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Luis Valbuena | First 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
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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

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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

Luis Valbuena went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Twins.

The double was just Valbuena's second of the season. He has struggled mightily with the bat this year and is hitting a paltry .167/.273/.281 with three homers and 10 RBI over the course of 96 at-bats.
Jun 4 - 7:05 PM

Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 in the loss to the Rays on Thursday, dropping his average to .167.

Valbuena did just fine in his first 10 games back from the disabled list, but he's 2-for-35 with no extra-base hits since. The Angels also aren't getting anything from Jefry Marte, so perhaps C.J. Cron will rejoin the team soon.
May 25 - 4:31 PM

Luis Valbuena went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday’s loss to the Mets.

Valbuena started out hot after coming off the DL, but he's now hitless over his last 17 at-bats. The 31-year-old is locked into regular at-bats against right-handed starters and could supply some useful power in deeper fantasy formats. He posted a .776 OPS (114 OPS+) from 2014-2016.
May 19 - 10:38 PM

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-5 and hit his second homer Friday against the Tigers.

C.J. Cron is off to a great start in his rehab assignment, but Valbuena is clearly locked into a starting spot against right-handers; as it should be. The question is whether the Angels would be better off using him as a DH over Albert Pujols or a third baseman over Yunel Escobar than as a first baseman over Cron. We're not sure about the answer to that one, but we doubt that the Angels will look to make a change in either spot.
May 13 - 1:27 AM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer against the A's on Monday.

Valbuena is 6-for-19 since coming off the disabled list, giving him a .316 average. That won't last for long at all, but he will hit for enough power to be a decent piece for the Angels.
May 9 - 1:36 AM

Luis Valbuena made the start at first base in Saturday's game against the Astros, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Valbuena batted cleanup while playing first base while Albert Pujols had a partial rest serving as the designated hitter. He was signed to a two-year, $15 million deal during the offseason so expect the Halos to lean upon him plenty now that he is healthy again. If he is available off the waiver wire in AL-only fantasy play he should be scooped up immediately.
May 7 - 5:17 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2C.J. Cron
2B1Kaleb Cowart
2Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2J.C. Ramirez
3Parker Bridwell
4Tyler Skaggs
5Andrew Heaney
6Alex Meyer
7Garrett Richards
8Matt Shoemaker
9Nick Tropeano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cam Bedrosian
2Blake Parker
3Bud Norris
4Keynan Middleton
5Jesse Chavez
6Yusmeiro Petit
7Eduardo Paredes
8Andrew Bailey
9Huston Street