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Christian Villanueva | Third Baseman | #61

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / TEX
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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. May 3 - 3:45 PM

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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.
Apr 3 - 2:37 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.
Feb 28 - 2:25 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.
Feb 28 - 1:19 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
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Justin Grimm
5Mike Montgomery
6Trevor Cahill
7Travis Wood
8Carl Edwards Jr.
9Joe Nathan
10Zac Rosscup