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Christian Villanueva | Third Baseman | #22

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Drafted: 2008 / UDFA / TEX
Contract: view contract details

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Christian Villanueva finished 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss on the road against the Dodgers.
Villanueva is making the most of his opportunity since being called up from Triple-A El Paso, going 9-for-23 (.391) with four homers and a 1.304 OPS across 23 at-bats over nine outings. He is certainly making his way into the fantasy sleeper conversation for 2018. Sep 27 - 3:41 AM

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Christian Villanueva homered for the second consecutive game, powering the Padres to a 3-0 victory over the Rockies on Thursday night.

Villanueva got the Padres on the board with a solo blast in the fifth inning. He also chipped in a run-scoring single the following frame, finishing the night 2-for-3. The rookie third baseman is hitting .364/.364/.909 through his first 11 plate appearances at the big league level.
Sep 22 - 12:59 AM

Christian Villanueva went 2-for-4 and hit his first major league homer Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

Villanueva didn't get the nod on Tuesday, but he has started two of the three games since his callup. The Padres should make him their third baseman the rest of the way just to see what they might have here.
Sep 21 - 1:07 AM

Padres purchased the contract of 3B Christian Villanueva from Triple-A El Paso.

The former Cubs prospect batted .296/.369/.528 with 20 homers and 86 RBI for El Paso this season. He could see the occasional start in the final weeks.
Sep 18 - 6:22 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are calling minor league infielder Christian Villanueva up from Triple-A El Paso.

It's well-deserved, as the 26-year-old Villanueva batted .296/.369/.528 with 20 homers and 86 RBI over 109 games this season in Triple-A. This will be his first call-up to the majors. He'll offer some depth at the corner infield spots for the final two weeks.
Sep 18 - 2:20 PM

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

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

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