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Luis Valbuena | Third 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 is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.
It looks like he's just getting a day off. Jonathan Villar is at third base Sunday in Valbuena's place. May 3 - 11:18 AM

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Luis Valbuena hit a pair of solo home runs and lifted a sacrifice fly to help the Astros beat the Mariners on Monday.

Valbuena hit his first homer in the first inning off of Hisashi Iwakuma and his second in the eighth inning against Danny Farquhar. Valbuena, pushed out of the picture with the Cubs by the impending arrival of Kris Bryant, has been a nice find for the Astros. He has five home runs, seven RBI, and a .244/.304/.634 slash line in 46 plate appearances.
Apr 21 - 1:37 AM

Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros' lineup Friday.

Colby Rasmus is also sitting versus southpaw Derek Holland, as manager A.J. Hinch is going with Jonathan Villar at third base and Robbie Grossman in left field. Also notable is that the struggling Evan Gattis has been moved down from fourth to fifth in the order despite his big career numbers against lefties and that Jed Lowrie is hitting third.

Luis Valbuena is batting third for the Astros in Monday's season-opener against the Indians.

The full Opening Day lineup for the 'Stros, who are playing host to the Tribe at Minute Maid Park: Jose Altuve 2B, George Springer RF, Luis Valbunea 3B, Evan Gattis DH, Chris Carter 1B, Jason Castro C, Jed Lowrie SS, Colby Rasmus LF, Jake Marisnick CF. Dallas Keuchel is pitching.
Apr 6 - 10:54 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

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