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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Angels activated 1B/3B Luis Valbuena from the 10-day disabled list.

Valbuena will make his Angels debut on Tuesday night against the Mariners after missing the first month of the season with a right hamstring strain. He hit .348/.375/.478 on his six-game minor league rehab assignment and should draw regular starts for Anaheim between first base and third base. Valbuena signed a two-year, $15 million free agent contract with the Halos this offseason. It also includes an $8.5 million mutual option for 2019.
May 2 - 5:59 PM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Tuesday.

Valbuena took a scheduled day off at High-A Inland Empire on Thursday but will resume his rehab assignment Friday. The infielder has gone 3-for-11 at the plate so far. He should serve as the Angels' regular first baseman against right-handers once he's activated.
Apr 28 - 12:44 PM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) went 1-for-3 in his third rehab game Wednesday with High-A Inland Empire.

He is expected to play another 2-3 minor league games before joining the Angels' active roster. Valbuena was signed in January to a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8.5 million mutual option for 2019 but landed on the disabled list at the end of March after injuring his surgically-repaired right hamstring. He'll serve as Anaheim's regular first baseman once he's ready, further limiting the role of C.J. Cron.
Apr 27 - 8:56 AM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Monday.

Working his way back from a right hamstring strain, Valbuena slated to play 5-7 games before being activated from the disabled list. With C.J. Cron struggling, Valbuena should play regularly against righties once he returns.
Apr 23 - 1:26 PM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) began running the bases on Friday.

He's on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment in the next 5-to-7 days. Barring setbacks, he should be able to rejoin the big league club in early May.
Apr 21 - 7:50 PM

Luis Valbuena (hamstring) has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and hitting in a batting cage.

The hope is that Valbuena will be able to run on the field next week. The veteran infielder has been out of commission for the last two weeks after straining his right hamstring, which is the same hamstring he had surgery on last August. If all goes well, Valbuena could return in late April or early May.
Apr 7 - 12:16 PM

Angels placed INF Luis Valbuena on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Valbuena had surgery on the same hamstring last August and then strained it last month. He's expected to be out until May. C.J. Cron will be the Angels' regular first baseman.
Apr 2 - 2:37 PM

Depth Charts

C1Martin Maldonado
2Juan Graterol
1B1Luis Valbuena
2B1Danny Espinosa
2Cliff Pennington
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Kaleb Cowart
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ben Revere
CF1Mike Trout
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Andrew Heaney
8J.C. Ramirez
9Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
R1Bud Norris
2Cam Bedrosian
3Huston Street
4Andrew Bailey
5Jose Alvarez
6Blake Parker
7Yusmeiro Petit
8David Hernandez
9Keynan Middleton