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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 hit his 18th and 19th homers Tuesday against the Angels.
Valbuena might be having the most bizarre season of anyone in the league, what with his .195 average and a homer total that ranks second in the AL. He has just 47 hits, a full 40 percent of which were homers. He showed nice pop last year, too, but that resulted in 16 homers in 478 at-bats with the Cubs. His 19 homers this year have come in 240 at-bats. We doubt he'll keep hitting homers at this rate, but then, we would have said that a month ago, too. Jun 24 - 1:30 AM

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Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI, and a walk in Tuesday's 8-5 win over the Rockies.

Valbuena had Chris Rusin's number on this day, launching a solo home run in the second inning before launching a three-run blast one inning later. He's now up to 16 home runs on the year despite a .188 batting average. In other words, 39 percent of his hits this season have been home runs. He's been a boom or bust option in fantasy leagues.
Jun 16 - 6:10 PM

Luis Valbuena connected for a three-run homer as part of an eight-run first inning against Felix Hernandez on Friday.

The Astros snapped their seven-game losing streak in grand fashion Friday and Valbuena delivered the biggest blow. He was an unlikely candidate to do it, as he was hitless in his last 19 at-bats coming into Friday's action. Valbuena has slugged 13 home runs this season, but he's hitting just .181 with a .249 on-base percentage. Look for Jed Lowrie (thumb) to take over at third base when he's ready to come off the disabled list.
Jun 13 - 12:15 AM

Luis Valbuena is absent from the Astros' lineup Monday.

It's just a day off. Marwin Gonzalez is at third base in Valbuena's place.
Jun 8 - 4:44 PM

Luis Valbuena homered and scored two runs in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

The infielder, who has homered in two straight, took Orioles starter Mike Wright deep in the third inning. He also walked and scored in the eighth inning. Valbuena has 12 home runs, sixth-most in the American League, but owns a disappointing .199/.270/.431 line overall.
Jun 2 - 11:56 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Monday's victory over the Orioles.

Valbuena tied the game up in the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Ubaldo Jimenez. He also scored the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning. 10 of Valbuena's 11 home runs this season have been of the solo variety. Along with 19 RBI, he's hitting .196/.260/.413.
Jun 1 - 10:59 PM

Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros' lineup Monday.

He's getting a day off after blasting his 10th home run of the season on Sunday. Jonathan Villar is at third base in Valbuena's place.
May 18 - 4:31 PM

Luis Valbuena hit a solo homer Friday against the Blue Jays.

Valbuena went 1-for-4 on the night and is batting just .203 on the year, but he leads the Astros with nine home runs. Four of his nine hits this month are home runs.
May 15 - 11:35 PM

Luis Valbuena hit his seventh homer of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

Valbuena connected off Rangers starter Wandy Rodriguez in the first inning for the solo shot. The homer was his only hit in four at-bats, and the feast-or-famine theme has been prevalent this year. Valbuena has seven homers, fourth in the American League, but he's batting just .211/.276/.474 through 24 games.
May 5 - 11:16 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
1B1Chris Carter
2Jon Singleton
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
2Jed Lowrie
3Marwin Gonzalez
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Preston Tucker
3Domingo Santana
CF1Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Lance McCullers
5Vincent Velasquez
6Dan Straily
7Brad Peacock
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Joe Thatcher
8Samuel Deduno
9Roberto Hernandez