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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-3 and hit his 21st homer to score the Astros' only run Friday against the A's.

It was just Valbuena's second homer in six weeks. However, he's been raising his average; it stood at .195 after he hit his 18th and 19th homers on June 23 and it's .213 now. As a result, he's getting playing time at first over Chris Carter with Jed Lowrie back. Manager A.J. Hinch will likely just go with the hot hand the rest of the way.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 12:51:00 AM

Luis Valbuena is not in the Astros' lineup Sunday.

Valbuena had played the last three days after missing time with a sprained left big toe. With the Rays throwing lefty Matt Moore, he'll get some more rest Sunday. Marwin Gonzalez is at third base.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 11:31:00 AM

Luis Valbuena (toe) went 0-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup Thursday.

Valbuena hadn't played since Sunday due to a sprained left big toe. He could probably use the All-Star break for it to get back to 100 percent.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 08:10:00 AM

Luis Valbuena (toe) remained out of the Astros' lineup Wednesday.

He hasn't played since Sunday due to a sprained left big toe. Valbuena is hoping to be back in action by the end of the week. Marwin Gonzalez is handling third base.
Wed, Jul 8, 2015 03:54:00 PM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that Luis Valbuena (toe) could see action in this week's Indians series.

Said action will not be coming on Tuesday unless it's as a pinch-hitter, as Valbuena is not listed in the starting lineup. He's now missed two in a row as he nurses a sprained left big toe. The Astros will play the Indians through Thursday.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 05:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jason Castro
1B1Luis Valbuena
2Tyler White
2B1Jose Altuve
2Tony Kemp
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Colin Moran
2Marwin Gonzalez
LF1Colby Rasmus
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
Starting Pitcher
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Doug Fister
5Mike Fiers
Relief Pitcher
R1Luke Gregerson
2Ken Giles
3Pat Neshek
4Tony Sipp
5Will Harris
6Scott Feldman
7Michael Feliz
8Chris Devenski