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Christian Villanueva | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 160
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Welington Castillo
4Taylor Teagarden
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Arismendy Alcantara
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3Chris Valaika
3B1Tommy La Stella
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Ryan Sweeney
3Matt Szczur
RF1Jorge Soler
2Junior Lake
3Mike Baxter
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Travis Wood
6Tsuyoshi Wada
7Jacob Turner
8Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6Brian Schlitter
7Phil Coke
8Edwin Jackson
9Zach Rosscup
10Drake Britton
11Anthony Carter
12Jorge De Leon
13Daniel Bard