt Dominguez and Marwin Gonzalez seemed like the leading candidates for that role, but as hot as Valbuena has been, maybe he'll get the job. Vabuena is 12-for-28 with two homers this spring. Mar 20 - 4:22 PM

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Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the Astros' 7-6 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

The Astros have yet to decide whether to bat Jose Altuve first or second. Valbuena should be hoping it lines up just like it did today, with Altuve leading off and Valbuena following in the two hole. If Altuve hits second, as he did for much of last year, Valbuena probably won't be a candidate to lead off.
Mar 10 - 5:14 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-2 with a wind-aided homer Thursday versus the Philies.

The homer, which came off Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, was described by the Phillies' radio guys as looking like a routine flyball off the bat. Still, he'll take it. Valbuena appears set to serve as the Astros' third baseman against right-handed pitching, giving him value in AL-only leagues.
Mar 5 - 4:27 PM

Astros acquired INF Luis Valbuena and LHP Dan Straily from the Cubs for OF Dexter Fowler.

Valbuena's exit helps pave the way for the emergence of Cubs' super-prospect Kris Bryant at some point later this season. Given that the Astros infield is already set with Matt Dominguez, Jose Altuve and Jed Lowrie, it looks like Valbuena will be serving a bench-utility role. In 2014, he slashed .249/.341/.435. While Valbuena did hit 16 home runs and 33 doubles last season, both numbers were career highs and with a career slugging percentage of .374, Valbuena doesn't warrant much fantasy consideration.
Jan 19 - 11:19 AM

Cubs and INF Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.2 million contract.

Valbuena had a nice year for the Cubs in 2014, batting .249/.341/.435 with 16 homers. He'll open the year as the starter at third base but is just keeping the seat warm for Kris Bryant.
Jan 16 - 3:07 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

Valbuena has been hitting well of late, as he's 8-for-19 with two doubles, three RBI and five runs scored over his past five games. Valbuena is hitting .252/.338/.443 with 51 RBI and 66 runs scored in what will represent a career year for the 28-year-old.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 08:06:00 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Valbuena had an RBI single and a run scored in the Cubs' four-run first inning. He also doubled and scored in the fifth inning. Valbuena has hits in eight of his last nine games, bringing his line up to .248/.328/.450.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 11:40:00 PM

Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Brewers on Monday.

The eighth inning solo shot was Valbuena's only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-3. While Valbuena might just be treading water for the Cubs until Kris Bryant breaks out of the minors like an angry bear, the 28-year old third-baseman has put up a career year in 2014. It helps that the Cubs are bad enough to be able to give Valbuena 400+ ABs. He's slashing .245/.325/.440.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 05:26:00 PM

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Valbuena capped the Cubs' five-run second inning with his 15th home run of the year. The third baseman came a triple shy of the cycle, his first multi-hit game in over a week. Valbuena is hitting .245/.325/.440 on the year.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 07:09:00 PM

Luis Valbuena walked and hit a solo home run in four at-bats in the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

Valbuena belted a solo home run to right field off of Mat Latos, the first of back-to-back home runs with Jorge Soler. The third baseman has hit three home runs in his last seven games, giving him 13 on the season along with 43 RBI and a .241/.322/.428 slash line.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Luis Valbuena is back in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

Valbuena didn't start the last two games due to a sinus issue, though he did pinch-hit Saturday. He's batting .232/.318/.406 this season.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 11:29:00 AM

Luis Valbuena won't start until at least Sunday due to the flu.

He will, however, be available to pinch-hit the next two days. Chris Valaika is at third base Friday in Valbuena's place.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-5 with a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning, but the Cubs fell in 10 innings to the Rockies on Wednesday.

Valbuena brought the Cubs to a 4-2 deficit with an RBI single in the sixth inning, then knotted it up at 4-4 with a two-run blast off of Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle. Ultimately, the Cubs fell in 10 innings despite Valbuena's best efforts. The third baseman has had a good season, slashing .253/.336/.434 with eight home runs and 34 RBI.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 11:35:00 PM

MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Athletics and Giants are "sifting through" potential options at second base, including Luis Valbuena, Asdrubal Cabrera, Aaron Hill, Martin Prado and Gordon Beckham.

With Chase Utley not expected to be traded, the above group is the best of the lot for contenders looking to upgrade at second base. Of the five, only Hill and Beckham list second as their main position. However, all have plenty of experience at the keystone. The D'Backs appear much more willing to deal Hill than Prado.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 11:29:00 AM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

Valbuena had an RBI double in the seventh inning to give the Cubs a short-lived lead, his 18th RBI of the season. He's now had six multi-hit games in his last eight, raising his average to .292. Valbuena is also somewhat surprisingly among the National League leaders with a .391 on-base percentage in what's been a strong offensive season for the 28-year-old.
Tue, Jun 17, 2014 11:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
1B1Chris Carter
2Jon Singleton
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Robbie Grossman
3L.J. Hoes
CF1Jake Marisnick
2Alex Presley
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Brett Oberholtzer
5Roberto Hernandez
6Brad Peacock
7Asher Wojciechowski
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Samuel Deduno
8Kevin Chapman
9Joe Thatcher
10Jason Stoffel