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Luis Valbuena | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/30/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.
Valbuena has been hitting well of late, as he's 8-for-19 with two doubles, three RBI and five runs scored over his past five games. Valbuena is hitting .252/.338/.443 with 51 RBI and 66 runs scored in what will represent a career year for the 28-year-old. Sep 21 - 8:06 PM

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Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Brewers.

Valbuena had an RBI single and a run scored in the Cubs' four-run first inning. He also doubled and scored in the fifth inning. Valbuena has hits in eight of his last nine games, bringing his line up to .248/.328/.450.
Sep 2 - 11:40 PM

Luis Valbuena hit a solo home run in the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Brewers on Monday.

The eighth inning solo shot was Valbuena's only hit of the game, as he finished 1-for-3. While Valbuena might just be treading water for the Cubs until Kris Bryant breaks out of the minors like an angry bear, the 28-year old third-baseman has put up a career year in 2014. It helps that the Cubs are bad enough to be able to give Valbuena 400+ ABs. He's slashing .245/.325/.440.
Sep 1 - 5:26 PM

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.

Valbuena capped the Cubs' five-run second inning with his 15th home run of the year. The third baseman came a triple shy of the cycle, his first multi-hit game in over a week. Valbuena is hitting .245/.325/.440 on the year.
Aug 31 - 7:09 PM

Luis Valbuena walked and hit a solo home run in four at-bats in the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

Valbuena belted a solo home run to right field off of Mat Latos, the first of back-to-back home runs with Jorge Soler. The third baseman has hit three home runs in his last seven games, giving him 13 on the season along with 43 RBI and a .241/.322/.428 slash line.
Aug 27 - 10:45 PM

Luis Valbuena is back in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

Valbuena didn't start the last two games due to a sinus issue, though he did pinch-hit Saturday. He's batting .232/.318/.406 this season.
Aug 17 - 11:29 AM

Luis Valbuena won't start until at least Sunday due to the flu.

He will, however, be available to pinch-hit the next two days. Chris Valaika is at third base Friday in Valbuena's place.
Aug 15 - 5:48 PM

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-5 with a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning, but the Cubs fell in 10 innings to the Rockies on Wednesday.

Valbuena brought the Cubs to a 4-2 deficit with an RBI single in the sixth inning, then knotted it up at 4-4 with a two-run blast off of Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle. Ultimately, the Cubs fell in 10 innings despite Valbuena's best efforts. The third baseman has had a good season, slashing .253/.336/.434 with eight home runs and 34 RBI.
Jul 30 - 11:35 PM

MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Athletics and Giants are "sifting through" potential options at second base, including Luis Valbuena, Asdrubal Cabrera, Aaron Hill, Martin Prado and Gordon Beckham.

With Chase Utley not expected to be traded, the above group is the best of the lot for contenders looking to upgrade at second base. Of the five, only Hill and Beckham list second as their main position. However, all have plenty of experience at the keystone. The D'Backs appear much more willing to deal Hill than Prado.

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

Valbuena had an RBI double in the seventh inning to give the Cubs a short-lived lead, his 18th RBI of the season. He's now had six multi-hit games in his last eight, raising his average to .292. Valbuena is also somewhat surprisingly among the National League leaders with a .391 on-base percentage in what's been a strong offensive season for the 28-year-old.
Jun 17 - 11:39 PM

Luis Valbuena is batting leadoff for the Cubs Sunday.

It's the 27th time in his career but just the second time this season that Valbuena has been in the leadoff spot. It makes sense, as he's one of the Cubs' most patient hitters and is also their hottest hitter with a .417/.432/.639 batting line over the last 11 games. Valbuena sports a nice .291/.390/.471 line overall this season.
Jun 15 - 10:58 AM

Luis Valbuena (abdomen) is back in the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Mets.

Valbuena missed two games because of a minor abdominal injury. He's playing third base and batting fifth.
Jun 3 - 4:19 PM

Luis Valbuena (abdomen) is expected to return to the Cubs starting lineup on Tuesday.

He has been dealing with a minor abdominal injury, which shouldn't be a problem moving forward. In his 47 games on the season, Valbuena is hitting .263/.384/.436 with three homers and 12 RBI.
Jun 1 - 5:48 PM

Luis Valbuena is not in Sunday's lineup due to an abdominal injury.

The ailment isn't considered serious, so Valbuena should be listed as day-to-day. Mike Olt is at third base and Darwin Barney is at second base Sunday.
Jun 1 - 12:27 PM

Luis Valbuena hit his third homer and walked twice against the Padres on Saturday.

He's now halfway to his spring total of six homers. Valbuena, though, has been very solid playing against right-handers, hitting .265 with 11 doubles and 23 walks in 117 at-bats. As thin as the third base market is, he should be a pretty nice piece of trade bait for the Cubs this summer.
May 25 - 12:52 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
3Rafael Lopez
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Javier Baez
2Logan Watkins
SS1Starlin Castro
2Chris Valaika
3B1Luis Valbuena
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Junior Lake
CF1Arismendy Alcantara
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Jacob Turner
7Felix Doubront
8James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Kyuji Fujikawa
8Eric Jokisch
9Blake Parker
10Dan Straily
11Brian Schlitter
12Arodys Vizcaino
13Zach Rosscup