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Christian Villanueva | Third Baseman | #80

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / TEX
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Padres signed 3B Christian Villanueva to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 25-year-old missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured right fibula, then was non-tendered by the Cubs in early December. He hit .257/.314/.438 with 20 homers and 95 RBI over 129 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa in 2015. Fri, Dec 23, 2016 10:52:00 PM

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Cubs non-tendered 3B Christian Villanueva.

Villanueva was forced to miss the entire 2016 season with a fractured right fibula. There's a chance that the club will try to bring him back on a minor league contract.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 10:21:00 AM

Cubs activated 3B Christian Villanueva from the 60-day disabled list.

Villanueva missed the entire season after fracturing his right fibula in spring training. He'll be ready to go next spring but will surely begin 2017 back in the minors.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 05:53:00 PM

Cubs transferred INF Christian Villanueva from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move clears a spot for Ryan Kalish on the 40-man roster. Villanueva fractured his right fibula in late February and is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season.
Tue, May 3, 2016 03:45:00 PM

Cubs placed 3B Christian Villanueva on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 25, with a fractured right fibula.

Villanueva suffered the injury in late February. He's expected to miss most, if not all, of the 2016 season.
Sun, Apr 3, 2016 02:37:00 PM

An X-ray on Cubs third base prospect Christian Villanueva's right leg revealed a fractured fibula.

Villanueva suffered the injury on Sunday when he landed awkwardly after jumping for high chopper. He's expected to be sidelined for multiple months. It's a tough break for Villanueva, who is a decent prospect but was already buried on the Cubs' loaded depth chart.
Sun, Feb 28, 2016 02:25:00 PM

Cubs third base prospect Christian Villanueva suffered a right ankle injury on Sunday and has been sent for X-rays.

Villanueva suffered the injury when he landed after jumping for high chopper. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times says it "didn't look good," so we could be looking at a long-term injury. Obviously more will be known once the X-ray results are in.
Sun, Feb 28, 2016 01:19:00 PM

Cubs prospect third baseman Christian Villanueva went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk for Double-A Tennessee.

The 23-year old Villanueva was demoted to Double-A in order to clear third base for Kris Bryant, and he has done well in Double-A, hitting .292/.373/.477 with six doubles and two home runs in 17 games. It has to be hard to be demoted, but Villanueva is taking it well, and could carve out a role as a defense-first third baseman.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 09:22:00 AM

Cubs third base prospect Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 with a home run and two walks for Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

Villanueva's big night raised his season line to .228/.290/.401, which, coupled with the recent hot streak of Javier Baez, the solid play of Arismendy Alcantara, and the hot hitting of Kris Bryant, could push Villanueva into a backup role. Villanueva is the strongest defender of the Cubs infield prospects, but he will need to hit to have a chance to start.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 09:07:00 AM

Cubs third base prospect Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 on Saturday for Triple-A Iowa.

Villanueva was hitting a meek .188/.258/.325 through his first 23 games, but has hit .370/.393/.481 over his past seven games. Kris Bryant has been destroying the ball in Double-A, so Villanueva will need to keep hitting if he is to have a chance of being the Cubs third baseman of the future.
Sun, May 11, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Cubs third-base prospect Christian Villanueva is hitting .308/.400/.615 with a home run and a double through four games in Triple-A.

Villanueva is the forgotten third base prospect in the Cubs system, as he is blocked at the major league level by Mike Olt and Luis Valbuena, with Kris Bryant lurking in Double-A. However, Olt is hitting .077/.077/.308 and Valbuena is hitting .250/.471/.250, which could open the door for Villanueva. Originally signed by the Rangers out of Mexico in 2008, he was acquired as part of the Ryan Dempster trade in 2012. Villanueva is considered a substantially above-average defensive third baseman, which could hasten his ascent.
Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:02:00 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of 3B Christian Villanueva from High-A Daytona.

Acquired from the Rangers in the Ryan Dempster deal, Villanueva batted .279/.353/.427 with 14 homers and 14 steals at the High-A level this season. He's not close to the majors, but the Cubs didn't want to risk losing him in the Rule 5 Draft.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 08:08:00 PM

Cubs acquired 3B Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks from the Rangers for RHP Ryan Dempster.

Baseball America rated Villanueva as the game's 100th best prospect prior to this season. The 21-year-old Guadalajara, Mexico native is a career .286/.350/.438 hitter over four seasons on the farm. He's currently at the High-A level and is a few years away from the bigs.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 04:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Austin Hedges
2Hector Sanchez
3Luis Torrens
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Ryan Schimpf
2Cory Spangenberg
3Carlos Asuaje
SS1Erick Aybar
2Allen Cordoba
3Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Yangervis Solarte
LF1Travis Jankowski
2Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
RF1Hunter Renfroe
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jhoulys Chacin
2Jered Weaver
3Trevor Cahill
4Clayton Richard
5Luis Perdomo
6Christian Friedrich
7Robbie Erlin
8Colin Rea
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brandon Maurer
2Carter Capps
3Brad Hand
4Ryan Buchter
5Miguel Diaz
6Craig Stammen
7Buddy Baumann
8Jarred Cosart
9Jose Torres
10Kirby Yates
11Kevin Quackenbush