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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-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

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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

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Valbuena took Adam Wainwright deep for a two-run blast in the third inning, his second homer of the season. He also doubled in the top of the 12th inning, finishing an elusive triple shy of the cycle. The third baseman is batting .226 with a .738 OPS in 35 games this year.
May 14 - 1:21 AM

Luis Valbuena had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI.

Valbuena delivered his RBI double off Trevor Rosenthal with two outs in the ninth inning, cutting the Cardinals advantage to 5-4, but was stranded at second base. Even with the two-hit effort, he's still hitting a disappointing .227 on the season and stuck in a timeshare with Mike Olt at third base.
May 4 - 11:30 PM

Luis Valbuena got a rare start atop the Cubs lineup on Tuesday and made the most of it, going 2-for-4 and scoring three times in a win over the Diamondbacks.

Valbuena was the catalyst for an offense that put up nine runs on the evening. He scored all three times he was on base after scoring just three runs all season prior to Tuesday.
Apr 22 - 11:23 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt will split time at third base.

But the higher upside lies with Olt -- a former top prospect of the Rangers -- and he seems likely to take over the job within the first few months. It probably won't be an ideal situation for fantasy purposes early on.
Mar 27 - 1:54 PM

Luis Valbuena knocked a pair of balls over the wall and plated four runs on Friday, powering the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the White Sox.

The 28-year-old finished the afternoon 2-for-3, whiffing in his other at-bat. He's been stinging the ball when he does make contact though, slashing .276/.364/.828 with four homers and 10 RBI in Cactus League play. He did hit 12 homers in limited action in 2013, and is worth a look in the later rounds of mixed league drafts as he's slated for everyday at-bats to begin the season.
Mar 21 - 8:48 PM

Luis Valbuena went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Angels on Monday.

The Cubs' projected starter at third base, Valbuena's Cactus League average fell to .227 in 22 at-bats. However, all five of his hits have gone for extra bases: four doubles and a home run. The Cubs haven't seen a slugging percentage above .400 from their playing time leader at third base since Aramis Ramirez in 2011.
Mar 17 - 7:09 PM

Luis Valbuena had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Indians, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

The 28-year-old got the start at second base in this one, but could open the season as the Cubs starter at the hot corner. He's now hitting .263 (5-for-19) with five RBI in Cactus League play.
Mar 16 - 7:15 PM

Luis Valbuena belted a two-run homer on Friday, powering the Cubs to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers in Cactus League play.

Valbuena finished the day 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored, and also walked in the ballgame. Even with the nice day at the plate, he's hitting just .188 on the spring season and is in danger of losing his starting job at third base to Mike Olt who has been pummeling the baseball as of late.
Mar 14 - 11:22 PM

Cubs avoided arbitration with 3B Luis Valbuena by agreeing to a one-year, $1.71 million contract.

Valbuena was eligible for arbitration for the first time. The 28-year-old batted just .218/.331/.378 with 12 homers last season but is the favorite to open 2014 as the Cubs' starter at third base.
Jan 17 - 8:31 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2John Baker
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Darwin Barney
2Arismendy Alcantara
SS1Starlin Castro
3B1Luis Valbuena
2Mike Olt
LF1Junior Lake
CF1Emilio Bonifacio
2Ryan Sweeney
3Chris Coghlan
RF1Nate Schierholtz
2Justin Ruggiano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Travis Wood
3Edwin Jackson
4James McDonald
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4James Russell
5Wesley Wright
6Carlos Villanueva
7Justin Grimm
8Brian Schlitter
9Zach Rosscup
10Kyuji Fujikawa