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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman | #18

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (32) / 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 went 0-for-5 as his Angels teammates combined for eight runs and 12 hits against the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Shohei Ohtani's impressive play has cut into Valbuena's playing time, and while it's likely that Valbuena would a better option as a first baseman against right-handers than Albert Pujols going forward, he just hasn't shown enough thus far to force the Angels to make any difficult decisions. He has a putrid 41/6 K/BB ratio to go along with his .230 average in 126 at-bats. May 24 - 4:31 PM

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Luis Valbuena cracked a solo home run for his only hit across four at-bats in Tuesday's victory against the Orioles.

Valbuena connected for his solo homer in the sixth inning off of Alex Cobb. He won't hit for a very high average but he has a little bit of pop for his fantasy owners in AL-only play.
May 2 - 3:07 AM

Luis Valbuena ended up 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 7-3 setback against Oakland.

Valbuena took reliever Ryan Buchter in the seventh inning to close Oakland's lead to just 4-3, but that's as close as the Halos would get. The left-handed hitting veteran has multi-hit games in each of the first two contests against Oakland and he has managed four RBI over his past four outings. There is no denying his power, but he has a tendency to hurt fantasy owners in the batting average department.
Apr 8 - 3:02 AM

Luis Valbuena has left the Angels to travel to Florida to take the U.S. citizenship test.

Valbuena was a late scratch for Wednesday's game against the Indians in Arizona, and we now know why. It's not known how long he'll be away from the Angels, but he should be back with Los Angeles well before the start of the regular season.
Mar 14 - 7:16 PM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League loss to the Giants.

Valbuena went yard off Andrew Suarez in the second inning. He's homered twice and driven in five runs in the early going this spring. The veteran infielder notched his second season with 20-plus home runs last season, though he managed just a .199 batting average to go with that decent bit of pop.
Mar 10 - 6:00 PM

Luis Valbuena singled and belted a solo home run Tuesday versus the Diamondbacks.

Valbuena took Neftali Feliz deep in the seventh inning for his first home run this spring. He's slated to see regular starts at first base against right-handed pitching this season but isn't mixed league material.
Mar 6 - 5:44 PM

Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI as the Angels topped the Astros on Sunday.

His two-run double broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning and put the Halos on top for good. He's hitting just .194/.286/.424 on the season, though he has clubbed 21 home runs and plated 60 runs.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Luis Valbuena clubbed his 21st home run of the season as the Angels fell to the Astros on Thursday night.

His solo shot off of Brad Peacock in the fourth inning cut the Angels' deficit to 2-1. Valbuena finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting an anemic .199/.289/.441 with 21 homers and 57 RBI.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 01:45:00 AM

Luis Valbuena had a two-run homer and a double in Wednesday's rout of the Astros.

Valbuena is hitting .314 with nine RBI in 35 at-bats against his former team thus year. The homer was his 20th of the season, and he's tied his career high with 56 RBI, even though he's had about 175 fewer at-bats this year (302 so far) than in 2014 and 130 fewer than in 2015, when he set the career high.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 02:29:00 AM

Luis Valbuena crushed a solo home run on Sunday as the Angels beat the Mariners in Seattle.

His solo shot off of Erasmo Ramirez tied the score at 2-2 in the seventh inning. He finished the day 1-for-4, raising his season slash to .197/.290/.424 with 19 homers and 54 RBI. Aside from the occasional power, he isn't a valuable contributor from a fantasy perspective.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 07:51:00 PM

Luis Valbuena went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

The Astros looked like they might run away with this one early and held a 4-0 lead after four innings before the Angels got to work. They would score three runs in the fifth inning via a bases-clearing double by Ben Revere to draw to within 4-3. Valbuena would flip the score in favor of the Halos one frame later with his two-run home run, but the Astros would come back against the bullpen to ultimately land this one in the loss column for the home team. While Valbuena is hitting just .208/.288/.434 for the season as a whole, he has been in a power groove of late, having clocked five home runs in his last 10 games.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 06:59:00 PM

Luis Valbuena had a three-run homer and an RBI single against the Rangers on Wednesday.

The Angels haven't really missed Yunel Escobar with both Valbuena and C.J. Cron playing well. Valbuena now has 10 homers and 24 RBI in 79 at-bats since the break. The tough call for Mike Scioscia will be what to do when Escobar returns, something that could happen early next week. Benching Albert Pujols would be the appropriate move, but we doubt he'll do that.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 01:54:00 AM

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.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 12:08:00 AM

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.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 04:19:00 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.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 12:37:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Martin Maldonado
2Rene Rivera
1B1Luis Valbuena
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Zack Cozart
2Jefry Marte
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Mike Trout
2Michael Hermosillo
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Chris Young
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Garrett Richards
2Shohei Ohtani
3Matt Shoemaker
4Andrew Heaney
5Tyler Skaggs
6Nick Tropeano
7J.C. Ramirez
8Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
R1Keynan Middleton
2Cam Bedrosian
3Blake Parker
4Jim Johnson
5Jose Alvarez
6Noe Ramirez
7Blake Wood
8Justin Anderson
9Ian Krol