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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman | #18

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 217
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2002 / UDFA / SEA
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Luis Valbuena turned a ninth-inning two-run deficit into a 10-9 Astros victory with a three-run walk-off homer against the Athletics on Friday.
Valbuena went 3-for-5 with four RBI and scored twice. His heroics boosted his line to .265/.364/.478 for the year, which adds up to a nice .842 OPS. Those are pretty good rate stats. His counting stats have not been as impressive. He has 12 home runs but only 35 runs, 36 RBI and zero steals. Jul 9 - 12:45 AM

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Luis Valbuena (back) went 3-for-4 with three RBI in his return to action Saturday.

Valbuena had to depart Friday's contest with lower back tightness, but he didn't have to miss any starts. He's got his batting line up to .257/.357/.442 after the recent surge he's been on.
Jun 26 - 8:16 AM

Luis Valbuena exited Friday's game against the Royals with lower back tightness.

Valbuena went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored before exiting in the second inning. It's probably safe to call him day-to-day.
Jun 24 - 10:02 PM

Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

The home run was his third in as many games, as Valbuena apparently likes batting against Orioles pitching. Thursday's blast came against Kevin Gausman, one of three homers Gausman gave up to Astros hitters on the night. Valbuena's power display has more than doubled his home run total since the start of the series, as the 30-year-old now has five homers and 15 RBI to go with a .220/.303/.402 line.
May 26 - 11:32 PM

Luis Valbuena hit a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

Valbuena finished 2-for-4 in the game, with his two-run shot off Chris Tillman in the fifth inning giving the Astros a fleeting lead. The homer was just his third of the season after he broke out with 25 dingers last year. One thing he has carried over is his struggle to hit for average, as the 30-year-old is hitting a measly .207/.294/.347 in 39 games.
May 25 - 1:01 AM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and five total RBI in Sunday's 10-9 loss to the Red Sox.

Valbuena cracked a three-run homer off Red Sox starter Sean O'Sullivan in the second inning. He would add a two-run double in the fifth. Despite all of the offensive pyrotechnics, the Red Sox offensive machine was more than up to the task and saddled the Astros with their 24th loss in 39 games. Valbuena is slashing .208/.306/.340 with two homers, eight doubles and 10 RBI over 106 at-bats. He was never going to hit for average in 2016, but the overall lack of power is somewhat disappointing.
May 15 - 6:26 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored against the Indians on Monday.

Valbuena has started to pick it up with his playing time coming into question, but he's still hitting just .198 with five RBI in 81 at-bats. The Astros could promote A.J. Reed in a few weeks, and once that happens, they could give Tyler White starts over Valbuena at third base, depending on how each is producing.
May 9 - 11:35 PM

Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Mariners.

Valbuena stepped to the plate in the ninth with his Astros trailing 2-1. He would tie up the proceedings by notching a leadoff homer against Steve Cishek. Unfortunately for Valbuena and his crew, Robinson Cano would smack a solo homer of his own in the top of the 10th to send Houston to their 20th loss of the season. With a .178/.294/.274 triple-slash over 73 at-bats, Valbuena's fantasy value is severely limited right now. It should be noted, though, that the third baseman has hit double-digit homers in each of the last three seasons. He whacked a career-best 25 last season.
May 7 - 11:13 PM

Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros starting lineup for Sunday night's contest against the Red Sox.

He'll take a seat in favor of Marwin Gonzalez against opposing right-hander Henry Owens. The 30-year-old is off to a slow start at the dish, hitting .239/.352/.326 with no homers and four RBI in 54 plate appearances.
Apr 24 - 4:32 PM

Luis Valbuena delivered a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Astros' 6-3 victory over the Cardinals on Friday.

The Astros traded Jed Lowrie, so Valbuena again has third base all to himself in Houston. Perhaps Marwin Gonzalez will start over him against the occasional left-hander, but Gonzalez might be needed more across the diamond at first base.
Mar 4 - 6:43 PM

Astros and INF Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.125 million contract.

It's a nice raise for Valbuena in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The veteran infielder earned the raise after slugging 25 homers for the Astros last season, although he hit just .224/.310/.438 overall.
Jan 15 - 10:26 AM

Luis Valbuena had surgery this offseason to remove a bunion on his left foot.

He'll be fine for the start of spring training. Valbuena hit .224/.310/.438 with 25 homers for the Astros this past season.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 06:25:00 PM

Luis Valbuena clubbed a two-run homer in the Astros' Game 5 loss to the Royals on Wednesday.

His second-inning blast off Johnny Cueto was the only offense of the night for Houston. In fact, the Astros were held hitless by Cueto and Wade Davis after the home run.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 11:01:00 PM

Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup for the Astros on Saturday.

Valbuena accounted for all of the Astros' offense with a solo homer in Friday's loss to the Rangers, but he'll take a seat on the bench with left-hander Derek Holland toeing the slab on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 10:56:00 AM

Luis Valbuena launched a two-run homer Friday against the Rangers.

His fourth-inning blast against Yovani Gallardo was the only offense of the game for the fading Astros. Valbuena has amassed 23 home runs this season, but he's done so despite hitting .212 with a .300 on-base percentage.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 12:45:00 AM